After listening to Pitbull and Yglesias violate this tune in some detail, I thought to myself, Self, you used to totes love REO Speedwagon. And ya know, Dan England [ETA: This is exactly the word finding/word swapping that is driving me nuts. It is England Dan. *sigh*] and John Ford Coley turned out to be pretty cool, so why not give this a try again. Don't wait for a member of the band to die; just buy it now on iTunes and give it a listen.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from a 1980's Arena Rock masterpiece, but it is even more amazeballs than I remember. I was T.'s age when this came out (perhaps a few months older), and I loved, loved, loved it. I suspect I _did_ own it at some point, because I know all the songs -- play a few bars and I am singing along. What I in no way expected was how adult the lyrics turn out to be. Yeah, sure, I kinda memorized them as a child, but I didn't have any real understanding of what was really going on in these songs back then, and I sort of wish I'd been listening to this stuff in my early 30s when it might have done some good.
If you have _any_ tolerance for late 70s/early 80s arena rock, you owe it to your over 30 self to give this a listen. It is wonderful, wonderful music and we completely failed to appreciate it at the time, clumping it in with Air Supply and Journey and goddess knows what else. Don't let this turn into something mined by millenials and otherwise forgotten.