One of the bad habits that radio stations have is not telling you the name of either a song or the artist that does it. They’ll do maybe five in a row, and you’ll like the third of the set, but never quite catch its name or the name of the artist who did it. Maybe the set runs into a commercial break, or you get to the office and have to go in before finding out what it was. Such is the case with me and Melbourne, Australia’s Little River Band. They’ve been around since 1975, I’ve heard practically all of their US hits, but, to this day, I’m hearing songs of theirs and saying “They did that one?”
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: I worked third shift in the winter of 1978, and when I’d come home from work I was in no mood to go to bed, so I’d turn on the radio to WFYR, an erstwhile “lite-rock” station in the Chicago area, brew a pot of coffee, and sit and read the Sun-Times until I was tired enough to go to sleep. One of the tunes that I would hear every morning was our first song, “Reminiscing,” from 1978’s Sleeper Catcher. I fell in love with it almost immediately, and soon I wouldn’t go to bed until I had heard it. As it became less popular, I’d leave the radio on when I went to bed, but always seemed to miss it. It’s been played on US radio stations over five million times since it came out and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Our second tune today is “Take It Easy On Me,” from 1981’s Time Exposure. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Almost 40 years and numerous personnel changes later, the Little River Band is still making music. They’re you Two for Tuesday, October 22, 2013.