Music for Monday: Triumph, ‘Lay It on the Line’ (1979)

Rik Emmett and Triumph laying it on the line in 1979

Rik Emmett and Triumph laying it on the line in 1979

Last week on Music for Monday we had a slice of Barry Manilow. This time around we tilt to the opposite side of the 70s musical spectrum for a taste of Triumph.

An inspiration for Harry Shearer and Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls? (Mike Levine of Triumph, 1979)

An inspiration for Harry Shearer and Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls? (Mike Levine of Triumph, 1979)

Triumph, a hard-rocking trio from Ontario, Canada, released “Lay It on the Line” in the summer of 1979. The tune was recorded in late ’78 for the band’s Just a Game L.P. “Lay It on the Line” peaked at #86 on the Billboard chart but received substantial rock radio airplay. More than the chart placing may imply.

Triumph, ‘Lay It on the Line’ Official video, 1979

Previously on Music for Monday: Barry Manilow, ‘I Write the Songs’ (1975)

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2 Responses to Music for Monday: Triumph, ‘Lay It on the Line’ (1979)

  1. FilmFather says:

    “I don’t ask for much / The truth will do just fine”

    One of my favorite lyrics ever.