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Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart (1983)

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“Owner of a Lonely Heart” is a song by British progressive rock band Yes. It is the first track and ...

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” is a song by British progressive rock band Yes. It is the first track and single from their eleventh studio album 90125, released in November 1983. Written primarily by guitarist and singer Trevor Rabin, contributions were made to the final version by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, and producer Trevor Horn.

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” was released in October 1983, as the album’s first single. It was a commercial success in the United States, becoming the band’s first and only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and its Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 1984, the song reached No. 8 in the year-end charts in the US. The single was reissued various times throughout the 1980s and 1990s with different remix versions and B-sides.

Music video
The song’s music video was shown frequently on MTV, introducing the revamped Yes lineup and sound to a new generation of fans largely unfamiliar with the band’s very different earlier work, which had helped to define the genre of progressive rock. The music video was directed by graphic designer Storm Thorgerson who, as part of Hipgnosis, had previously designed the covers for the band’s albums Going for the One and Tormato. The video starred actor Danny Webb.

Keyboardist Tony Kaye does not appear in the video as at the time of the video shoot, Eddie Jobson was standing in as the band’s keyboardist. Jobson can be seen briefly in a few quick shots in the beginning band scene and from behind during the rooftop scene, but he was not part of the video’s “animal transformation” scene in which the other four band members take part; the video was edited to remove as much of his appearance as possible. Ultimately, Kaye returned to the lineup and Jobson never recorded any material with the band.

The video was filmed in London, with some scenes filmed on top of various buildings. Scenes of the band playing are also present.

The song has been sampled by various artists including Michael Jackson (in his song “D.S.”), German pop-group Tic Tac Toe (in their song “Schubidamdam”), American rapper Kyper (in his song “Tic-Tac-Toe”), Frank Zappa (in live versions of his song “Bamboozled by Love”), Enrique Iglesias (in live versions of his song “Don’t Turn Off the Lights”), Max Graham, whose 2005 single reached No. 9 in the UK, and Grizzly Bear.

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