In Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan's autobiography, he explained that this song began as a joke: someone mentioned the classical composition "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and their organ man, Jon Lord, started playing variations around it.
"The Rat" is a reference to a drug habit - Deep Purple made occasional anti-drug references in their songs - "Into The Fire" was another.
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In Rock was the first album with the Mark II lineup of Deep Purple, which introduced bass player Roger Glover and lead singer Ian Gillan. This is the lineup the band returned with in 1984 after an eight-year hiatus.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.