Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy

Song#:  0819
Date:  11/14/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  29
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  This band's self-titled debut album became a hit reaching #13 and going platinum thanks in part to the #35 single "Turn Me Loose" (a #6 Mainstream Rock hit). Their follow-up album was titled "Get Lucky" and they certainly did. The album reached #7 on the chart and it eventually became their best-selling album in the US moving 4 million copies. The biggest draw to the album was this rock anthem that made the Top 30 and went to #2 on the Rock chart. Although the song wasn't a mega-hit upon release, it has far outlived its chart days being used in films, on TV, and in video games. The band would go on to have a couple Top 10 hits, but this is the one that became their signature song.

ReduxReview:  How on earth this didn't get in the Top 10 is beyond me. Maybe a little too rock for pop radio at the time? Dunno. But like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," this one has had a very long life. How could it not? From the immediately identifiable opening keyboard riff to the rock anthem chorus, this has been a rallying song for many workaday folks - including me.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The cover of the "Get Lucky" album features a close view of someone's rear end in leather pants. The person wearing them is the band's lead singer Mike Reno.


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