Can you name Air Supply's last big hit in the '80s?
If there has been any metamorphous by '80s music lovers, it is the acceptance of bands we once made fun of as teenagers. The litmus case for this is Air Supply. Once scoffed at by '80s hipsters as being uncool, many of us have had a change of heart and love Air Supply just as they are, or is it Just As I Am.
It's hard to believe that it has been over six years ago that Steve Spears interviewed Russell Hitchcock for the SIT80s podcast that won him and many of its listeners over to become Air Supply appreciators. Air Supply was a fixture on the charts the first half of the '80s placing eleven straight singles in the American Top 40. Their final Top 40 in America was Just As I Am that peaked at No. 19 in 1985.
Just As I Am is almost a power ballad rather than a regular ballad with a strong guitar solo and the expected vocal heroics by Hitchcock, who could hold that last note better than any male singer in the '80s. Unfortunately while Air Supply made plenty of videos in the '80s, most of them are standard performance videos and Just As I Am does not deviate from the pattern with the exception of Hitchcock avoiding a flock of his female admirers at the beginning.
Even after they stopped charting in the U.S., Air Supply released eight more albums post-85 and still tour constantly.