As Far as Siam is the second studio album by the Canadian rock band Red Rider. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and released by Capitol Records in 1981.
The album reached #65 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart in 1981. The single "What Have You Got to do (To Get Off Tonight)" peaked at #16 on the Canadian charts.
Background and writing
"Lunatic Fringe", the band's most famous song, is about what composer Tom Cochrane saw as an alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the 1970s, and was inspired by a book he read about Raoul Wallenberg. The song is featured in the 1985 high-school wrestling movie Vision Quest, the Miami Vice episode Smuggler's Blues, the My Name is Earl episode Bounty Hunter and on an episode of Eastbound & Down. The beginning of the song is used as a part of a bump for the Cincinnati radio station, WEBN. It is also the inspiration for Kurt Angle's entrance theme in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It is also used as American Mixed Martial Artist Dan Henderson's and Randy Couture's entrance theme as of late. American guitarist Gary Hoey covered "Lunatic Fringe" on his 2006 album American Made.
The distinctive guitar solo in "Lunatic Fringe" was performed by Kenny Greer on a lap steel, also seen in the song's music video.
All songs written and composed by Tom Cochrane unless otherwise noted.
||"Cowboys in Hong Kong (As Far as Siam)" (Rob Baker, Cochrane, Ken Greer)
||"Only Game in Town"
||"Thru the Curtain" (Baker, Peter Boynton, Cochrane, Greer, Jeff Jones)
||"What Have You Got to Do (To Get Off Tonight)"
||"Caught in the Middle"
||"Don't Let Go of Me"
||"Laughing Man" (Cochrane, Jones)
- Tom Cochrane - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Ken Greer - electric, steel and six string guitars, piano, organ
- Jeff Jones - bass guitar, background vocals
- Peter Boynton - piano, synthesizers, organ, vocals
- Rob Baker - drums, percussion, harmonica
- Additional personnel
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