Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rod Stewart - "Young Turks"

Young Turks - Tonight I'm Yours

(Debuted October 17, 1981, Peaked #5, 18 Weeks on the Chart)

Songs about being young and ready to take on the world aren't exactly a recent phenomenon in popular music. Sometimes, desire to get out of the chains that seem to shackle people to their hometowns and a sense of wanderlust are natural occurrences, and an awful lot of songs over the years have fed from that feeling. In this song, the kids (named Billy and Patti) decide to run away together and find whatever is calling them. They take the jump together, head to the coast, move into a little apartment and eventually start a family.

A video for this song (not the YouTube video shown below) was played heavily on MTV, Night Flight HBO's Video Jukebox and other video outlets. The young couple included the actress E.G. Daily, who had a minor hit of her own later, and the video itself was among the first to feature breakdancers. 

Interestingly, the line "Young Turks" never appears anywhere in the lyrics.

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