Rock of Ages (song)

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This article is about the Def Leppard song. For other songs with the same title, see Rock of Ages (disambiguation).
"Rock of Ages"
Single by Def Leppard
from the album Pyromania
B-side "Action! Not Words" (UK)
"Coming Under Fire" (US)
Released May 1983 (Original)
4 June 2012 (Re-recorded version)
Format 7"
Digital Download (2012 version)
Recorded 1982
Park Gates Studios
Battle, Sussex, England
Battery Studios
London, England
2012 (Re-recorded version)
Genre Glam metal
Length 4:09
Label Mercury (USA)
Vertigo (UK)
Writer(s) Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Photograph"
(1983)
"Rock of Ages"
(1983)
"Foolin'"
(1983)

"Rock of Ages" is a song by Def Leppard from their 1983 album Pyromania. It takes its name from the hymn "Rock of Ages". When released as a single in the United States, the song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Top Tracks rock chart.[1]

It begins with a German-like nonsense phrase, "Gunter glieben glauten globen", which was later sampled in "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" by The Offspring as well as "Call Me What You Like (If You Like Rock-N-Roll)" by Puffy AmiYumi. This was also sampled in a parody of the song, "Rape Rock of Ages," by shock rock band The Mentors. According to the official Def Leppard FAQ,

According to the liner notes of the compilation release Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection, the band was at a recording studio when lead vocalist Joe Elliott stumbled upon a hymn book left by a member of a children's choir that had just used the studio. In the book, he saw the words "Rock of Ages," which prompted him to write the lyrics of the song.

As the song's melody begins, Elliott speaks the lines, "All right/I've got something to say/It's better to burn out/Than to fade away"; the second two lines are a reference to Neil Young's song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)". Def Leppard's four-line version was quoted in the 1985 movie Highlander by the film's villain, the Kurgan. Young's line would later become immortalized in rock history when it was used in the supposed suicide note of grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain.

The song is played in the movie Balls of Fury multiple times.

The song is featured in the video game Brütal Legend and the downloadable "Def Leppard Pack" for the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

The song is also available for download for the game Rock Band 3, either alone or part of the "Def Leppard Pack 01".

In 2012, the band re-recorded the song, along with "Pour Some Sugar on Me", under the title "Rock of Ages 2012". Both were released digitally on 4 June 2012.

Also, in 2012 "Rock Of Ages" appears in the movies That's My Boy and the 2012 movie of the same name.

The song also features heavily during the climactic scene of the Season 5 finale of Supernatural.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by David Mallet[3] and shot on 8 December 1982 (Guitarist Phil Collen's 25th birthday), in Battersea, London, England.

Former Def Leppard co-manager Peter Mensch appears in this video as one of the monks.

Track listing[edit]

7": Vertigo / VER6 (812 858-7) (UK)[edit]

  1. "Rock of Ages"
  2. "Action! Not Words"

12": Vertigo / VERX6 (812 293-1) (UK)[edit]

  1. "Rock of Ages"
  2. "Action! Not Words"

7": Mercury / 812 604-7 (US)[edit]

  1. "Rock Of Ages"
  2. "Billy's Got A Gun"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 170.
  2. ^ http://defleppard.snaggledworks.com/dlfaq.txt
  3. ^ Def Video 2 Pyromania 1983/High 'n' Dry 1984, Def Leppard UK.com

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