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‘Where are you Now’ by Jimmy Harnen and Synch – Classic Hit or Miss

“Where Are You Now” is a power ballad by the Pennsylvania-based 1980s band Synch. Co-written and sung by Synch bandmember Jimmy Harnen, the song was initially credited solely to “Synch” when it was first released in 1986. In 1989, the song was re-released under the name ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’.

Synch was a band that formed in 1985, with Jimmy Harnen as the drummer. The band’s other members were lead vocalist Lou Butwin, guitarist Dave Abraham, bassist James A. Donnelly and keyboardist Chuck Yarmey. Although not the “official” lead vocalist for the group, Harnen was afforded the chance to sing lead on his own composition. “Where Are You Now” was first released on the independent label Micki Records in 1986. After receiving local airplay in the Wilkes-Barre market, Synch got signed to Columbia Records, and “Where Are You Now” was re-recorded and re-released as a single, later also appearing as a live version on Synch’s lone album, Get the Feelin’…. By the time this album was recorded, only Harnen and Yarmey remained from the original line-up, with Harnen now the lead vocalist. The single only peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, leading to the band being dropped from Columbia.

However, in 1989, the song gained huge popularity and received heavy airplay, prompting record executives to re-release the original (major label) recording of the single, now credited to ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’. The song also became a big hit in the Philippines. WTG, a new label at the time, signed Harnen as a solo artist, and while the song was climbing the charts he began recording a full-length release for the label. This time, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary (Billboard Chart). Harnen’s debut album Can’t Fight The Midnight was released the same year.

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