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"Somebody's Out There" is Triumph's highest-charting single from their eighth studio album. The Sport of Kings was also the second-to-last album with lead singer Rik Emmett still with the band, as well as third-to-last before the split-up; some of the fractures beginning to form within the trio are evident in the sound of this album. Despite this being the band's biggest career hit, Emmett has expressed dissatisfaction with some of this album.
Emmett says this song was a last minute addition to The Sport of Kings. After the band finished the album, the A&R person at the record label wasn't entirely happy because he couldn't hear a radio single. Within a week, Emmett wrote this song, the band learned it, went to the studio, cut the bed, and recorded it for the album.
told us that he came up with the lyrics for this song after hearing a similar tune on the radio. He kept repeating words like "somebody," "somehow," "some way," and "someone" over and over in his head until he came up with the chorus.
While Triumph is frequently referred to as Heavy Metal, the group shuns this label, preferring the label Progressive Rock. They also bear a striking resemblance to fellow Canadian prog-rockers Rush, only without the Randroid overtones.
Triumph played at the second US Festival, the one held on Memorial Day weekend, 1983. Steve Wozniak (of Apple computer fame), who financed the festival (and lost $20 million on it), was reportedly a huge fan of Triumph and invited them specifically.
Here's some reflections of lead singer Rik Emmett on the US Festival from the book MTV Ruled the World - The Early Years of Music Video: "My personal memory of that day is that it was extremely hot. It was somewhere between 90 and 100 degrees. And the air quality was really poor. All the smog from L.A. had blown up and got trapped against the mountains. You ran up and down the stage a few times... and then you wondered why your lungs felt as if you'd been in some opium den or something. But we made it through. That particular performance has become one that is the legacy of the act. It was just one show on one day, but it was an extraordinary day."
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