Song of the Day, July 22: Lonesome Loser by Little River Band

LRBLonesomeToday’s song is Lonesome Loser by Little River Band. By the time of their fifth album, First Under the Wire, the Australian group were a fixture on the pop charts. This was the lead single from that album and one of their biggest hits; it peaked at #6 in the summer of 1979. It’s one of guitarist David Briggs’ rare writing credits and the only single he wrote solo.

The song is classic LRB, with strong work from a cohesive band and great vocals. It’s 70s pop at its finest, radio-friendly but distinctive. It celebrates the power of dealing with loss and setbacks. Despite the title, the central character is admirable in his adversity.

Have you heard about the lonesome loser
Beaten by the queen of hearts every time
Have you heard about the lonesome loser
He’s a loser, but he still keeps on tryin’

Enjoy this classic track today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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