For My Sunday Song #158, I bring to you “Getcha Rocks Off” from the band’s 1979 debut E.P. simply known as the Def Leppard E.P. The song would go on to be re-recorded for the band’s debut full length album ‘On Through the Night’ but there it is known as “Rocks Off”.
What is cool about this song? Well, everything actually. It is as early Def Leppard as you can get. It is raw, it is rough and it completely gets your rocks off…really! The band sounds so young, so hungry and so damn good. Steve Clark’s guitar riff instantly grabs hold of you and won’t let go. And let’s talk about that solo. Damn, Steve was immediately letting the world know that this band meant business. There is a little back and forth on the guitars with Steve and Pete Willis and then Steve just tears into that solo with a blistering pace and so much fire and passion. This is guitar rock at its best.
Another cool thing about this song is the drumming. This is not Rick Allen on drums. This was before he joined the band. The drummer on this is Frank Noon. Frank was a session drummer and wasn’t really a full member of the band. He wasn’t the first drummer either as that was Tony Kenning, but he isn’t on this record so no more about him. Frank did a great job and pounded the hell out of those drums.
Lyrically there isn’t much to the song. It is a pure rock & roll song about a beautiful woman that comes to the dressing room door and is looking smoking hot. She wants to get her rocks off. When the band goes on stage the girl is in the front and she has lots of pretty friends, enough for every one in the band…funny how that works out. This song is really great for the music, not the lyrical content for sure.
Check out the video and let me know what you think. It isn’t a deep record, it is just a Rock record and sometimes that is all I want!!! Have a Happy Sunday!!
“Getcha Rocks Off”
Well we were gettin’ ready just the other night
When a knock on the dressing room door
Gave way to a leather jacket little girl
Who we’d never ever seen before
In her red satin dress and her high heeled shoes
Well she took us all by surprise
When she asked us what we wanted to do
Well she said it with her eyes
Just getcha rocks off
When we finally took the stage there she was
But she wasn’t on her own
‘Cos she brought some friends, maybe 5 or 6
Yeah she must have been on the phone
And when they started dancing and jumping around
Well we couldn’t believe our eyes
‘Cos they got the whole audience rockin’
And they got us paralyzed
Just getcha rocks off
Written by Joe Elliott, Pete Willis, Steve Clark and Rick Savage