Renegade (Styx song)
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|Single by Styx|
|from the album Pieces of Eight|
|B-side||"Sing for the Day"|
|Released||January 9, 1979|
|Genre||Hard rock, Funk rock|
|Styx singles chronology|
The song is a first-person narrative of an outlaw, captured for a bounty, who recognizes that he is about to be executed for his criminal activities. The execution will be by hanging, as the outlaw laments, "Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long."
Some pressings of the single were made with translucent, red vinyl. Years after its release it remains a staple on classic rock radio playlists, and is usually the final song Styx plays at its concerts.
When performed live from 1978 to 1983, drummer John Panozzo increased the tempo of the drum pattern during the guitar solo sections. Also, the track would serve as the drum solo spot for Panozzo during that time frame.
Although songwriter Tommy Shaw and fellow Styx guitarist James Young usually played lead guitar on their own compositions, Shaw asked Young if he could take the solo on "Renegade". Young agreed, and later returned the favor by allowing Shaw to play lead on his "Half-Penny, Two-Penny" on the Paradise Theatre album.
Since 2001, the song has become a de facto theme song for the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The song is frequently played on the Heinz Field jumbotron, accompanied by a video featuring members of the defense. According to lore, during the 2008 season that saw the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII, the defense was able to keep the opposing team from scoring nine times out of the ten times the song was played. On Sunday, January 11, 2009 Styx performed the national anthem and sang the introduction to "Renegade" before the Steelers-San Diego Chargers playoff game. They also performed the song in between the 2nd and 3rd period of the 2011 Winter Classic.
This song was also included in Chris Cole's "ZERO: Dying to Live" video part.
The unusually high tempo of the song gives it an almost funk rock feel.
Uses in other media
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- "Renegade" was included on the Billy Madison soundtrack.
- The song was played in the pilot episode of the comedy-drama television series Freaks and Geeks.
- The song was parodied by the Christian parody group ApologetiX, retitled "Lemonade".
- The song was played during the last scene of "Nightshifter", a second-season episode of the TV series Supernatural.
- The song was covered by Chris Daughtry on the fifth season of American Idol.
- The song was also covered by Kris Allen and Danny Gokey in the 8th season of American Idol.
- The song is featured in the two expansion packs for Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
- The song was re-recorded and released as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
- The re-recorded version also appears on the main setlist of the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
- The song is featured in the ski movie Hit List (Matchstick Productions, 2005).
- The song is rumored to be included in the Deadpool video game soundtrack.
- "Steelers Turn To Power Of 'Renegade' To Fuel Defense: 'Oh Momma' Rallying Cry For Black And Gold". WTAE-TV (www.thepittsburghchannel.com). November 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-11-22.