“Young Turks” is a song by Rod Stewart that first appeared in 1981 on his album Tonight I’m Yours, the track showed Stewart with a new synthpop and new wave sound. The term Young Turk, which originates from the same-named secular nationalist reform party of the early 20th century, is slang for a rebellious youth who acts contrary to what is deemed normal by society.
The phrase “Young Turks” is never heard in the actual song, the chorus instead centering on the phrase “young hearts be free tonight”, leading to the song frequently being misidentified as “Young Hearts” or “Young Hearts Be Free”.
“Love Touch” is a song performed by Rod but written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. It was released as a single in 1986 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured in the end credits of the romantic comedy, Legal Eagles. It is also on Stewart’s album, Every Beat of My Heart. The song is a plea from someone who has been fighting with his lover, but is apologizing and asking for another chance to “be good.”
Although it is among Stewart’s most successful songs, he rarely performs Love Touch in concert. Stewart holds a low opinion of the song’s lyrics, calling it “one of the silliest songs I’ve ever recorded,” in the liner notes of Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart Volume 2.
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