Whatcha Gonna Do?

Album: A Place in the Sun (1977)
Charted: 6


  • Pablo Cruise is a pop band from the San Francisco Bay area which hit big in the late 1970s. It was formed in 1973 by David Jenkins, Cory Lerios, and Steve Price, who had been members of the band Stoneground, and they were joined by bassist Bud Cockrell, who had previously played with a Bay Area band called It's A Beautiful Day. Cockrell left the band in 1977 before it hit big and was replaced by Bruce Day, who was the bassist when the band was at its peak, but he left in 1980. This single was their first major hit, and it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about a man who has a good woman who loves him, but risks driving her away because he's acting like a jerk, asking what will he do when she inevitably gets fed up and walks out on him? >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 1, 1978, Pablo Cruise performed "Worlds Away" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV network Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    The song was track one of side one on the group's fourth studio album, 'Worlds Away', the album peaked at #6* on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Three tracks from the album made Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart; "Love Will Find a Way" {#6*}, "Don't Want to Live Without It" {#21}, and "I Go to Rio" {#46}...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show they also performed "Love Will Find A Way", at the time it was at #30 on the Top 100, eight weeks it would peak at #6* {for 1 week}, and it spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    Their only other Top 10 record, "Whatcha Gonna Do?", also peaked at #6* and it stayed on the Top 100 for a half-year {26 weeks}...
    * Seems 6 is Pablo Cruise's lucky number!
  • Tony from San DiegoPiles of coke indeed, strippers that I hooked up with...miss those days!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 2nd 1977, Pablo Cruise performed "Whatcha Gonna Do?" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on April 10th, 1977 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #93; and on August 14th, 1977 it peaked at #6 (for 2 weeks) and spent a half-year on the Top 100 (26 weeks)...
    It reached #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1977 and 1981 the quartet had nine Top 100 records; with two making the Top 10, their other Top 10 record was "Love Will Find A Way' at #6 in 1978...
    (See next post below).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 1st 1978, Pablo Cruise performed "Love Will Find A Way" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Thirty-three days earlier on May 28th, 1978 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #70; and on August 20th, 1978 it peaked at #6 (for 1 week) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the day it reached #6, exactly one year earlier on August 20th, 1977 "Whatcha Gonna Do!" was also at #6 on the Top 100.
  • Bryan from Atlanta, GaToo bad, John. You should have hung around with a better crowd. This is a great "wakeup" song for guys who become complacent with their relationships, not realizing what they have.
  • John from Beltsville, MdThis song, to me, conjures up images of bad haircuts, loud shirts, huge moustaches and piles of coke.
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