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Unknowing Shout Out

Here’s something a lot of people don’t know, including Jimmy Fallon, as evidenced by the above video: Rod Stewart’s song “Young Turks” was named for the group of artists featured in Stephen Seemayer’s film “Young Turks.”

In May 1981, Seemayer first screened his original rough cut of the documentary at an event called the Downtown Drive-In, in the parking lot of a building at 44o Seaton St. The event had originally been scheduled for earlier in the year, but technical difficulties necessitated a postponement. To advertise the event, Seemayer plastered posters all over buildings downtown, and the posters stayed up for most of the year.

Starting in early 1981, these posters were plastered on walls all over downtown to advertise the Downtown Drive-In event.

That summer, Rod Stewart was in L.A. shooting a music video for a new song originally called “Young Hearts.” In a TV interview after the song was released in October, Stewart explained that he and his crew and dancers were shooting downtown — on the 6th Street bridge, at 7th and Santa Fe, in the rail yards, at the Hayward Hotel — and he saw a poster for a film about a bunch of young artists downtown. He thought “Young Turks” was a much better title for his song so he renamed it.

According to Wikipedia, Rod Stewart’s “Young Turks” was the first video to air on MTV that featured break-dancing.

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One response to “Unknowing Shout Out

  1. lindaburnham ⋅

    AMAZING. I DIDNT KNOW/REMEMBER THAT.

    From: “Young Turks: The Movie” Reply-To: “Young Turks: The Movie” Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:53:02 +0000 To: Linda Burnham Subject: [New post] Unknowing Shout Out

    youngturksthemovie posted: “ Here’s something a lot of people don’t know, including Jimmy Fallon, as evidenced by the above video: Rod Stewart’s song “Young Turks” was named for the group of artists featured in Stephen Seemayer’s film “Young Turks.” In May 19″

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