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One of the most popular North American rock bands of the 1980s, Loverboy scored a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles with their canny blend of pop hooks and polished but energetic arena rock. Loverboy were formed in 1979 by vocalist Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean; both were veterans of Western Canada's rock scene (Reno had worked with the band Moxy, while Dean toured and recorded with Scrubbaloe Caine and Streetheart), and Dean was rehearsing with a new band in Calgary, Alberta. One of the musicians working with Dean invited Reno to stop by and jam with the group, and Reno quickly concluded he'd found the singer he'd been looking for. The two began writing songs together, and with the addition of Jim Clench on bass, Matt Frenette on drums, and Doug Johnson on keyboards, Reno and Dean's new band became Loverboy. After a few initial gigs (including a show opening for Kiss in Vancouver), Paul Clench left Loverboy, and Scott Smith became their new bassist, completing the band's definitive lineup. Loverboy's initial demos attracted no offers from American record labels, but Columbia's Canadian branch signed them, and the group shortly went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock. The result was Loverboy's self-titled debut, which was an immediate hit in Canada, selling over 700,000 copies in a matter of months. Columbia then signed Loverboy for the United States as well, and on the strength of hit singles like "The Kid Is Hot Tonight" and "Turn Me Loose," the album climbed the charts in America while the group toured hard in support. Released in 1981, Get Lucky, also produced by Fairbairn, was even more successful, spawning the band's signature tune "Working for the Weekend" and rising to the Top Ten of the Billboard album charts. Get Lucky also won an unprecedented six Juno Awards, the Canadian music industry's highest honor. Issued in 1983, Keep It Up maintained the multi-platinum success of Loverboy's previous albums, and the band launched an eight-month world tour in support. In 1984, Reno took time out from the band's busy road schedule to record a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart, "Almost Paradise," for the soundtrack to the film Footloose; it became a major hit, rising to number seven on the Billboard singles charts. For their fourth album, 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It, Loverboy aimed for a harder sound with the help of producer Tom Allom, best known for his work with Judas Priest. However, while the album still fared well, it didn't sell as well as the first three LPs, and 1987's Wildside, which reunited the band with Fairbairn, was their first album not to go platinum. With sales down and Reno and Dean experiencing creative differences, Loverboy quietly broke up in 1988. Reno and Dean both released solo albums, and the band staged a short reunion tour in support of a 1989 greatest-hits album, Big Ones. In 1991, Brian MacLeod of the venerable Canadian band Chilliwack was diagnosed with cancer, and Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi staged a benefit concert to help with his medical expenses. Loverboy, who had worked with both acts in the past, reunited to join the bill, and enjoyed the experience so much that they booked full tours for both the United States and Canada in 1992 and 1993. Changing tastes stalled the band's recording career during this period (Reno has told more than one reporter, "Nirvana killed my career"), but in 1997, Loverboy returned to the studio to record VI, their first studio effort in ten years, and the band continued to tour periodically until November 30, 2000, when Scott Smith died as the result of a boating accident. In 2001, the band launched a tour dedicated to Smith, with new member Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (formerly with Tom Cochrane, Red Rider, and Streethear t) joining in on bass. The same year, the band released Live, Loud & Loose, a collection of concert recordings taped between 1982 and 1986. A 25th anniversary tour was staged in 2005, and in 2007, Loverboy issued their seventh studio album, Just Getting Started. Loverboy were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2012 the band reunited with engineer Bob Rock to record a pair of new songs, "Heartbreaker" and "No Tomorrow." These two tracks, along with a third new tune, were featured on the album Rock ‘n' Roll Revival, which combined the new numbers with fresh studio recordings of nine Loverboy favorites. ~ Mark Deming
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Working for the Weekend
  3.   Turn Me Loose
  4.   Lovin' Every Minute of It
  5.   When It's Over
  6.   Almost Paradise
  7.   Hot Girls in Love
  8.   The Kid Is Hot Tonite
  9.   Heaven in Your Eyes
  10.   This Could Be the Night
  11.   Turn Me Lose
  12.   Take Me to the Top
  13.   Teenage Overdose
  14.   Rock 'N' Roll Revival
  15.   Lead a Double Life
  16.   Boy Likes the Girl
  17.   Notorious
  18.   It's Never Easy
  19.   D.O.A.
  20.   Dangerous
  21.   The Real Thing
  22.   Just Getting Started
  23.   Your Town Saturday Night
  24.   I Told You So
  25.   Destruction
  26.   Queen of the Broken Hearts
  27.   It Don't Matter
  28.   Lady of the 80's
  29.   It's Your Life
  30.   Lucky Ones
  31.   Jump
  32.   Little Girl
  33.   Crack of the Whip
  34.   Lovin Every Minute
  35.   Heartbreaker
  36.   No Tomorrow
  37.   As Good as It Gets
  38.   Lost with You
  39.   Sword and Stone
  40.   Don't Keep Me in the Dark
  41.   Don't Let Go
  42.   Wildside
  43.   Break It to Me Gently
  44.   Walkin' on Fire
  45.   Too Hot
  46.   For You
  47.   Meltdown
  48.   Chance of a Lifetime
  49.   Friday Night
  50.   She Fine
  51.   You Play the Star
  52.   Slave
  53.   Queen of Broken Hearts
  54.   I Would Die for You
  55.   Hometown Hero
  56.   Can't Get Much Better
  57.   One-Sided Love Affair
  58.   Passion Pit
  59.   Always on My Mind
  60.   Watch Out
  61.   Emotional
  62.   Bullet in the Chamber
  63.   Too Much Too Soon
  64.   Countin' the Nights
  65.   Love Will Rise Again
  66.   Fire Me Up
  67.   The One That Got Away
  68.   One of Them
  69.   Fade to Black
  70.   Read My Lips
  71.   That's Where My Money Goes
  72.   Steal the Thunder
  73.   Doin' It the Hard Way
  74.   What Makes You So Special
  75.   Come Undone
  76.   Ain't Such a Bad Thing
  77.   I'm Alive
  78.   Stranded
  79.   Gangs in the Street
  80.   Prime of Your Life
  81.   Prissy Prissy
  82.   Ain't Looking for Love
  83.   Strike Zone
  84.   Destination Heartbreak
  85.   Back for More
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