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Red Rider - Don't Fight It [Capitol ST-12028] (1980)

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Title:

Don't Fight It

Released: 1980
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST-12028
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Don't Fight It
02 How's My Little Girl Tonight
03 White Hot
04 Just The Way It Goes
05 Good News
06 Look Out Again
07 Make Myself Complete
08 Avenue "A"
09 Iron In The Soul
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Sean Carruthers [allmusic.com]

Released shortly after the successful single "White Hot," Don't Fight It shows Red Rider balancing between the folk roots of lead singer Tom Cochrane and the more progressive rock tendencies of the rest of the band. Indeed, while the single "White Hot" (which is also included here) was different enough from other commercial music on the radio at the same time to attract some attention, the rest of the album is fairly traditional pop/rock. (The track "Good News," for example, sounds almost distressingly like one of the Doobie Brothers' soul-tinged pop songs.) For a debut effort it's quite good, but the band would really hit their stride on the follow-up album, As Far As Siam.


Red Rider - As Far As Siam [Capitol Records ST-12145] (30 June 1981)

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Title:

As Far As Siam

Released: 30 June 1981
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog: ST-12145
Pressing: Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville
Genre: Rock


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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Lunatic Fringe
02 Cowboys In Hong Kong
03 Only Game In Town
04 Thru The Curtain
05 What Have You Got To Do (To Get Off Tonight)
06 Ships
07 Caught In The Middle
08 Don't Let Go Of Me
09 Laughing Man
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As Far as Siam is the second studio album by the Canadian rock band Red Rider. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and released by Capitol Records on June 30, 1981.

The album reached #65 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart in 1981. The single ''What Have You Got to do (To Get Off Tonight)'' peaked at #16 on the Canadian charts.

''Lunatic Fringe'', the band's most famous song, is about what composer Tom Cochrane saw as an alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the 1970s, and was inspired by a book he read about Raoul Wallenberg. The song is featured in the 1985 high-school wrestling movie Vision Quest, the Miami Vice episode Smuggler's Blues, the My Name is Earl episode Bounty Hunter and on an episode of Eastbound & Down. The beginning of the song is used as a part of a bump for the Cincinnati radio station, WEBN. It is also the inspiration for Kurt Angle's entrance theme in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It is also used as American Mixed Martial Artist Dan Henderson's and Randy Couture's entrance theme as of late. American guitarist Gary Hoey covered ''Lunatic Fringe'' on his 2006 album American Made.

The distinctive guitar solo in ''Lunatic Fringe'' was performed by Kenny Greer on a lap steel, also seen in the song's music video. [wikipedia.org]


Red Rider - Breaking Curfew [Capitol ST-12317] (1984)

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Title:

Breaking Curfew

Released: 1984
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST-12317
Genre: Rock
NOTE: Promo copy, stamped on front cover


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Whipping Boy
02 Young Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me)
03 One Way Out
04 Among The Ruins (I'll Be Here)
05 Breaking Curfew
06 Someone's Watching
07 Shake Monster
08 Beacon Hill
09 Hold Tight
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Breaking Curfew is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock band Red Rider, released in 1984. The album was recorded and mixed at Metalworks Studios and E.S.P. Studio in Toronto, Ontario and Startling Studios in England.

Breaking Curfew reached #137 on Billboard's 200 chart in 1984 assisted by the single ''Young Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me)'' which hit #44 on the Canadian charts and #71 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. ''Breaking Curfew'' also hit #93 in Canada. [wikipedia.org]

Red Rider's Biography

Steve Huey [allmusic.com]

Much beloved in their native Canada, Red Rider never cracked the lucrative American market, although bandleader Tom Cochrane would find better luck as a solo artist in the '90s. Red Rider's trademark sound was a blend of AOR and new wave, which made them quite popular in their home country, where their albums regularly went gold. Intraband tension and personnel shifts gradually took their toll, and Red Rider called it a day as the '80s drew to a close.

Red Rider were formed in Toronto by singer/guitarist Ken Greer, keyboardist Peter Boynton, and drummer Rob Baker in 1976. Bassist Jeff Jones soon came onboard as well, and in 1978, following a gig at Toronto's legendary El Mocambo club, they met singer/guitarist Tom Cochrane. Cochrane had previously pursued a career as a folk singer, and had even released a solo album, Hang On to Your Resistance, back in 1974 (to little success). Red Rider took Cochrane on as their frontman, although Greer had an equal hand in shaping the band's direction early on. They soon signed with Capitol Records through a connection of Cochrane's, and issued their hit debut single, "White Hot," in late 1979. Their first album, Don't Fight It, followed in early 1980, and its title track was also a hit, helping the album go gold in Canada. Their second album, 1981's As Far as Siam, went platinum and still ranks as their most enduringly popular work. It featured the band's signature song, the Canadian chart-topper "Lunatic Fringe" (which later alan_parsonseared in the film Vision Quest and the TV series Miami Vice), as well as another Canadian hit in "What Have You Got to Do (To Get Off Tonight)."

Keyboardist Boynton subsequently left the group and was replaced by Steve Sexton for the follow-up, 1983's Neruda, a prog-tinged concept album about the famed Chilean poet. Neruda spawned the band's second biggest Canadian single in "Power (Strength in Numbers)," but it still couldn't break Red Rider in the U.S. Sexton departed and was replaced by John Weblood_sweat_tearser for 1984's Breaking Curfew, which found even their Canadian audience slipping a bit. Tensions were running high, and when an opening slot on Rush's American tour failed to bring them a new audience, Red Rider temporarily disbanded. After taking a bit of time off, Cochrane, Greer, and Weblood_sweat_tearser regrouped with bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve and drummer Mickey Curry, and Cochrane assumed greater control of the band, billing himself out front. The eponymous Tom Cochrane & Red Rider alan_parsonseared in 1986 and brought the band another Canadian hit single with "Boy Inside the Man." Victory Day followed in 1988, and Weblood_sweat_tearser was gone by this point, his spot filled simply by session men. After one further outing, 1989's The Symphony Sessions (an album of old favorites recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), Cochrane officially left for a solo career, and Red Rider disbanded, this time for good. Cochrane went on to score a massive solo hit -- in America -- with the Top Five smash "Life Is a Highway" in 1992.
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