My Sunday Song – “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider

For My Sunday Song #65, I chose “Lunatic Fringe” by Canadian rock band Red Rider.  The song is off their 1981 album ‘As Far as Siam” and is probably the band’s most famous song.  The song charted as high as #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, but never cracked the Top 40 of the Bill board Hot 100.  Actually, they never had a song chart in the Top 40 so I guess you could categorize them as a No-Hit Wonder, at least here in the States.

But for me the song was a hit.  MTV surely played it a lot as that was the only place I ever heard it at the time.  The creepiness of the song was what drove me to liking it.  I like dark and creepy songs for some reason.  The song really starts out with a creepy keyboard sound, almost evil feel to it.  From the keyboard sounds, you then get a quick couple guitar notes that add a punch to it. And from there, the song kicks into full band mode and Tom Cochrane’s vocals.  The song ends with city street sounds including sirens and then ends with the guitar riff from the beginning.  The song worked form beginning to end.

According to Mike Bell of the Canadian Online Explorer, “Lunatic Fringe” was inspired by “what Cochrane saw as an alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the ’70s, and was also partially inspired by a book he read on Raoul Wallenberg, who helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi Germany”.  And per Wikipedia, “lunatic fringe” is a “term used to characterize members of a political or social movement as extremists with eccentric or fanatical views. The term was popularized by Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote in 1913 that, “Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.”” which is why he named the song as he did.

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#TBT – The Coolest Songs of the 80’s – Playlist

The 80’s was a great time in music for me. It was the time I started really getting obsessed about with it.  There were so many great songs, thanks to the dawn of MTV, during this time. They exposed us to so many more bands that our radio stations were not playing.

There are good songs, great songs, rock songs, dance songs, pop songs and some songs that are just too damn cool.  This list is what I felt were the really cool songs of the decade.  Cool could be the subject matter or the overall sound of the song and of course it is very subjective.  I wasn’t very cool back in the day so my definition of cool might not equal yours.  Come to think of it…I am not cool now.  Oh well, I hope you enjoy the playlist.

Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”

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