Let's Get Rocked

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"Let's Get Rocked"
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Single by Def Leppard
from the album Adrenalize
B-side "Only After Dark"
"Too Late for Love (Live)"
"Women" (Live)
Released March 1992
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded 1991
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 4:56
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Mike Shipley and Def Leppard
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Rocket"
(1989)
"Let's Get Rocked"
(1992)
"Make Love Like a Man"
(1992)
"Rocket"
(1989)
"Let's Get Rocked"
(1992)
"Make Love Like a Man"
(1992)

"Let's Get Rocked" is a 1992 single by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their multi-platinum album Adrenalize. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background and release[edit]

Lead vocalist Joe Elliott has claimed the song is about popular cartoon character Bart Simpson disobeying the orders of his parents and also tells the story of Joe himself as a child. He has also stated people from the band's hometown Sheffield, England will understand the lyrics better than anyone else.

Also, according to a Joe Elliott statement on the "Rock of Ages" and "Best Of" compilation albums, this song was an escapism since the band was working on the "White Lightning" song and felt like doing something to lighten the atmosphere. According to the band, this song and "White Lightning" were the last two songs recorded for the album.

The song has been a live fixture on all of the bands' tours since its release and is still regularly performed to this day. It is one of only two songs by the band released after the 1980s to hold the distinction of being a 'setlist staple' (the other being 1993's "Two Steps Behind").

Music video[edit]

The song was accompanied by a then state-of-the-art computer animated music video, which is believed to be one of the most groundbreaking CG music videos created along with "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, both of which were directed by Steve Barron. The video consists of the band playing in a computer generated stadium on top of an LED lit stage in the shape of the flag of the United Kingdom, along with CGI animated scenes featuring a character named Flynn, based on Bart Simpson according to lead singer Joe Elliott.[citation needed] Flynn is seen in various moments of a typical day of a teenager's life, which include being berated by his father to do chores, or sexual activity from his girlfriend.

This video is not only the band's first without Steve Clark, who died the previous year, but their only video as a four-piece. Guitarist Vivian Campbell had not yet been selected to replace Clark. As such, initial live performances of the song were as a four-piece before Campbell joined the band.

Film/Television References[edit]

The song was first used in the 1992 film Encino Man, but it does not appear on the film's soundtrack. The song has also been used to promote the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, starring Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live alumnus Tina Fey. It was also featured in the film Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg. Professional darts player Dean Winstanley also used the song as his walk-on music, but now uses Mr. Brightside by The Killers instead.

A line from the song was indirectly used by Stewie Griffin in the Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" with both Stewie and Brian being in a Flintstones universe, In which Stewie quotes this song by saying, "Let's get the rock outta here".

Track listings[edit]

12" maxi (Bludgeon Riffola) / DEFXP 7 - UK / INT 866 587-1 / Picture Disc

This 12" single picture disc has a blue eye graphic in the cover. On the back side of the picture disc has the band's picture. The back cardboard has the 12" single information and the same band picture. Pictures by Pamela Springsteen. Artwork and Design by Andie Airfix at Satori.

  1. "Let's Get Rocked"
  2. "Only After Dark"
  3. "Too Late for Love (live)"

track 3 was recorded at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado on 12 & 13 February 1988[1]

CD maxi (Bludgeon Riffola) / DEFCD 7 - UK / 866-591-2 - INT
  1. "Let's Get Rocked"
  2. "Only After Dark"
  3. "Women (live)"

track 3 was recorded at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado on 12 & 13 February 1988[1]

7" single
Bludgeon Riffola / DEF 7 (UK)
  1. "Let's Get Rocked" – 4:56
  2. "Only After Dark" – 4:02
Cassette Single
Bludgeon Riffola / 866 586-4 / DEFMC 7 (UK)
  1. "Let's Get Rocked"
  2. "Only After Dark"

The Side A and Side B of the cassette is the same one.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b notes on single sleeve
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Let's Get Rocked", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 13 April 2009)
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Musicline.de (Retrieved 13 April 2009)
  4. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite (Retrieved 13 April 2009)
  5. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart [1]
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 13 April 2009)
  7. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 13 April 2009)
  8. ^ http://www.cashboxcountdowns.com/archives/90s_files/19920530.html
  9. ^ http://swisscharts.com/year.asp?key=1992
  10. ^ http://funky802.com/hot100/chart_yearly.php?entrytime=19921231
  11. ^ http://www.oocities.org/rockgolf/uk1992.html
  12. ^ "ARIA - 1992". Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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