Lunatic Fringe


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Year Released
As Far as Siam
Tom Cochrane
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Open with smuggler Morales dropping off load
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"Lunatic Fringe" is a song by Red Rider, features on the album As Far as Siam in 1981 and released as a single that year. It appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Smuggler's Blues".


  • Tom Cochrane wrote the song as a response to what he felt was a rise in anti-Semitism in the 1970s, as well as reading a book about the Swedish humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, who helped many Jews escape the Holocaust.
  • "Lunatic Fringe" refers to people who have views on the extreme edges of established ideologies such as Liberalism and Conservatism.
  • The song was used in the 1985 movie Vision Quest, and is a staple on Classic Rock stations today.


  • 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
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