Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!

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Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!
Studio album by Iron City Houserockers
Released June 6, 1980
Recorded 1980
Studio Media Sound, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 40:44
Label MCA
Producer The Slimmer Twins (Steve Popovich and Marty Mooney), Mick Ronson
Iron City Houserockers chronology
Love's So Tough
(1979)Love's So Tough1979
Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!
Blood on the Bricks
(1981)Blood on the Bricks1981
Singles from Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!
  1. "Hypnotized"
    Released: July 1980
  2. "Junior's Bar"
    Released: September 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Creem Very favorable[3]
Rolling Stone Very favorable[4]
The Village Voice Very favorable[5]

Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive! is a studio album by the Iron City Houserockers. Although well-received critically, commercial success eluded the Iron City Houserockers outside of the rust belt. Among the strongest tracks are the title track, "Don't Let Them Push You Around", "We're Not Dead Yet", the two-part medley of "Old Man Bar" and Junior's Bar" and "Rock Ola", Grushecky's first truly competent ballad. According to the liner notes, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt produced and arranged five songs ("Junior's Bar", "Angela", "Running Scared", "Blondie", and "Don't Let Them Push You Around") and played lead guitar on "Junior's Bar" before leaving due to creative differences with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. The album was reissued on CD format in 1999.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Have a Good Time (But Get out Alive)" (Joe Grushecky) – 3:49
  2. "Don't Let Them Push You Around" (Grushecky) – 2:23
  3. "Pumping Iron" (Grushecky) – 3:54
  4. "Hypnotized" (Grushecky, Gil Snyder) – 3:20
  5. "Price of Love" (Grushecky, Snyder) – 4:04
  6. "Angela" (Joe Grushecky) – 3:17

Side two[edit]

  1. "We're Not Dead Yet" (Dan Beck, Grushecky, Snyder) – 3:01
  2. "Blondie" (Grushecky) – 2:44
  3. "Old Man Bar" (Bob Boyer, Eddie Britt, Snyder) – 3:14
  4. "Junior's Bar" (Britt, Grushecky, Snyder) – 4:17
  5. "Runnin' Scared" (Grushecky, Art Nardini, Snyder) – 3:49
  6. "Rock Ola" (Grushecky) – 2:52

"Hypnotized" was produced by Ian Hunter. "Don't Let Them Push You Around", "Angela", "Blondie", "Junior's Bar" and "Runnin' Scared" were arranged by Steven Van Zandt.


Iron City Houserockers


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1980 Billboard Bubbling Under the Top LP's 204


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1980). "Consumer Guide Reviews". robertchristgau.com. Robert Christgau. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ Hull, Robot (September 1980). "Iron City Houserockers: Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive)". Creem. Birmingham, Michigan: Creem Magazine, Inc. 
  4. ^ Carson, Tom (August 21, 1980). "New American Classic". Rolling Stone. New York, New York: Straight Arrow Publishers Inc. 
  5. ^ Marcus, Greil (July 9, 1980). "Iron City Houserockers: Pure Steel". The Village Voice. New York, New York. 
  6. ^ "Have a Good Time But Get Out Alive" liner notes

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