I think I came across this song for the first time on the 30 min English songs program aired every Sunday at 12.30pm on the radio during 80's. At that time, I was slowly getting into listening to English songs. I must admit that the initiation happened with Michael Jackson's 'Beat it'. :)
The first time I heard this song, I was trying to understand the accent, the words, trying decipher what the song was all about and I thought Kenny Loggins was saying 'Full loose'! I remember wondering why anyone would want to sing that someone or everybody is totally mad (loose = mad / crazy in Kannada slang) :) Only later on did I understand it to be 'Foot loose' and that meant carefree. :)
But the peppy number had already grabbed my attention ad later on my interest.
Here it is, if you haven't heard it already and to those who know Kannada slang, pay close attention to how he says 'Footloose' :)