I'm going to keep on loving you
'Cause it's the only thing I wanna do...
REO Speedwagon is an American Arena Rock
band that grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s.
Initially playing in a style that blended hard rock guitars and drums with frontman Kevin Cronin's high, piercing tenor voice and Neal Doughty's softer keyboard touches, the band recorded several moderately successful albums before breaking out, as many rock bands did at the time, with a live album (You Get What You Play For
). They subsequently became one of the foremost Arena Rock
bands, achieving great success in the early 1980s. Their popularity waned by the end of the decade, when the rock scene became dominated with Hair Metal
groups, but they've stayed together in some shape or form and still play today.
REO Speedwagon hits include "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling". Both songs are power ballads
. "Keep on Loving You" is one of the first power ballads, and it appears on the group's most commercially successful album, Hi Infidelity.
This album also included several other hits, including "Take It on the Run," a song that peaked at number 5 on the U.S. charts.
- Break Up Song: "Take It on the Run" is sung to a Love Interest who is rumored to be cheating on him and refusing to defend herself.
- Fanservice: The cover of Hi Infidelity (1980).
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The hits are approximately 2. Earlier songs were a little bit higher on the scale, like a standard 3-very soft 4, but they were never an extremely heavy band.
- Power Ballad: Responsible for two of the best ("Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling").
- Precision F-Strike: In the song Tough Guys from Hi Infidelity (1980), we have this
They think they're full of fire
She thinks they're full of shit
- Punny Name: One of the backing vocalists in Hi Infidelity (1980) is credited as "N Yoletta" (actually the band members performing as an alias), which is the pun on the title of one of the songs, In Your Letter.
- For that matter, Hi Infidelity itself, using infidelity as a play on "Hi Fi," or "high fidelity," a term refering to high-quality reproduction of audio.
- Revolving Door Band: Only one member, Neal Doughty (organ/keyboard) has stayed constant.
- Rock Star Song: Rock 'N' Roll Star.
We hit the road
And the road hit back
- Silly Love Songs
- Vocal Tag Team: It happened often in the 1970s, with lead guitarist Gary Richrath singing chunks of each album, notably R.E.O. (1976). In later albums, one song would be sung by bassist Bruce Hall.