Monday, November 5, 2012

"White Hot" by Red Rider

Song#:  00120
Date:  04/05/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  48
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Red Rider were very popular in their homeland of Canada and it seemed like their fortunes would crossover to the US, but besides this debut single and another chart song a few years later, the US pretty much ignored the group. However, their second album produced the song "Lunatic Fringe" which ended up getting lots of AOR airplay and is probably their best known song here even though it never hit the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  With a title like "White Hot" I was expecting a blazing rock tune. But from the mysterious opening to the shuffling beat, it was more like a mix of Alan Parsons Project and Little River Band. I like the opening a lot and thought it was going to lead to something more intense, but I was a bit let down by the actual song. It is a pleasant listen, but not outstanding.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The group would remain together for almost a decade before finally calling it a day in 1989. At that time the band's leader Tom Cochrane set out on a solo career and had even more success in Canada than Red Rider did. He also landed his sole US Top 10 hit in 1991 with "Life Is a Highway."


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