Saturday, June 16, 2018

"Lovin' Every Minute of It" by Loverboy

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2436
Date:  08/24/1985
Debut:  59
Peak:  9
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Canadian band nearly grabbed their first US Top 10 Pop hit with "Hot Girls in Love," the lead single from their third album Keep It Up. The track stalled just shy at #11. However, this title-track first single from their fourth album finally got them in the Top 10 when it reached #9. The song would be their fourth one to reach the Rock Top 10 getting to #3. The hit would help drive the album to #13 and over time it would be a double-platinum seller - their fourth in a row to at least reach that level.

ReduxReview:  This was a good song choice for the band and it paid off for them. I actually would have preferred if this had a heavier rock production, but that might not have worked in their favor. First, the song definitely had a Def Leppard feel to it so beefing up the production may have made it sound way too much like Leppard, therefore it was probably good Lange did not produce it (see below). Second, a rock heavy record may not have done as well as this more pop radio friendly take. Overall, it was a solid moment for the band and it finally got them in the Top 10.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  On their previous three LP's, all the tracks were co-written by various members of the band. For their fourth album, they reached out and got a couple of songs that were written by other people. This hit was one of them. It was written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had been having major success producing acts like Def Leppard, AC/DC, and The Cars. Lange would typically produce songs that he wrote, but around this time period his schedule was packed so a few of his songs got picked up by artists and recorded without Lange's participation, as was the case with this song. It was produced by Tom Allom, who stepped into the chair after Loverboy's previous producer, Brian Fairbairn, couldn't do it due to schedule conflicts.


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