I'm a Rebel

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I'm a Rebel
Rebel cover.jpg
Studio album by Accept
Released June 2, 1980 (1980-06-02)
Recorded October-December 1979
Studio Delta-Studio, Wilster, Germany
Genre Heavy metal
Length 33:35
Label Brain Metronome GmbH
Producer Dirk Steffens
Accept chronology
I'm a Rebel
Singles from I'm a Rebel
  1. "I'm a Rebel" / "No Time to Lose"
    Released: August 1980
Original US and UK cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 3/10[2]
For the single and unreleased AC/DC song, see I'm a Rebel (song).

I'm a Rebel is the second album by German heavy metal band Accept, recorded in 1979 and released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It was the first of three consecutive Accept records to utilize Dirk Steffens as producer. The album finds Accept continuing to search for their musical direction, experimenting with a more commercial sound than on their debut. Bassist Peter Baltes once again sings lead vocals on two tracks, the slower-paced songs "No Time to Lose" and "The King".

The title track is credited to George Alexander, which is a pseudonym for Alex Young, eldest brother of record producer and musician George Young and AC/DC guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann recalled the circumstances that led Alex Young to work with Accept: "He got involved with Accept through the producer. Everybody after the first record said we have to have a radio hit. 'Guys you need a radio hit and we have just the song for you. Why don't you try this here?'" The song became the basis for the band's first music video.

Lead singer Udo Dirkschneider believes that the album "wasn't too inspired. I think because of some unsuccessful experiments, the band wasn't too solid and the identity wasn't discovered yet."[3] He also blamed "too many people involved trying to manipulate the band, just like on the first album."[4] Accept would become determined to resolve these deficiencies on their next album, Breaker.

I'm a Rebel gained international distribution in the United Kingdom and United States on the Logo and Passport labels, respectively. These international versions both depict a sword hilt on the cover, a more identifiably "heavy metal" image than the original German cover. The Passport version simply titles the record Accept, as the band's 1979 self-titled debut had not been released in America.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "I'm a Rebel" (George Alexander) – 3:57
  2. "Save Us" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann) – 4:33
  3. "No Time to Lose" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann, Steffens) – 4:35
  4. "Thunder and Lightning" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann) – 4:01
Side two
  1. "China Lady" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann, Steffens) – 3:56
  2. "I Wanna Be No Hero" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann, Steffens) – 4:00
  3. "The King" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann, Steffens) – 4:10
  4. "Do It" (Dirkschneider, Baltes, Hoffmann, Fischer, Kaufmann) – 4:11


Band members
  • Dirk Steffens – producer for Delta-Studio Productions, arrangements with Accept
  • Christoph Bonno – engineer, mixing
  • Manfred Schunke – engineer on "I Wanna Be No Hero"
  • René Tinner – mixing on "I'm a Rebel"
  • Cover design by Fessel/Hoffmann
  • Published by Oktave, Hamburg


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Accept I'm a Rebel review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "Metal Heart Stopped Beating!". Heavy Metal Magazine (44). April 1998. Archived from the original on September 18, 2004. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Tim (2005). "Hard News Page 2". Hard Radio.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013.