Title: Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Artist: Yes

Album: 90125

Year Released: 1983

What It Is: The centerpiece Yes’ comeback shot complete with a legitimate hit single (something that eluded them (probably by choice) back in the day). Of course, the reason for the hit status was all of the production trickery by Trevor (ZING! Budadumadumdum) Horn. No, that’s not it…it’s….its’….

Riffage / Hookage: THE RIFF! Trevor Rabin creates one of the best riffs in rock history and Chris Squire picks up on it and runs with it through the song. Rabin’s weird guitar solo is cool too. But man, that riff. That RIFF! Oh, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout, Willis. Dah-dahdah-dahdah. Dah-dahdah-dahdah-duhduh. Rabin should go into the R&R HOF just FOR this riff. I’m writin’ my congressman…

Cowbell?: Who cares? THE RIFF! (Oh, but Horn adds quite a few percussiony thing-a-ma-bobs throughout his madcap production.)

Words Of Wisdom: “Move yourself
You always live your life
Never thinking of the future
Prove yourself
You are the move you make
Take your chances win or lose

See yourself
You are the steps you take
You and you – and thats the only way

Shake – shake yourself
You’re every move you make
So the story goes”

Jon Anderson goes all Stuart Smalley on us.

Mixology Report: Especially for us old farts from the 80’s!

For The Good Of The Order: I am not shocked, nor stunned, by Steve Howe’s slagging of this song. Of course, Howe was busy twaddling around in Asia at this time (and making some piss-poor records while he was at it, except for a couple of songs on their first one). He really didn’t like playing with Rabin when they ‘joined up’. Of course, it’s because Rabin does have a pop sensibility and doesn’t like to split songs into 9 different disjointed pieces punctured by a meandering solo. Or something. Or other. (Mind you, I like me some early Yes too, but this band is FULL of megalomaniacal pricks, Howe being one of them…)

And now the video. The actor playing the poor chump should have gotten triple scale, especially for washing his face with maggots. I couldn’t find the first version, where you see the band, and they stop the song and then go to this version. At any rate, it’s an early MTV classic.