Loverboy Was the Greatest Eighties Band!

The Eighties would have been nothin' without Loverboy!

 

I have fond memories of the rock band, Loverboy. Back in the 1980s, every time I went to a bar or nightclub the juke box or deejay would be playing one of their numerous hits. The band’s lively brand of mainstream rock ‘n’ roll was some of the most danceable music around. Purists of hard rock or “hair metal” may have found Loverboy lacking in edgy panache, or perhaps they were a little too melodic as opposed to punchy, but I’m sure millions of fans enjoyed their slick, hook-laden sound.

But the band had to pay their dues before finding stardom. Hailing from Calgary, Canada, Loverboy had trouble finding a recording company until Columbia/CBS Records Canada signed them in 1980. Their first album, highlighted by the catchy tune “Turn Me Loose,” quickly ascended to the top of the charts and eventually went platinum. Led by vocalist Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean, the band kept hitting the right licks, releasing one multi-platinum record after another, providing major scores such as “The Kid Is Hot Tonight,” “Working for the Weekend,” “When It’s Over,” “Jump,” “Hot Girls in Love” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”

Showing the band’s talent for producing the torchy love song, Loverboy released “Heaven in Your Eyes,” featured in the hit movie, Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise. But keyboardist Doug Johnson refused to appear on the video because he thought the movie glorified violence.

In the middle 1980s, Loverboy played on Saturday Night Live, rocking the house down, as it were. Regarding SNL, in 1990 Loverboy’s song, “Working for the Weekend,” was used as background music during a sketch starring Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze, both of whom trying to win an audition as Chippendales dancers, provoking plenty of belly laughs.

Loverboy produced the album Lovin’ Every Minute of It in 1986. Tom Allom, prodigious producer for bands such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, gave the band a harder edge and also steered them toward the contemporary New Wave sound championed by such artists as the Fixx, Lee Ritenour and Bourgeois Tagg, particularly on the song, “Lead a Double Life.” This “new sound” continued through their next album Wildside (1987), though neither album sold as well as its predecessors.

In 1989, Loverboy released Big Ones, a collection of greatest hits, essentially to fulfill a recording contract, and then Reno and Dean launched solo careers, essentially ending the band.

Temporarily, that is. Surprise! What popular bands haven’t reformed at some time or another?

Loverboy reunited and returned to the concert circuit in the early 1990s, releasing a couple of compilation albums along the way. Then in 2001 the band released its first live album, Live, Loud and Loose, offering remixed and remastered versions of concert recordings from 1982 to 1986.

Then, in 2007, Loverboy released an album of new material, Just Getting Started, an offering exemplifying their prowess as heart-fluttering balladeers, particularly on the numbers, “Fade to Black,” “Real Thing” and “I Would Die for You.”

Certainly the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll sound of Loverboy will never die. And if you want to re-live the Eighties, just listen to their records again.

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Check out some of Loverboy’s videos below:

Hot Girls in Love

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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

those were the years of good memories for me......a good share


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

OMG I had (almost) forgotten all about LOVERBOY your so right Loverboy was the greatest eighties band ... well one of them...do more bands...do more! Love the videos:) Thanks and Peace :)


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Katiem2, I'll take your advice and keep writing about bands. Regarding such, I think it's time for everyone to write more about Eighties bands, don't you think? Later!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Kosmo you are pretty knowledgable about music and I like your hubs along those lines. However Loverboy the greatest band of the 80s ? Gimme , The Cure , U2, Duran Duran , The Smiths anyday. But I did like " Workin for the weekend "


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

There are lots of Eighties bands to choose from, Tony0724. I also like the ones you like, especially U2 and Huey Lewis and the News. Thanks for the input. Later!


Tammy Charles 6 years ago

Check out the band website www.loverboyband.com


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I loved their music and many 70's-80's bands. I still listen to "the oldies" instead of all this new junk. Music died for me pretty much in the 80's. Not all but most.

I went to a Loverboy Concert in 1984 and took tons of great pics. Then I went again in 1994 and took more pics. I ended up writing a "Loverboy: Then and Now" article for the newspaper which included many of my then and now photos.

The last time I saw them was in 2005 at the fair. It was great. After, I watched as the band members hand picked several women in their 40's who were dressed up like they were 18 again and signaled for security to let them come in to their private trailer. Mike Reno has gained some weight since the 80's, I guess being a rock star is still good even when your older and fatter! Is there any hope for us guys who are just older and fatter? I hope so! Maybe if I hire me a security guard I can hand pick women too. - Pffff too funny....

- Harlan


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks a lot for telling me about writing that "Then and Now" article about Loverboy! Anyway, apparently there's still hope for portly, balding guys getting women, as long as they stick with women in their age group, that is. Darn! By the way, I've extended my interest in rock through the grunge era in the early to middle 1990s. Pearl Jam, anyone? Later!


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

WHOA NELLIE!

HEY BACK UP THERE! I STILL HAVE ALL MY HAIR!

I've misplaced that greek-god physique I used to have, but I still have a full head of (slightly grey) hair.

lol.


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

I was speaking hypothetically, Harlan! At any rate, you're lucky you still have a full head of hair. Some of us don't have that "hair gene." Later!


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Terminus 6 years ago

Man... you have got to be kidding me..no further comment


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

Hey, Terminus, I thought you said the Eighties were a dead decade in terms of rock and roll?... Anyway, I have to sell the story some way. At any rate, they were a great dance band. Later!


mark 5 years ago

i still love tom g nigeria loverboy like you too www.liltomg.4t.com see the boy there

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