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For a seat at the table, would you sing for your supper?

Was it the natural result of creative evolution, or did REO Speedwagon cut a secret deal with the transition team of President-elect Ronald Reagan? We may not ever know the truth, but what we do know is this: (1) Just a few short weeks after the inauguration of our fortieth president, your Birthstar unveiled an awesome new weapon not previously seen in their arsenal -- the power ballad; and (2) the launch of Keep On Lovin' You against the civilian population caught almost everyone by surprise, though it was not recognized until many months later as the first strike in a popstrological war against all things raw and thrilling. The role of the new administration in the whole affair remains unclear, but what is clear is that the rise of REO Speedwagon marked the rise of the new and Massively powerful constellation Reaganrock. While retaining aesthetic signifiers of rebellion like leather jackets and long male hairstyles, the Reaganrockers eschewed anything that was truly risky or threatening, and in doing so, they set an example that much of the U.S. population would follow throughout the 1980s. Are all popstrological children of REO Speedwagon willing to reinvent themselves in the interest of profit? Not necessarily, but nearly all will find their principles surprisingly flexible when the lure of power is dangled before them.
Birthsongs
Keep On Lovin' You  Mar 15-21, 1981
Can't Fight This Feeling  Mar 3-23, 1985


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