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Album: Perfect Strangers (1984)


  • Written by band members Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, this feral rocker tells the story of a guy who goes on an unapologetic bender, and is ready to do it again. After all, he's not responsible for his actions.
  • In The Complete Deep Purple, author Michael Heatley says this track is "A departure from the obvious commercial sound of the rest of the album."

    Its uptempo nature does rather undermine that claim; the song has some blistering lead guitar work from Ritchie Blackmore. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander - London, England, for above 2
  • Gillan drops an obvious f-bomb in the first verse when he sings: "I got no ticket, but I'm gonna take a f--king ride."
  • This was left off the vinyl versions of the Perfect Strangers album but included on cassette copies, likely because there was not enough room for it on the vinyl editions.

Comments: 2

  • Shovelhead Steve from Mass.WTF My favorite song. I just bought a used copy of the album and I'm looking forward to hearing it and I'm waiting and then I look and it's not there!!! Nobody told me there would be days like this.
  • AnonymousFYI, it is included on the vinyl picture disc.
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