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Red Rider was a Canadian rock band popular in the 1980s. While the band achieved great success in Canada, they never managed to break through in the US market.

In 1978, Tom Cochrane joined up with Rob Baker on drums, Jeff Jones on bass, Peter Boynton on keyboards and Ken Greer to form Red Rider. They were signed to Capitol Records and released their first album Don’t Fight It in 1980. With the singles “White Hot” and “Don’t Fight It”, the album quickly reached gold status. Their second album As Far as Siam was released in 1981 and featured the hit “Lunatic Fringe” which was in the 1982 movie “Vision Quest. “. “Lunatic Fringe” and two other tracks, “Cowboys in Hong Kong” and “What Have You Got To Do” were featured in an episode of Miami Vice in addition to which helped push the album to platinum. Boynton was replaced by keyboardist Steve Sexton on Red Rider’s third album Neruda, released in 1983. The track “Napoleon Sheds His Skin” would become one of the more popular songs from the album.

For their 1984 album Breaking Curfew, John Webster replaced Sexton on keyboards. The album did not sell as well as Neruda and a dispute with Capitol Records over the future direction of the band resulted in Red Rider being dropped from the record label later in 1984.

The band subsequently signed with RCA. In what became a strong signal regarding the future of the band, they officially became known as Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, and released their self-titled fifth album in 1986.

In 1987, Capitol released a compilation CD titled Over 60 Minutes with Red Rider, covering the band’s first four albums.


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  • SSBN623

    thanx me two

    22 Nov 2:47am Reply
  • tatafat

    Been there

    28 Sep 7:45am Reply
  • analogjukebox

    Does anyone out there remember the old MTV, that is when they used to play music videos 24 hrs. a day back in the 1980's? I seem to recall that the video "Lunatic Fringe" got a lot of rotation at the time. Now that was a great song.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • koronkowa

    nice band! how come they are soooo underrated?

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Teffasus

    Just couldn't quite make the crossover...

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RecycleOrDie

    Lunatic fringeee <3

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dollface-01

    Lunatic Fringe is Bad Ass

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Fornic8r

    A very underrated Canadian rock band!

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • LastBanshi

    'Breaking Curfew' is nice

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • ZeppelinLad

    White Hot kicks so much ass

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • QXXQ9

    Red Rider has only 19,000 listeners! WTF?

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MeowzyMcDermott

    Absolutely true, not even remotely a one hit wonder in Canada. Tom Cochrane is one of the most gifted songwriters ever. To me he's definitely in the ranks of Springsteen. Jackson Browne, et all. Red Rider's sound is classic and timeless.

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Not even remotely a 1-hit wonder in Canada. Their songs lie at the core of Canadian music. A wonderful overview is Trapeze, attributed to Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, a combination of Red Rider and Tom Cochrane solo material, performed by most of Red Rider. Confusing, yes, but essential music.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Martin_Ostar

    Loved Lunatic fringe - eerily pure rock and roll sound.

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • Sportsnut

    They might be a one hit wonder in the US, but in Canada they're still going strong. Just one of many great Canadian bands who don't get enough recognition.

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mutiilator

    Human Race ftw

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • PeterRDavey

    really talk about 1 hit wonder. damn

    17 Jan 2007 Reply
  • brianwelsch

    Anyone know where I can purchase 'Breaking Curfew' on CD?

    17 Dec 2006 Reply
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