|Single by Helix|
|from the album Walkin' the Razor's Edge|
|B-side||"You Keep Me Rockin'"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Genre||Heavy metal , glam metal|
|Writer(s)||Bob Halligan, Jr.|
|Producer(s)||Helix and Rodney Mills|
|Helix singles chronology|
"Rock You" is a hard rock song written by Bob Halligan, Jr., and the first track from Helix's 1984 album Walkin' the Razor's Edge. It is best known for its call-and-response refrain of "Gimme an R, O, C, K." Helix's recording reached number 32 in Canada on the Billboard AR chart on August 4, 1984. It also came in at number 101 on the Canadian Billboard Pop chart on September 1, 1984.
Songwriter Bob Halligan offered the band "Rock You" while they were looking for extra material for Walkin' the Razor's Edge in 1984. "Rock You" was road tested in concert, played for the first time at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Helix vocalist Brian Vollmer claims that he wrote a new verse for the song but was denied a co-writing credit. The track was produced by the band with Rodney Mills, who was brought in due to his earlier mixing work with 38 Special.
The chorus of "Rock You" has lent itself to Vollmer's autobiography, Gimme An R!, as well as many Helix T-shirts and merchandise.
Labatt's Blue version
Prior to the album or the single's release, Helix struck a deal with the Labatt Brewing Company to use the music with new lyrics for a beer commercial. A clip of that version can be heard on the DVD 30 Years Of Helix: No Rest For The Wicked.
The music video for "Rock You", filmed in a quarry in Toronto, Ontario, is perhaps best known for the image of guitar player Brent Doerner emerging from the water to play his guitar solo. The video is available on the Helix DVD S.E.X. Rated. The uncensored version of the video became the first heavy metal video to be banned from MTV for nudity.
Four live versions of "Rock You" have been officially released by the band. A contemporary live recording was released on the promotional EP Live At The Marquee, and the 2009 Rock Candy reissue of Walkin' the Razor's Edge. A 1991 recording appeared on 1998's half-ALIVE. It was filmed in 2004 for the live DVD 30th Anniversary Concert, and another live version was released on iTunes from the 2005 Sweden Rock Festival.
In popular culture
On the Canadian television program Trailer Park Boys, "Rock You" was the subject of discussion among the main characters. This was based on the call-and-response chorus of the song, "Gimme an R, O, C, K," where the crowd responds with each letter. You can find the discussion here on Wikiquote. On the DVD of Season 3, there is a deleted scene featuring Brian Vollmer and the Trailer Park Boys, using the "Gimme an R" lyric in another joke. There was also a Taco Bell commercial where three men imitated the first part of the recording by hitting their elbows on the table and biting their tacos, then singing "We Will We Will..." and a women said "Stop doing that".
- Brian Vollmer - lead vocals
- Brent "The Doctor" Doerner - guitars, vocals
- Paul Hackman - guitars, vocals
- Daryl Gray - bass guitar, vocals
- Greg "Fritz" Hinz - drums
Sum 41 version
|Song by Sum 41 from the album FUBAR: The Album|
|Recorded||Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario|
|FUBAR: The Album track listing|
- Steve Jocz - Vocals
- Jason "Cone" McCaslin - Bass
- Dave "Brownsound" Baksh - Guitar
- Deryck Whibley - Drums
Helix/Sum 41 controversy
After Sum 41's version of "Rock You" was released, Brian Vollmer and Glen "Archie" Gamble were to meet Sum 41 at a Fubar promotional event, only to find the Sum 41 members uninterested in meeting or talking to them. Later that day on a television broadcast, Sum 41 stated that Helix were "rock gods" and claimed to be fans. This snubbing caused Vollmer to refer to them as "Scum 41" on occasion.
- Planet Helix: Walkin' the Razor's Edge
- Brian Vollmer interview with Paul Suter 2009, Walkin' the Razors Edge Rock Candy liner notes, page 6
- Vollmer, Brian (2004). Gimme An R! the story of Brian Vollmer, lead vocalist of Helix. Ball Media Corporation. ISBN 978-0-9739849-0-3.
- HELIX - More Smash Hits Unplugged Details Revealed
- BRENT DOERNER interview by Michael A. Ladano - "If You Don't Write Good Songs, It Ain't Gonna Fly Baby"