First Hit #1: January 21, 1984
We end one year, and begin another, with Owner of a Lonely Heart. I’m not sure if Yes was ever big in my house, and I’m actually pretty sure it wasn’t, but this still sounds a lot like my childhood. This is because I’m pretty sure that there was a game or cartoon that sampled this song – which also sampled Funk Inc’s Kool is Back, which is a cover of a Kool and the Gang song, so there’s a complicated lineage – specifically the bursts of synth that pop up on occasion. I can’t place where it came from, which makes it difficult to ferret out evidence, but I know I heard those sounds a lot.
But enough about me, what about the song? Well, as examples of prog going pop go, it may not be my favorite example but it is actually fairly solid. Jon Anderson always has had an unsettling voice to these ears, a kind of uncomfortable androgyny, but the song also has some lovely over-driven guitars and as mentioned before, it just brings back fond memories all around.