Air Supply

Just admit it.

Even though you don’t own one of their albums or download their songs you know you like Air Supply. They are the quintessential goopy, gloppy, sugary, hyper-romantic, stalwart-of-the-station-the-ladies-in-the-office-listen-too, soft rock.

They are also the gold standard for goopy, gloppy, sugary, hyper-romantic, stalwart-of-the-station-the-ladies-in-the-office-listen-too, soft rock, or as they call it now, adult contemporary.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock

The main members of Air Supply, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, met while performing in an Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Air Supply began as a five member outfit, but since their inception their numbers have waxed and waned, leaving Russell and Hitchcock as the band’s only constant members.

Air Supply toured with Rod Stewart both in Australia and the United States in late 70’s, but as the decade came to a close, the Supply struggled to find success, especially outside of Australia.

Then in 1980, the band recorded their seminal album Lost in Love and the rest is adult contemporary history.

Before the 1980’s were over (before 1983 was over), Air Supply would record eight top ten singles; one of those singles reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and three of those singles reached the top of the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts.

The band is still soft-rocking. In 2006, they released an acoustic album called “The Singer and the Song.” Air Supply is currently preparing to release their first studio album in three years called Zed.

In 2005, Air Supply became one of the first foreign bands to be invited to perform in Cuba. Their first of two concerts in Havana had an audience of 175,000 (which says a lot about the live music scene in Cuba). Their second concert was canceled due to Hurricane Dennis. With the power out and the city is tatters, the duo’s second concert was an acoustic performance at their hotel (I bet that was an awesome show).

Despite their success, Air Supply has reach infamy as being the bubblegum music your mom, or grandmother, listens too. Safe, corporate, mainstream and successful, Air Supply is the arch-enemy of whatever music you currently listen too.

Worst yet, admitting that you’re an Air Supply fan or even admitting you enjoy their music, is a sure fire way to receive the proverbial “stuffed-in-a-locker” treatment from music snobs and rock critics.

Things are even worse if you’re a heterosexual male and you’re a Supplier (my name for fans of Air Supply). Owning Air Supply’s greatest hits will take exhaustive amounts of football watching and voluminous one-night-stand stories to recuperate your reputation.

Yet despite all of that, when an Air Supply song comes on the radio, you turn up the volume and sing-a-long. You know all the lyrics to “Lost In Love,” “Every Woman in the World,” “Even the Nights are Better,” and especially “All Out of Love.”

When you’re trapped in the dentist’s waiting room and Air Supply blares from the in-house speaker you internally rejoice. With nowhere to run—forced to listen—you can just relax and enjoy their tender soft rock ballads guilt free.

I understand that Air Supply won’t replace our edgy rock music, or our off-the-hook hip-hop, or or any of the other types of music currently residing in our media players. But it is time we recognize the soft rock duo for what they are.

For if you have to listen to goopy, gloppy, sugary, hyper-romantic, stalwart-of-the-station-the-ladies-in-the-office-listen-too, soft rock than you want to listen to Air Supply, because they are the best goopy, gloppy, sugary, hyper-romantic, stalwart-of-the-station-the-ladies-in-the-office-listen-too, soft rock band of all-time.

They’ve recorded songs we like to sing-a-long with and how many other bands can says that.

The quintessential Air Supply Album

The quintessential Air Supply Album

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