Earth Rocker

Album: Earth Rocker (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of Earth Rocker, the tenth studio album by American hard rock band Clutch. The LP became their first to crack to top 20 of the Billboard 200, when it debuted at #15 on the week after its release.
  • Earth Rocker has been described as heavier and faster than Clutch's preceding albums. Singer/guitarist Neil Fallon told us that the record's ferocity may be attributed to the band's touring experience with Motörhead and Thin Lizzy. "We wanted to write a faster record," he explained. "We had come off of two tours, one with Thin Lizzy and one with Motörhead. Listening to those bands was very informative. I just wanted to write a lean record."

    Neil went on to explain that listening to Motörhead and Thin Lizzy now as musicians in their forties, the band pick up things they weren't aware of when they were teenagers. "When I hear Little Richard, and Chuck Berry was a great influence on him, I can hear that now," he said. "The same with Brian Downey on the drums playing shuffles. I didn't know what a shuffle was back then. Now you listen to it and you hear very smooth rock shuffles. Touring with those bands made us think about the wider scope of rock & roll."

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