Asia: “Heat of the Moment” (1982)

This is apparently a musical apology and, really, somebody should have. I always thought this song was annoying; then I saw the video (directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme), and realized that there was a whole new level of annoying that the audio-only version hadn’t tapped into. The reason to own this single is the nonalbum track, “Ride Easy,” which features Steve Howe’s usual superlative guitar work. Wetton cited “Ride Easy” as one of his favorites, and Asia performed it live over the years. If you haven’t heard it before, you really should.

Original 7-inch Version
A1. Heat of the Moment (John Wetton/Geoff Downes) (3:50)
B1. Ride Easy (John Wetton/Steve Howe) (4:35)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch in April 1982 in the UK (Geffen, GEFA2494), the US (Geffen, GEF50040), Canada (Geffen, KGEF50040), Germany, the Netherlands and Spain (Geffen, A2207) and Japan (Geffen, 07SP-617) with picture sleeve; reached #46 on the UK charts and #4 on the US charts (charted April 17, 1982 for 18 weeks). Also released as promotional 7-inch in 1982 in the US (Geffen, PRO 50040) feat. A only.

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