Showing posts with label REO Speedwagon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label REO Speedwagon. Show all posts

Jul 8, 2019

In Your Letter by REO Speedwagon (1981)

In Your Letter by REO Speedwagon (1981)
"In Your Letter" is a song written by Gary Richrath that was first released on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. It was released as the fourth single from the album and just made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #20. It also reached #26 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also had some chart success in Canada, reaching #34.




The music of "In Your Letter" is a throwback to songs of the 1950s and 1960s. Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes it as a "sun-kissed '60s homage." Philippa Hawker of The Age describes it as "a grimly uptempo 60s style whinge." Leslie Michele Derrough of Glide Magazine describes it as sounding like a "1950s sock hop." Gerald Martineez described the song as "an uptempo tune about an angry lover complaining of the way he was dumped." Armour described the music as having a "dizzying doo-wop feel." Hawkins also noted a stylistic similarity with the Pointer Sisters' song "Should I Do It" from their 1981 Black & White album. In a demo version released on the 30th anniversary version of Hi Infidelity the guitar part has some rockabilly feel.

Dec 3, 2018

REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run (1981)

REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run (1981)
"Take It on the Run" is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album Hi Infidelity. It was released as a single in 1981 and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached number 19 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by lead guitarist Gary Richrath. "Take It on the Run" was the follow-up single behind the group's number one hit, "Keep on Loving You". The single went gold on April 17, 1989. "Take It on the Run" has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums.


Dec 29, 2015

REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling - From The Album The Essential REO Speedwagon (1985)

REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling - From The Album The Essential REO Speedwagon (1985)




"Can't Fight This Feeling" is a power ballad performed by the American rock band REO Speedwagon, the single remained three consecutive weeks at the number one position at the U.S. Hot 100 chart from March 9 to March 23, 1985.

The song is about a man falling in love with a girl with whom he has been friends for a long time. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1984 album Wheels Are Turnin'. It was the group's second number-one hit on the U.S. charts (the first being 1981's "Keep on Loving You", also written by Kevin Cronin) and reached number sixteen in the UK. "Can't Fight This Feeling" has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums. REO Speedwagon performed the song at the 1985 Live Aid concert.