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Album Review

In the U.S.,Red Rider never matched the level of success they had achieved in their native Canada. They had several AOR hits, including the brooding, now-staple "Lunatic Fringe," but mainstream attention eluded them. Lead singer Tom Cochrane broke through in a major way with "Life Is a Highway" from his solo debut, Mad Mad World. The song was a driving rocker with an insistent hook. Dominating the airwaves, the song reached the Top Five on the pop charts (Red Rider had never managed to even break into the Top 50). There seems to be a little more fire in Cochrane's belly than on the final Red Rider record. Mad Mad World is some of his strongest work. Literate lyrics and infectious melodies abound on songs like the Don Henley-like title track, the resiliently rousing "No Regrets," the chugging love song "Sinking Like a Sunset," and the chiming, big-beat ballad "Friendly Advice." There's a bit of filler near the end (save for the elegant closer "All The King's Men"), but it's a small complaint. Members of Red Rider play on most of the tracks and Mad Mad World should be met with delight from longtime fans. For unfamiliar listeners, it's worth checking out if you're into Mellencamp or Petty.


Born: May 14, 1953 in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane first caught the public's attention in the '80s when he was the lead singer of the popular Canadian rock group Red Rider. Other early members were guitarist Ken Greer, drummer Rob Baker, keyboardist Peter Boynton, and bassist Jeff Jones. The band recorded several well-received albums. By the next decade, Cochrane was taking the spotlight by turning to a prolific solo career that encompassed a heavy touring schedule that carried him across Canada and saw him find favor...
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