While we here at Best of the 80s like to think of ourselves as pretty well-versed in the ways of all things 80s, occasionally even we learn a thing or two along the way.
Case in point: one of our favorite-ever 80s tunes–– Red Rider’s 1981 sorta-hit “Lunatic Fringe”.
While we went blissfully through our childhood thinking it was a innocuous (though, yes, spooky) song about who-knows-what, we’ve only now come to find out it was written by lead singer Tom Cochrane to combat what he saw as the world’s growing anti-Semitic sentiment.
Sure, we can see it now (“We all on guard this time against your Final Solution…”) but when we were young? Dude, it was just a rockin’ tune with a pulsating guitar and Tom’s awesome talking-through-a-walkie-talkie voice.
“Lunatic Fringe” never did anything on the charts, and it was actually more popular in Cochrane’s native Canada than it was here… but it has since (rightfully so) become one of the more popular ‘cult’ hits from the early 80s.
“We can hear you comin’! (We can hear you comin’!) No, you’re not gonna win this time…”
We ♥ Lunatic Fringe.