1980 (*Re-issued 1994) - Capitol Records

Don't Fight It - Red Rider

Don’t Fight It is the title track and the first song of the debut album by Canadian rock band Red Rider, released in 1979. The song was written by Tom Cochrane, the lead singer and guitarist of the band, and it features a catchy chorus and a guitar solo by Ken Greer. The song is about a woman who is confident and independent, but also restless and rebellious. She doesn’t want to conform to the expectations of society or her lover, and she prefers to live on the edge. The song expresses the narrator’s admiration and frustration for her, as he tries to understand her and keep up with her.

The album Don’t Fight It was a commercial success in Canada, selling more than 100,000 copies and earning a gold certification. It also received positive reviews from critics, who praised the band’s rock sound and Cochrane’s lyrics. The album included another hit single, White Hot, which was about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and his travels in Africa. The album was reissued on CD in 1994 and remastered in 2010. Don’t Fight It is considered one of the best albums by Red Rider and one of the classic rock albums of the late 1970s.

Track Listing
  1. Don’t Fight It (4:25)
  2. How’s My Little Girl Tonight (4:05)
  3. Iron In The Soul (3:00)
  4. Make Myself Complete (3:40)
  5. Good News (3:59)
  6. White Hot (5:07)
  7. Talkin’ To Myself* (3:39)
  8. Just The Way It Goes (3:46)
  9. Look Out Again (3:47)
  10. Avenue “A” (3:23)

Produced By
Michael James Jackson.


Re-issued 1994 with *extra track) – (Track order varies by country/media)

Tom Cochrane: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards & Programming
Ken Greer: Guitars, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Rob Baker: Drums & Percussion
Jeff Jones: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Bill Payne – synthesizer on “Good News”. Bobbye Hall – percussion on “Good News” & “Look Out Again”. Raphael Ravenscroft – soprano sax on “White Hot”.

Recorded at Sunset Sound, Clover Recorders – Hollywood, CA, and Eastern Sound, Manta Sound – Toronto, ON