The Right to Rock

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The Right to Rock
Keel TheRightToRock.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1985
StudioThe Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Media Sound, New York City
GenreGlam metal, hard rock
LabelGold Mountain/A&M (US)
Vertigo (Europe)
King (Japan)
ProducerGene Simmons
Keel chronology
Lay Down the Law
The Right to Rock
The Final Frontier
Singles from The Right to Rock
  1. "The Right to Rock"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

The Right to Rock is the second studio album by American glam metal band Keel. It was the first to be produced by Kiss's Gene Simmons under their new label Gold Mountain Records (which was distributed by A&M Records at the time). When the band started recording the album, drummer Bobby Marks left. He was replaced by different drummers: Fred Coury (who went on to join Cinderella), Barry Brandt (of Angel) and Steve Riley (who plays on the entire album but subsequently left to join the band W.A.S.P.). Dwain Miller eventually became the band's permanent drummer right before the album was released.[3] The band had only written three songs when the label sent them to the studio, therefore Keel covered three Gene Simmons demos and re-recorded three songs from their debut album - Tonight You're Mine was renamed to You're the Victim, I'm the Crime for this album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "The Right to Rock" (Ron Keel, Marc Ferrari, Kenny Chaisson) - 3:35
  2. "Back to the City" (R. Keel, Chaisson) - 3:47
  3. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:41
  4. "Easier Said than Done" (Gene Simmons, Mitch Weissman) - 3:25
  5. "So Many Girls, So Little Time" (Simmons, Howard Rice) - 3:15
Side two
  1. "Electric Love" (R. Keel, Chaisson) - 4:05
  2. "Speed Demon" (R. Keel) - 3:39
  3. "Get Down" (Simmons, Rice) - 5:02
  4. "You're the Victim (I'm the Crime)" (R. Keel, Chaisson, Bobby Marks) - 2:59

The remastered version of the album features two bonus tracks - a remixed version of "Easier Said than Done", and a "reunion" version of "The Right to Rock".


Band members
  • Ron Keel - vocals and guitar
  • Marc Ferrari - guitar and vocals
  • Bryan Jay - guitar and vocals
  • Kenny Chaisson - bass and vocals
  • Steve Riley - drums and vocals
  • Gene Simmons - producer
  • Mike Davis - engineer, mixing
  • Paul Wertheimer, Sebastian Thoner, Bruce Smith, Eddie Delena, Craig Engel - assistant engineers
  • Greg Fulginti - mastering
  • Aaron Rapoport - photography
  • Chuck Beeson - art direction, design
  • John Taylor Dismukes - illustrations
  • Ron Keel - liner notes

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song "Speed Demon" was used in the 2002 movie, Men In Black II at the post office scene, when Agent J shows Agent K an alien inside a mail sorting machine.


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Keel The Right to Rock review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  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. 181. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2013-04-24.

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