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Subject: I love rock n roll

Written By: misterbeck on 05/13/03 at 04:01 p.m.

I saw a message posted a few months back (Reverse Quiz) and thought I'd add to this. It was nearly correct.
"I love rock n roll" was recorded by the Arrows, and it was written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker, with lead vocal sung by Mr. Merrill as usual in that band. Produced by Mickie Most and released on the RAK record label in 1975. This is the original version.
It has been covered by a number of artists since The Arrows.
The best known are Joan Jett and Britney Spears of course.

Anyone who would like a taste of how The Arrows sounded, there's an mp3 of Alan Merrilll singing the song on his website.


It's free, so why not ?

All the best,

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: PrimaLonna on 05/15/03 at 02:30 a.m.


Cool thanks for that. I heard the "I luv r&r" mp3 on the Alan Merrill website. It sounds like the Jett version, but with a guy singing. He's good, sounds sexy. I always thought Joan wrote that song but I  guess these guys the Arrows did it years before.

I wonder who'll do the song next?


Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: maddog167 on 05/15/03 at 06:46 p.m.

Ah yes, that Reverse Quiz idea was me! It never did catch on though :(

I liked The Arrows when I was 13/14 in '76/'77. I also enjoyed Mud and Suzi Quatro but Smokie...no, even I have to draw the line somewhere.

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: misterbeck on 05/16/03 at 01:40 a.m.

Oh yes ! I hear you about Smokie ! They were hard to take. That smirk on the singer's face, sort of like George W Bush !

The Arrows, Mud, Suzi Quatro, all on the same label, RAK. Great fun pop bands.
At least Arrows got the smash with writing "I love rock n roll". That was karma at work in that case. The band deserved some place in pop history, in spite of all the legal and business problems they had. In a round about way they got their niche, even though it's just a footnote. A big footnote though !

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: PrimaLonna on 05/20/03 at 01:33 p.m.


I went to their website and it's interesting. For a band that is kind of unknown by the general public, they have done a lot of cool things.
http://www.geocities.com/arrowmaniax/For example, I didn't know the drummer married June Bolan, TRex Marc Bolan's ex wife. There are funny pics of them together on the site. She's pinching his nose !

Bye 4 now:

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: Tbullsr on 05/20/03 at 04:02 p.m.

:o  Britney Spears?   >:(


Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: PF4Eva on 05/20/03 at 06:39 p.m.

Britney's version rules all!

Alright, I gotta give props to Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker for writing that classic song. I had to hear the song a thousand times when I fif a PowerPoint presentation on 70's rock and roll in a Multimedia class last semester, and I used the mp3 from Alan's site.

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: misterbeck on 05/22/03 at 11:58 p.m.

I hope you did well on your "I Love Rock N Roll" presentation. I'll bet it was well received.

I agree, Britney is hot, and I think she did a great job on the song. It wasn't metal, it wasn't hard rock, it was Britney style.
She interpreted the lyrical content of the song well.
Britney could sing anything and make it sexy. She made her own version, and did it in her style. Why not?

I mean, consider Freddie Mercury's "Great Pretender" next to The Platters version. Freddie was good, but didn't have the voice of the original Platters singer. It didn't make Freddie's version seem any less "fabulous" to Queen fans.

Covering known songs and putting your own stamp on it, and having your fans like it and buy it.
That's part of the measure of any major recording artist, like it or not.

Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: PrimaLonna on 09/03/03 at 01:58 p.m.

Hi everybody !!!

Here's a new one. The band called Queen Of Japan have recorded a version of "I love rock n roll" that's a hit in Europe
right now.


There's a sample on the site if you're curious.
It's on the album called "Head Rush" by Queen Of Japan, and is kind of Electronica glam music.
They are big with the fashion set in Paris, and their music is used in fashion shows worldwide.

The old Arrows song is almost 30 years old now but it keeps on going strong.



Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: RockandRollFan on 09/03/03 at 08:32 p.m.

I'm learning to love myself..and if you check Banasys sig. line...she loves me too!   Seriously though...


Subject: Re: I love rock n roll

Written By: PrimaLonna on 09/06/03 at 00:30 a.m.

Hey Rock n roll fan,

Veering way off topic, but since you brought it up !

Wishing you and Banasy much happiness !
Dancing away.....into the night....