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Carmine Appice was the drummer in Stewart's band. He wrote the music for this song with Duane Hitchings, a songwriter who also worked on Stewart's hit "D'ya Think I'm Sexy
." Appice told us: "Rod was always trying to be on the cutting edge at that time, so we did drum machine stuff. Duane had just gotten a sequencer, so we started screwing around and came up with the chords and melodies. We presented it to Rod. This one was easy because we used the whole concept that we came up with. We just transferred it from the 8-track that Duane had going right onto the 24-track. We used the drum machine and everything. Once we gave Rod the music, he wrote the lyrics."
Hitchings adds: "I put together the whole song at my house with Carmine's help and used an Oberheim OBX-A, Oberheim DMA sequencer and the Oberheim DMX drum box. It was really one of the first one-man-band setups. We took the whole setup in the studio and recorded straight to tape. I started the idea because Devo was real big and one of my favorite groups, thus the fast pulsing synth groove. And of course Rod did a great job!! Got a bit of help with a nice instrumental line from Kevin Savigar also!" (Thanks to Carmine and Duane for telling us about this song.)
In English slang, a "Young Turk" was a rebellious kind of teenager who would go against the grain.
Many of Stewart's songs tell stories. This tells the story of Billy, a kid who leaves his hometown and gets his girlfriend pregnant.
Appice: "Rod would put the lyric melody to the music we came up with. On that one, we used a drum machine, and I played hi-hat and cymbals overdubbed to the drum machine."
This was the first video played on MTV that contained breakdancing. It was released a few months after MTV went on the air, and benefited from lots of play on the channel. Of about 200 videos in MTV's rotation, Stewart had about 40. Says Appice: "The videos were cutting edge. He had top-of-the line people. When I first joined him, the first video we did was for 'Hot Legs,' and that was a great video. It was played all over the world. For every album we did with Rod, we did 2 or 3 videos. There were a lot of stations that would play videos. There were video outlets in Australia and England. Top Of The Pops would play the videos all the time."
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