Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0538
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  65
Peak:  5
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  The same week that REO's "Keep on Loving You" reached #1, this second follow-up single debuted on the chart. It would soon follow right into the Top 10 and keep the group's album "Hi Infidelity" at #1 for 15 weeks. The album would also be the year's biggest selling rock album.

ReduxReview:  A big more rockier than "Keep on Loving You," this is still in that same rock-ballad vein and sounds great. It's not quite as good of a song, but it still is solid and was the second of a big one-two punch from the group. They were at their peak and this showed why.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  When MTV started broadcasting on August 1, 1981, the video for this song was to be the ninth video played. It did play, but just briefly. Seconds after the video started, due to technical difficulties the screen went blank and video was not seen in full. It did finally play in full later in the day as the 68th video played.


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