Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Got to Rock On" by Kansas

Song#:  0448
Date:  12/27/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  76
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock, Prog Rock

Pop Bits:  The first single from their "Audio-Visual" album, the Christian-leaning "Hold On," barely reached the Top 40 and this second single got stuck in the lower quarter of the chart. The lack of radio support stared to wear on album sales as it was the first Kansas studio album since 1976 not to reach the Top 10. Although the album would eventually go gold, it would be the group's last album to do so. It also became the last album to feature all the original members of Kansas.

ReduxReview:  With a few exceptions, Kansas were not really a singles group. This is one of their more straight-forward rock tunes and it is alright, but still not a terrific single. It certainly sounds more Kansas-y than "Hold On" though and probably would have made a better lead single at least.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The band originated in Topeka, Kansas, and after several iterations, a group evolved that was called White Clover. This band was signed by Don Kirshner for his record label and it was then that the group officially adopted the Kansas name. They released their self-titled debut album in 1974.


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