Step On

Album: Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches (1990)
Charted: 5 57

Songfacts®:

  • This is a cover of a John Kongos song called "He's Gonna Step On You Again," originally released in 1971. It was written by Kongos and Christos Demitriou and hit #4 UK and #70 US. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Gerard - Sheffield, England
  • The Happy Mondays never caught on in America, where this was the closest they came to a hit.
  • John Kongos wrote this as a protest song against white man's appropriation of native territory in Africa. It was built around a riff lifted from an African tribal dance recorded in a jungle, and it is cited by the Guinness Book of Records as the first ever sample used on a record.
  • John Kongos was a South African singer/multi instrumentalist who settled in the UK in 1966. In 1971 he recorded his debut album Kongos, which was produced by Gus Dudgeon and includes both this and his other hit single, "Tokolshe Man." Kongos was later a top session musician (he produced and played keyboards on Def Leppard's 1983 album Pyromania) and also scored the 1978 film The Greek Tycoon.

Comments: 4

  • Evo from Stoke, EnglandI'm sure I read somewhere that John Kongos, co-writer of this song also wrote the theme tune to Fraggle Rock!!
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandCALL THE COPSH!!!!!!
  • Roy from London, EnglandBez, the dancer from the Happy Mondays, recently won the UK's "Celebrity Big Brother".
  • Chet from Saratoga Springs, NyPersoanally, The Happy Mondays were and still are one of my facorite groups from the manchester scene. I own all of their LP's.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews

The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"They're Playing My Song

"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.

John Lee HookerSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write the blues.

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.