Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Young Turks" by Rod Stewart

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0786
Date:  10/17/1981
Debut:  61
Peak:  5
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  After flirting with disco on his previous two albums, Stewart changed with the times again and incorporated elements of new wave and synthpop into some of his songs for the LP "Tonight I'm Yours." The new sound was received well with this first single getting into the Top 10 and the album reaching #11 and going platinum.

ReduxReview:  It was quite a switch from "Passion" to this. With disco dead, he had to do something different, so why not synthpop? I didn't connect with this song when it came out, however I appreciate it a bit more now. It still doesn't belong on any list of great Stewart songs, but it chugs along okay. Like a lot of synthpop of the time, it sounds a bit thin now. I always thought the cover of this LP was hilarious with a serious Stewart sporting a round, spiky mullet and the shadow in the background looks like some kind of dusting tool, shaving brush, or shadow of a Muppet as a reflection of his 'do. Way funny...

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) "Young turk" is an English slang term that basically refers to a teenage rebel. Although the term is used as the title of the song, it is actually never used in the lyrics.  2) The video for this song features breakdancing. It was the first instance of the dance style shown in a video on MTV.


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