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Album: As Far As SiamReleased: 1981
Red Rider was led by guitarist Tom Cochrane, who had a solo hit in 1991 with "Life Is A Highway." He wrote this song after reading about Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to free Hungarian Jews during World War II. The song speaks against the oppression of Jews in America, which Cochrane felt was far less overt but still disturbing. Cochrane even mentions the "Final Solution" in the lyrics, which refers to Hitler's wish that all Jews be eliminated.
For some, this song took on new meaning when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016. Todd Rundgren
told Rolling Stone
, "The undercurrent of indigence and violence and hate, as evidenced by the election of Trump, makes this an evergreen song. But now the lunatic fringe is no longer the fringe."