Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Keep on Loving You" by REO Speedwagon

Okay, I'll admit that I liked old school REO Speedwagon, songs like "Ridin' the Storm Out", "Roll with the Changes", "Keep Pushin'", et al. As a pre-teen, I had an 8-track of A Decade Of Rock And Roll 1970 to 1980 that I listened to often. What can I say? I was born in Champaign, IL three years after REO formed there. But Hi Infidelity was the beginning of the end. REO went to shit in the 1980s.

Original lyrics:
And I'm gonna keep on lovin' you
'Cause it's the only thing I wanna do
I don't wanna sleep
I just wanna keep on lovin' you

Lewd lyrics:
And I'm gonna keep on fuckin' you
'Cause you're the only thing I wanna screw
I don't want a sheep
I just wanna keep on fuckin' you

At first blush, this may look like merely cursing for cursing's sake. In this case, however, it serves to de-pussify the song and therefore the band, particularly singer Kevin Cronin. And in the 1980s, REO was desperately in need of de-pussification.

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