Let's Get Rocked

Album: Adrenalize (1992)
Charted: 2 15
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  • "Rock" is a popular topic for Def Leppard; they also gave us "Rock Of Ages" "Rocket" and "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)." All this rock framed in the massive productions of the meticulously crafted Def Leppard songs raised the ire of some critics, who accused the band of being without substance.

    Lead singer Joe Elliott spoke about the reaction to this song in his interview with Kaos 2000 magazine. Said Elliott, "I have a line in the song, 'I suppose rock's out of the question.' They missed the point that it's supposed to be funny. I've said in the past, of that song, actually listen to that song. Strip all of your negative things away and listen to it and tell me that Prince couldn't have done that. I would say, 'You're lying.' to anyone who says he couldn't have. It wasn't a rip-off of Prince, but I don't see it a million miles from 'When Doves Cry' or 'Little Red Corvette.' It's a basic, structured-down me singing over drums and bass. It's just that our drums and bass were a million times bigger than Prince's. It was way more bombastic. I think that is the shield that most journalists can't get through. They just see this over-produced, big, massive sound. In fact, that was exactly what we were trying to achieve. Don't knock us for it because that is what we want. If you don't like it, that's fair enough, but at least try to listen to it in the way that it's been done."

Comments: 3

  • Jodie from XxWhy didn't they get Mutt Lange to produce this album?
  • Kieran from Brisbane, AustraliaThis tune is also in the Mark Walhberg/Jennifer Anniston film Rockstar innit?
  • Kieran from Brisbane, AustraliaIts defo influenced by Prince that you can tell. Also, wasn't it inspired by The Simpsons in particular Bart? Think Joe Elliot has admitted this in past interviews. The story that the lyrics tell are also reminiscent of The Coasters 'Yakkty Yak'. Quite a range of different influences for such a basic song. Then again, that's the case with much of Def Leppards stuff.
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