Never Been Any Reason

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"Never Been Any Reason"
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Single by Head East
from the album Flat as a Pancake
GenreHard rock
Length5:11 (album version)
3:25 (single version)
LabelPyramid Records
A&M Records
Songwriter(s)Mike Somerville
Producer(s)Head East

"Never Been Any Reason" is the first track on Head East's début album Flat as a Pancake, composed by the band's guitarist, Mike Somerville. It is often considered Head East's signature song,[1] peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, and continues to be played on classic rock radio stations in the US a generation after it was recorded.

The song features keyboardist Roger Boyd's double-tracked Minimoog solos throughout the song. Asked about the solos via the band's official web site, Boyd said they were created due to an accident during mixing:

"It is two Minimoogs. Back in those days we did not have computerized mixing and had to mix "on the fly;" we forgot to mute one of the moog solos and when it went by we thought WOW! so we decided to go back and record the second part to match/compliment [sic] the primary solo part."[2]

Lead vocals are alternated between drummer Steve Huston singing the first two lines of the verses and lead vocalist John Schlitt on the remainder of the song.[3] Both the last line of each verse and the choruses feature multi-part vocal harmonies sung by all the members of the band.

The song was featured in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused, and later in the 2005 film Sahara.


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