Hi Infidelity

For the Italian film, see High Infidelity.
Hi Infidelity
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released November 21, 1980
Recorded March–October 1980
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 34:55
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath
REO Speedwagon chronology
Nine Lives
Hi Infidelity
Good Trouble
Singles from Hi Infidelity
  1. "Keep On Loving You"
    Released: November 4, 1980
  2. "Take It on the Run"
    Released: March 1981[1]
  3. "Don't Let Him Go"
    Released: May 1981[2]
  4. "In Your Letter"
    Released: July 1981[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB−[5]

Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981, eventually selling over ten million copies. Six songs from this album hit Billboard charts, including "Keep On Loving You" which was the band's first Number 1 hit, and "Take It on the Run", which reached No. 5 on the charts. The album title is a play on the term Hi-Fi (high fidelity), and the album art is an illustration of this pun where an act of sexual infidelity is occurring while the man is putting a record LP to play on the hi-fi stereo. The song "Tough Guys" uses an audio clip from the 1938 Our Gang episode "Hearts Are Thumps".[6]

"Tough Guys" was one of two songs from the album that charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart despite not being released as singles. Music critic Robert Christgau called "Tough Guys" his favorite song from the album but suggested that the line "They think they're full of fire/She thinks they're full of shit" would prevent the song from reaching the pop Top 40.[5]

In October 2004, the band recorded the songs of this album live from beginning to end for an XM Radio "Then Again Live" special.

On July 19, 2011, Sony Music rereleased Hi Infidelity with bonus demo tracks for the album's 30th anniversary.[7]

Track listing

Side 1
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Don't Let Him Go"  Kevin Cronin 3:47
2. "Keep On Loving You"  Cronin 3:22
3. "Follow My Heart"  Tom Kelly, Gary Richrath 3:50
4. "In Your Letter"  Richrath 3:18
5. "Take It on the Run"  Richrath 3:59
Side 2
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
6. "Tough Guys"  Cronin 3:51
7. "Out of Season"  Cronin, Kelly 3:07
8. "Shakin' It Loose"  Richrath 2:27
9. "Someone Tonight"  Bruce Hall 2:42
10. "I Wish You Were There"  Cronin 4:27


Additional personnel



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard 200 1 (15 weeks)

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Mainstream Rock 11
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Pop Singles 24
1981 "In Your Letter" Pop Singles 20
1981 "Keep on Loving You" Mainstream Rock 9
1981 "Keep on Loving You" Pop Singles 1
1981 "Out of Season" Mainstream Rock 59
1981 "Take It on the Run" Mainstream Rock 6
1981 "Take It on the Run" Pop Singles 5
1981 "Tough Guys" Mainstream Rock 25

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl FE 36844
USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Tape FET 36844
USA 1980 Epic Records 8 TRK E36844
USA 1985 Epic Records CD EK 36884
USA 2000 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (Remaster) EK 61614
USA 2011 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (30th Anniversary 2 Disks) 88697695792
Japan 2011 Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1223


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