The song was written by Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country - and they were HUGE at the time. After the ballsy Shine stalled in the charts, I think Epic probably got nervous and looked for a quick fix. While Come To Me probably had the most commercial appeal of the single candidates, it strikes me that Epic were hoping to snap up the Big Country fans by going with Heart Of The Country, which was incredibly close to the band's own sound (no surprise: the lead singer wrote it; the band's drummer drummed on it; the band's producer produced it). The cynicism was too obvious to succeed. Only my opinion, of course.
Su Pollard (of Hi-De-Hi fame) released Come To Me (I Am Woman) in 1985 and it stalled at number 71. She had a number 2 hit the following year with a theme from a BBC TV series. Come To Me then got re-released and still bombed. It's therefore unlikely it would have been a hit for Frida.
Were Radio 1 playing any of the solo singles in the 80s? I somehow doubt it, so there was little chance of any track being a hit.
Hmm. Su's hit was virtually a novelty and her take on Come To Me was very cabaret. While it's the same song and the versions share some similarities, I think the label campaign is the big difference. Given the range of big hits in the 80s, I don't think Radio 1 was quite as ageist as it is these days. I certainly think that Frida's version of Come To Me could have done big business via Radio 2 - a station that would not have supported Shine, Twist In The Dark or even Heart Of The Country.
I still think the anti-ABBA thing was an undeniable factor - for instance, Agnetha's determinedly commercial singles and at least two more of the Chess singles should have performed a little better than they did, if you ask me. (I think Nobody's Side, The Arbiter and, above all, Anthem are hits that got away).
Shine / Chemistry Tonight Slowly / I Don't Wanna Be Alone Come To Me (I Am Woman) / The Face Don't Do It / That's Tough
Frida should have moved to Parlophone, CBS [Sony] or Virgin Records after she sold her shares to Polar Music. 'Not-so' Epic Records was neglectable toward her in promotion But at least we have deep cuts of Frida's songs in most of this album. :-)