Gonna Raise Hell

Album: Dream Police (1979)

Songfacts®:

  • This epic rocker with a disco beat contains an interlude for violins and cellos that was scored by guitarist Rick Nielsen and keyboardist Jai Winding. Bassist Tom Petersson recalled to Uncut: "We always wanted to work with an orchestra, but (producer) Tom Werman did not want to hear about it, and he was just begrudgingly going along with it. We were in there like, 'Come on, this will be great!'"

    "We liked to use orchestras not to sweeten things, but to make them scarier with these violins and cellos and crazy string lines going on. That's the way we look at orchestras – it's really to darken things up, not sweeten it."

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