Song of the Day, April 10: The Rumor by Little River Band

LRBFirstUnderToday’s song is The Rumor by Little River Band. Releasing four albums in as many years while touring extensively, the group had become a tight, finely tuned unit. Rather than creating a predictable, repetitive sound, however, the experience had polished their sound but not dulled their energy. First Under the Wire is their finest LP, a smart set  of pop songs with deep rock roots.

One of the highlights is this song, a clever look at the power of words and innuendo. It opens with a lush, folky passage before breaking into a strong pop groove. Vocalist Glenn Shorrock is in fine form and the rest of the band provide the great harmonies that help define the LRB sound. The surging energy of the music drives the lyric, which wanders from point to point as the rumor is circulated and manipulated. It’s a common musical theme, but this clever treatment invests it with fun, distinctive energy.

Enjoy this great song 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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