Patti Smith

People Have the Power

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Patti Smith was always attracted to anthemic aspect of rock & roll, and her election year return to action was this hopeful song, a good pop/rock tune with a strong hook. The 12-inch single contained two songs on Side B: "Where Duty Calls," also featured on the Dream of Life album, which reflects on the October 1983 terrorist attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, and the non-LP "Wild Leaves," a moody ballad.