Title: Lunatic Fringe

Artist: Red Rider

Album: As Far As Siam

Year Released: 1981

What It Is: A moody song that has kind of a post-apocalyptic vibe. It’s quite effective in that it paints some stark pictures with its soundscape. No wonder many TV and movie producers have used it.

Riffage / Hookage: It’s got a pretty menacing groove behind it underlying the mystery. The solo is played on a steel guitar that’s got amplification and distortion like a regular rock guitar. (If you can believe the video).

Cowbell?: No, just drummin’. And if you believe the vid, the drummer makes ‘O’ faces when just doing simple fills.

Words Of Wisdom: Lunatic fringe
In the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season
But you won’t get too far
We know you’ve got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we’re on guard this time
Against your final solution”

Not exactly polite Canadians, are they.

Mixology Report: It’s a great piece to set or extend a mood.

For The Good Of The Order: You may know that Red Rider’s singer, Tom Cochrane, infected the USA with a noxious bit of populist ear candy “Life Is A Highway” back in 1989. In my book, that ruins his goodwill from this song.

If you, like me, were watching MTV during its glory days (you know, when they played MUSIC VIDEOS, now VH-1 Classic is running away from that – can’t we have just ONE music video channel please?) this was on pretty much constantly. And it was probably filmed with a budget of a couple of toonies and a loony (Canadian money references for $100, Alex), so please excuse that. But just watching this brings back all kinds of memories.