I still haven't changed my car radio station from KMCQ, even though they continue to play only the worst hits from the 70s and 80s. At this point I don't think I'm going to change the station, I'm just going to continue to complain about hearing "Hotel California" once more. At least something fairly interesting has started to happen, I've begun dissecting the lyrics of the garbage they're playing. Even though I've heard Foreigner's "Double Vision" at least a four thousand times, I've never really paid close attention to the lyrics.
Never do more than I really need
My mind is racing, but my body's in the lead
Tonight's the night, I'm gonna push it to the limit
I live all of my years in a single minute
This song has a rather simple meaning, it's about getting fully wasted on drugs. "Double Vision" was released in July of 1978 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Eventually, the single sold over a million units. That fact is fucking mind blowing.
Another oft-played mound of hot garbage coming from KMCQ is "Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon. Over at the brilliant Songmeanings.com, the definition of this one ranges from:
"This are words of a father that is destroyed by looking at his daughter growing up and becoming a woman. This song its about his daughter! Are you guys blind? Read the lyrics again."
"I also wanna add that the guitar solo in this song freakin rocks!"
Ultimately, it's probably about a cuckold who is still living in his parent's basement. There are some conflicting ideas in the lyrics as well, but that's only because it's hard to write an entire song with a cohesive idea when you're fucking wasted and have double vision. Regardless, it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 and probably bought a dozen people five motorcycles made of solid gold cocaine.
Regardless, in true Classic Rock Garbage Thunderdome fashion, we're here to decide: which of these awful songs is better?