This is a track from New York alternative rock band Morningwood's sophomore full-length album, Diamonds and Studs. After leaving Capitol Records, Morningwood became the first band to be signed by VH1, and this was their first release on the entertainment giant's label.
Vocalist Chantal Claret told AntiMusic that this song reminds her of her mother. She added: "Today is what would have been her 62nd birthday. The song basically means everyone dies so you just have to keep going on with your life."
Claret explained the album title to The Associated Press: "I really knew what I wanted the artwork to look like: I wanted the whole thing to be studded. I've been totally obsessed with studs. I've never seen [cover art like that] before. And then I was looking at old movie titles and sent this huge list to Pedro and 'diamonds' was one of the things listed. We were having a pow-wow and came up with, Diamonds and Studs. It just feels like a perfect representation of us as a band; soft and hard and dirty and clean and girly and manly. We just feel like, on the record, some are diamonds and some are studs."
"Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. Ian Hunter wrote the song after touring America in the late '70s and finding that Cleveland was by far the most receptive city to his brand of Glam Rock.