Australian singles charts:
Crazy Horses entered the Kent charts on 22 January 1973 and peaked at #23.
The song is on Crazy Horses which entered the Kent album charts on 19 March 1973 and peaked at #37.
Singer Merrill Osmond said of Crazy Horses, “Before that, my brothers and I had been what’s now called a boyband: all our songs were chosen for us by the record company. But now, having been successful, we wanted to freak out and make our own music. We were rehearsing in a basement one day when Wayne started playing this heavy rock riff. I came up with a melody and Alan got the chords. Within an hour, we had the song. I had always been the lead singer, but I sang Crazy Horses with Jay. The line “What a show, there they go, smoking up the sky” had to be sung higher, so I did that and Jay did the verses because his voice was growlier, and this track was heavier than anything we’d ever done.”
Donny, the usual co-lead, had no vocal parts because his voice was changing, due to puberty.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horses
Jay Osmond, singer & drummer said: “Crazy Horses was way ahead of its time. It’s a song about ecology and the environment: those ‘crazy horses, smoking up the sky’ are gas-guzzling cars, destroying the planet with their fumes. We shot the record sleeve in a junkyard, surrounded by big old cars.”
Read more: www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/23/how-we-made-crazy-horses-the-osmonds
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