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Red Rider — Lunatic Fringe
Album: As Far As Siam
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Released: 1981
Length: 4:19
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Lunatic fringe
I know you're out there
You're in hiding
And you hold your meetings
I can hear you coming
I know what you're after
We're wise to you this time (wise to you this time)
We won't let you kill the laughter

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight's last gleaming
But this is open season
But you won't get too far
'Cause you've got to blame someone
For your own confusion
We're on guard this time (on guard this time)
Against your final solution

We can hear you coming (we can hear you coming)
No, you're not going to win this time (not gonna win)
We can hear the footsteps (we can hear the footsteps)
Hey, out along the walkway (out along the walkway)

Lunatic fringe
We all know you're out there
Can you feel the resistance
Can you feel the thunder
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I would like to say that I always thought that this song was from Blue Oyster Cult and
also
that it's ironic that Lunatic Fringe has generated the discussion that precedes this.
 jpfueler wrote:


because no dem ever is a crim, huh? how many governors of La or Il got jailed now? How many of Dick's associates suicided after? Ain't like he was inpeached, then disbarred for lying under oath.
And boy howdy that Joe "Never Underestimate Joe's ability to Fuck shit up" Biden is doing our world standing and the world's economy so much good. 
But hey, no bad tweets from Orangeman, though the Taliban has a Twitter Official account.  The Adults supposedly in charge are Dementia riddled plagiarizing morons who have been wrong and every foreign policy stance since Tricky Dick's day (and very much basing decisions on Dicks poor foreign policies too by the by)



Have a nice day, too!
 tm wrote:

If I might interject some history: the Chinese negotiations to build trade alliance started with RICHARD NIXON(R) an impeached criminal… seems like a trend (R)’s being criminals and impeached. on this tune - reminds of Matthew Modine in Vision Quest! Great tune and a great film.



because no dem ever is a crim, huh? how many governors of La or Il got jailed now? How many of Dick's associates suicided after? Ain't like he was inpeached, then disbarred for lying under oath.
And boy howdy that Joe "Never Underestimate Joe's ability to Fuck shit up" Biden is doing our world standing and the world's economy so much good. 
But hey, no bad tweets from Orangeman, though the Taliban has a Twitter Official account.  The Adults supposedly in charge are Dementia riddled plagiarizing morons who have been wrong and every foreign policy stance since Tricky Dick's day (and very much basing decisions on Dicks poor foreign policies too by the by)
If I might interject some history: the Chinese negotiations to build trade alliance started with RICHARD NIXON(R) an impeached criminal… seems like a trend (R)’s being criminals and impeached. on this tune - reminds of Matthew Modine in Vision Quest! Great tune and a great film.
 freddyfender wrote:

Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?




Screw you. Are you listening right now, Leftie? 
 xkolibuul wrote:
 

Simply not accurate to imply  there are only two "sides", unless you mean Democrat and Republican parties in USA politics, which in no way represent the majority of the world's citizens. 

But taking your framing at face value, it is wilfully, farcically ignorant to claim that Democrats want to abolish fossil fuels.  Rather, they merely insist on having a plan to gradually phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewables, many of which are already cost-competitive with fossil fuels on a level (no-subsidies) playing field.

So does that mean that you think having a plan puts one on the lunatic fringe?  Get back to me when you're ready for an intelligent, non-hyperbolic debate about our collective planetary future.

Nice response to the ultra-simplistic "your side" comment, xkolibuul! 

Besides, it seems more and more evident to me that the D vs R distinction is only there to keep the populace at each others' throats and not aimed at those "in charge."  I'm fully on the side of the PEOPLE.  

Long Live RP and all the PEOPLE of the world!!
 carmelmik wrote:


please, reserve your anger you programmed leftie!  The Lunatic Fringe has been running this country into a subservient second class nation to China.  Wake up before you're to woke to be saved! TRUMP WON!


Go away.
 freddyfender wrote:

Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?



please, reserve your anger you programmed leftie!  The Lunatic Fringe has been running this country into a subservient second class nation to China.  Wake up before you're to woke to be saved! TRUMP WON!
I've heard this song before. Tonight I listened well. Impressed.
Really hard to believe that this wasn't a top 40 song back in the day.  They played the hell out of it on the Philly rock stations.
Most Excellent Canadian Content that you have offered up ...but the Real unplayed jewel on the album is Thru the Curtain Saskatoon Saskatchewan Rocks !
 Lindo525 wrote:

If you turn it down a little- you wont have to yell!

 Funny!


 freddyfender wrote:
Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?
 

ARE YOU LISTENING YOU DUMB-ASS TRUMPERS?
Before I had ever found out who sang this song, I had thought it was a Tom Petty song for some reason.  I know.  It's just me. 
Pink Floyd and The Cars mashup in a good way.
"Lunatic fringe
We all know you're out there
Can you feel the resistance?"

— Red Rider, Lunatic Fringe
Dear Chuckanut sandstone, Me wish I talk purdy like you. Big words, thank you. Try not to make simple peepholes feel so stupid later. Hurts. In admiration, from the local bike powered margarita blender babe... just started a fire for the hot tub. Skrew yew fossil fuels!!!
 freddyfender wrote:
Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?
 
Your gullibility and ignorance are showing.
 jelgator wrote:

Given that your side wants to abolish fossil fuels, which are the basis of so many of our products that we rely on to survive, oh and which would eliminate air travel, I would ask: 

Which side is the lunatic fringe?

Simply not accurate to imply  there are only two "sides", unless you mean Democrat and Republican parties in USA politics, which in no way represent the majority of the world's citizens. 

But taking your framing at face value, it is wilfully, farcically ignorant to claim that Democrats want to abolish fossil fuels.  Rather, they merely insist on having a plan to gradually phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewables, many of which are already cost-competitive with fossil fuels on a level (no-subsidies) playing field.

So does that mean that you think having a plan puts one on the lunatic fringe?  Get back to me when you're ready for an intelligent, non-hyperbolic debate about our collective planetary future.
 robin_at_domani wrote:
Pink Floyds wannabees
 
Rolling Stone critic wannabe.
 jelgator wrote:

Given that your side wants to abolish fossil fuels, which are the basis of so many of our products that we rely on to survive, oh and which would eliminate air travel, I would ask: 

Which side is the lunatic fringe?
 
It wouldn't eliminate air travel (or any of the other things you don't enumerate) - rather it would force the aviation industry to develop other fuels (hydrogen) or use other types of aircraft (airships etc.).  
Pink Floyds wannabees
 freddyfender wrote:
Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?
 
Given that your side wants to abolish fossil fuels, which are the basis of so many of our products that we rely on to survive, oh and which would eliminate air travel, I would ask: 

Which side is the lunatic fringe?
One of the best songs from the 80's. Great on the VisionQuest soundtrack. And for workouts. And just for anything.
Such a fitting song for our times.
 njswede wrote:
This is for all you QAnon idiots out there!
 
Q says this is JFK Jr.'s favorite song.
This is for all you QAnon idiots out there!
 freddyfender wrote:
Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?
 



                                 "COME ON, Man! " 
                                                                                        
Have experienced their live show many times, especially at the "Key to Bala".
 cloudymcloudface wrote:


Yes something off The Wall
 
Ooh, I need a dirty woman......


Add me to the list of people that thought this was a Floyd track until just now.
Man oh man does this song bring back memories of summer nights growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. 

a solid 9 based on pure nostalgia 
Regardless of rating number, the term "Most Excellent" perfectly describes this song.
 darnit2 wrote:
Holy crap. I’ve always loved this song but I suck at understand lyrics. Just read them. This is quite a song for our times
 
+1 to 9 darnit! Cuz of the lyrics....i love the groove on this one...LLRP!!
Holy crap. I’ve always loved this song but I suck at understand lyrics. Just read them. This is quite a song for our times
Makes me think of the movie Vision Quest. Grew up in the same town as Linda Fiorentino.
 bimmerfan739 wrote:
Just reading the Wiki. Had no idea this song WASN'T a hit because 'BCN had it in heavy rotation and back then that was my only station. Well, maybe 'FNX a bit.
 
Wait, what? This was on constantly on WRCN on Long Island back in the early 80s. 

(edit: just read the wiki - WRCN was a total AOR station. Not that anyone under 40 knows what that means anymore)
 primm wrote:
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! would love to hear some tom Cochran solo ragged ass road is a good place to start
 

Pick up "Songs of a Circling Spirit" it's my go to when auditioning speakers.  When the sound stage is right, you can hear the depth of that recording.
 bimmerfan739 wrote:
Just reading the Wiki. Had no idea this song WASN'T a hit because 'BCN had it in heavy rotation and back then that was my only station. Well, maybe 'FNX a bit.
 

Got lots of airplay in Cleveland way back when.  Always a favorite.
 Zep wrote:
I keep thinking this is some Pink Floyd cut from the back end of "The Wall" that I somehow missed ... then I decide it really should be a Pink Floyd cut.
 

Yes something off The Wall
 bimmerfan739 wrote:
Just reading the Wiki. Had no idea this song WASN'T a hit because 'BCN had it in heavy rotation and back then that was my only station. Well, maybe 'FNX a bit.
 

Dwayne Glasscock lives!
Just reading the Wiki. Had no idea this song WASN'T a hit because 'BCN had it in heavy rotation and back then that was my only station. Well, maybe 'FNX a bit.
This one of the go to songs that Canadian radio stations use to fulfill their CanCon obligations.
Not a bad song. Just got overplayed up here in the great white north.
I keep thinking this is some Pink Floyd cut from the back end of "The Wall" that I somehow missed ... then I decide it really should be a Pink Floyd cut.
Pink Floyd is coming to mind.
The structure of this reminds me of a PF track I can't put my finger on.
 westslope wrote:

Cool.   The J. Geils Band part that is.

 Maple Leaf Gardens, Halloween 72, they opened for Yes, Close to the Edge tour, didn't work for me!!!
 westslope wrote:

Cool.   The J. Geils Band part that is.

 
 

vision quest, a young Linda Florantino unfurled, a mitza
August long weekend at Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa.  About the 6th or 7th time I will see them and have never been disapointed!

Long Live Canadian Rock!!!!
For those of you who think that this song applies to the current situation, it doesn't.

The lyrics clearly state:

"But you won't get too far
'Cause you've got to blame someone
For your own confusion
We're on guard this time
Against your final solution.
We can hear you coming.
No, you're not going to win this time."

Obviously, they got too far. 
Obviously, we weren't on guard. 
And obviously, they won.
At least this time.
Reading the wiki notes on the lyrics, song now has a new level of respect from me:

"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.
I read somewhere that this was the only song ever used a second time in all the Miami Vice seasons. Not sure if that's high praise but it's a kickass song, especially as a few listener's have noted when cranked to 11 while unwinding down a midnight highway.
I heard Tom Cochrane play in little old Vernon, BC at the O'Keefe Ranch a dozen years ago or so.  Danced our asses off on a stubble field for his entire set, and got home looking like we had run through a dust bowl - black as night (it was nighttime), but with white toothy smiles that ran from ear to ear.  Live rock in its finest form!!
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! would love to hear some tom Cochran solo ragged ass road is a good place to start
Are you listening you dumb-ass Trumpers?
More Canadian 80s bands please! The Kings, Chilliwack, Frozen Ghost, Helix... ;). 
I love you! Thank you for the art!
Lunatic Fringe
     We all know you're out there 

Mainly because we see you on TV all the time and it appears that you are running for President.
That reminds me ... Wonder how Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are doin' today.
 stunix wrote:

yup, something rather Gilmorish in there.  the sound, the rolling riff or the slide.....

 
Always thought this was Joe Walsh......
Thank you RP for setting me straight again 
This is where I live these days. Definitely out there on the lunatic fringe. Yep....

Bill..you in a nostalgic mood today? lol
damn, this brings back memories. One of the first music videos I remember from when our house got MTV.
Next to RUSH, Tom's quite the artist.
Dangit. I like this, but for a bit I thought this might be "I got the key!"
 hagz21 wrote:
I just transported back to the Firebird I drove in high school. Windows down, cruisin the main drag. 

 
 It's 1982.  I'm back in my apartment in downtown Baltimore... Crankin it!! Yea Baby! (my neighbors never complained)
 primm wrote:
SINGER SONG WRITER FROM THIS BAND TOM COCHRANE WENT ON AND IS STILL WRITING AND PERFORMING VERY GOOD MATERIAL !

 
If you turn it down a little- you wont have to yell!
I just transported back to the Firebird I drove in high school. Windows down, cruisin the main drag. 
Tom Cochran =  another fine Canadian rocker
SINGER SONG WRITER FROM THIS BAND TOM COCHRANE WENT ON AND IS STILL WRITING AND PERFORMING VERY GOOD MATERIAL !
Holy Shazzuki! Hadn't thought of this in YEARS! Way back when I played this cassette to death....
 
 oldviolin wrote:
My boy's gonna play in the big leagues...

 
Excellent!
Love this band. Listened to them a lot when I was in my teens.
My boy's gonna play in the big leagues...
Thanks Bill haven't heard this for a while
 junebaby65 wrote:
Caught Red Rider as the opening act for The J. Geils Band in 1981. 

 
Cool.   The J. Geils Band part that is.

 
And mullets flew onto the sun until the clouds burst into skid rows...
I'll give it a 7, mostly for nostalgia's sake. 
 Yeah, this got serious radio and tape-deck play back in the day when it first came out, before the curse of Clear Channel! We loved it!
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PeaceInIraq wrote:
A song from my youth from those crazy Canadian rockers, Red Rider. I don't think they ever charted in the US, but that tune gained enough fans to put it in heavy rotation on Classic Rock stations. For me, it was 96 Rock in Atlanta. 

A song from my youth from those crazy Canadian rockers, Red Rider. I don't think they ever charted in the US, but that tune gained enough fans to put it in heavy rotation on Classic Rock stations. For me, it was 96 Rock in Atlanta. 
Wow, never heard this band before!  Floyd-like sound (The Wall era).  Great fun. Starts at a 7 or 8
 merkin_muffley wrote:
Black Betty - Ram Jam Band

Anyone ? 

 

billy ocean loverboy, almost exactly the same riff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77nacf_z54
 
 neuticle wrote:
Pink Floyd /The Wall anyone ?

 
yup, something rather Gilmorish in there.  the sound, the rolling riff or the slide.....
WOOO-HOOOOOOOO!!   pretty cool man, crank it ... pass that doobie too
 merkin_muffley wrote:
Black Betty - Ram Jam Band

Anyone ? 

 
Not as good.
All we need now for a set segue is Golden Earring's Bullet Hits the Bone!

Fun song..now and then...as is Golden Earring (great for driving).
Todd Rundgren likes to include this in his live show on occasion.
I'm suddenly a stoned, pimply high school kid again.
I WANT MY MTV!
Uh oh.  I feel something special coming on...
This song never ages....

This song has been a personal favorite of mine since I first heard it on the Vision Quest movie soundtrack. Absolutely love it.

TEN 


Just something about this tune - love it!  Not musically or lyrically wonderful - but just works....?!
 Nerubo wrote:
For a long time, I mis-heard this song as "lunatic French." instead of "lunatic fringe". 

 

 
Whereas my 13-year-old ears heard "Lunatic Friends."  You know, we all know you're out there.  You.  Lunatic.  Friends.  You.

Thoroughly enjoying this trip back through time.  
Wow, hadn't heard this for years now, but never noticed that the guitar work on this is really pure David Gilmour, isn't it? Especially that solo.
How did you know?



We can hear the footsteps.....
Caught Red Rider as the opening act for The J. Geils Band in 1981. 
 merkin_muffley wrote:
Black Betty - Ram Jam Band

Anyone ? 

 
Ya, somewhat...
{#Sunny} 
Black Betty - Ram Jam Band

Anyone ? 
 neuticle wrote:
Pink Floyd /The Wall anyone ?

 

I was thinking the same.
O M G....thank you Bill. My favorite Canadian band when I was a teenager and I still love them today. Saw them (or what is left of them) at a benefits concert in Ottawa this winter and they rocked! Don't Fight It is still my favorite all time album, but I played this one to death too. Thanks for bringing up great music memories!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
OMG!  This song's survived all these years?  Ha, ha, ha!  This was the soundtrack to many scofflaw activities ... that my friends described to me afterwards.
I keep hearing Father and Son by Cat Stevens
...and a thing in the stock that tells time.
A generous 2.
Whoa!  What happened here?!?!
Wow.  Never thought I would hear this on RP !
 
...could easily go an 11 for this one...
this is a political song, strong emotions.
This isn't a song. It is a plodding beat with someone lazily playing some simplistic rhythm guitar over it. Even the vocalist doesn't really bother with a melody. Tedious and boring garbage. Sorry to be so tough but when there is so much great music around this has nothing going for it at all in my view.
This takes me back to High School more than just about any song.

I was a wrestler, and this was featured in the movie Vision Quest. Watched it about 1000 times.

Good Times! \m/

I remember the video sucked.Looked like it cost about $100 bucks to make.
That wonderfully badass guitar is what makes this one.
A big smile across my face when this one came on - part of growing up in Toronto. Haven't heard for ages but I see it's been played a bit. Bill, dying to know how this gets on your radar and inspires you bring it back 30 years later!
Pink Floyd /The Wall anyone ?
So over the top!!!  THANK YOU FOR PLAYING THIS!!  Oh the memories :)
see you on the other side ...

{#Wave}
Love this song!! Great to hear it again!
I completely hate this song.  Bleah.
I saw Todd Rundgren, of all people, do a cover of this during his Arena tour a few years ago, he somehow segwayed into "when the walls came down"...pretty good show.