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This was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who wrote many Glam Rock hits like this one. They also wrote Sweet's "Blockbuster," Suzi Quatro's "Devil Gate Drive" and Tony Basil's "Mickey."
This song was inspired by an incident in 1973 when the band were performing at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, Scotland and were driven offstage by a barrage of bottles.
In 2000, this was used in La Vie Ne Me Fait Pas Peur, a French movie about a group of girls who don't speak English - the only words they know are "Ballroom Blitz." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3)
Quentin Tarantino was considering using this song in the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs
but went with the Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle With You
" instead. (thanks, Johanna - London, England)
Cassandra's (Tia Carrere's) band covered this in the movie Wayne's World. As Wayne says, they wail. (thanks, Leah - Ottawa, Canada)
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
Gym Class Heroes
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Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread
, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.