10 months ago
Newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Yes are maybe best known for their ’70s prog-rock gems like “Roundabout” and “I See All Good People“—and those songs were among a strong body of work that got them enshrined in Cleveland.
But by the early ’80s, the band was all but over, notes Rolling Stone. That is, until a journeyman guitarist, Trevor Rabin, started looking for a permanent home in L.A.—and the remnants of Yes came calling. Rabin brought with him a demo for a song that would end up resurrecting the band and reaching No. 1.
It was called “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and you can hear it in two ways below. First, the original demo, which features Rabin humming through the verses (though, it’s clear he’s got the hook-y chorus down). Then, the final version, which appeared on 1983’s 90125, the band’s 11th album.