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Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider

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Published on Sep 8, 2011

From Wikipedia:
Lunatic Fringe is a song by the Canadian rock band Red Rider from their 1981 album, As Far as Siam. Guitarist Tom Cochrane wrote the song after becoming concerned about a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the 1970s, and was also inspired after reading a book about Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued Jews from the Holocaust during World War II. Some sources have incorrectly cited the murder of John Lennon as the song's primary inspiration; in fact, Cochrane had already written the song before Lennon was killed, but recorded the song's first demo the evening of the murder. He has stated that his feelings about the event, and how it echoed the theme of his song, galvanized him to release the song as a single despite advice from the record label that the song wasn't commercial enough.

The song starts with a sinister, low keyboard tone, interspersed with two higher-pitched, short notes before progressing into a rather abrupt guitar riff (sounding similar to Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times), then ending dramatically with ambulance sirens and final guitar riffs.

The song is a radio favorite, and has received regular airplay in the United States and Canada. It reached #60 on the Rock Radio Airplay Chart in Billboard in September 1981, and was awarded a SOCAN Classic award in 2009 by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada for reaching the 100,000-airplay mark on (Canadian) domestic radio.

In 1997, when re-recorded with Tom Cochrane's album Songs of a Circling Spirit, "Lunatic Fringe" charted on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart for four weeks, peaking at #70


Lyrics:
Lunatic Fringe
I know you're out there
You're in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming
We know what you're after
We're wise to you this time
We won't let you kill the laughter

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

We can hear you coming
(We can hear you coming)
No you're not going to win this time
We can hear the footsteps
(We can hear the footsteps)
Way out along the walkway
Lunatic Fringe
We know you're out there
But in these new dark ages
There will still be light

An eye for an eye
Well, before you go under
Can you feel the resistance
Can you feel the....thunder

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