Yeah, yeah, you kids and your “Africa.” By Toto IV, the home of “Africa,” I was out, but when “Hold the Line” dropped in 1978 I was all in. Granted, I was 11 years-old, but those crunchy Steve Lukather riffs and Bobby Kimball “woe woe woes” were right up there with the Guys In Black Tee Shirts Who Jam tracks that I loved.
If anything killed my Toto love it was the power of video. To my sixth grade eyes, the band looked like the cast of a Steak and Ale commercial.
Honestly, though, I still dig the song, and I’m always game for a picture disc. Unlike the “Africa” shape disc, an original copy of “Hold the Line” will only run you about five bucks. What’s odd (to me, anyway) is that the 2017 Record Store Day reissue trades in the 15-20 dollar range. Happy hunting.