Going Through the Motions

Album: Aftershock (1990)
Charted: 52


  • Here, we have a man inviting his partner to talk openly about their relationship problems. The song was penned by Peter Lord, who told Songfacts: "I had an idea and wrote it. It was built around a melodic piano riff."
  • This was Aftershock's only hit in the US, peaking at #52. The group was the duo of Jose Rivera and Guy Charles Routte.
  • Peter Lord is a coveted songwriter, best known for his work on Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound. Lord told us that his work with Aftershock lead him to meeting Abdul. "My production partner, V. Jeffrey Smith, and I were working on a group called Aftershock for Virgin Records," he said. "They were signed to the same label as Paula and we heard she was looking for new material. So we went to work to submit."


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