Rockin’ in A♭

SONG COMPOSERS, LYRICS AND BACKGROUND

LYRICS

I used to work nights with my dad
It was the best job I ever had
Until some blokes on their bikes came through
Said c’mon down the youth club and see what’s new
Well come on come on come on
Let’s have some fun tonight

Went to the dance like they said I should
It cost three bob but it was quite good
The band were jumpin’ and jivin’ around
Their twenty watt amps really made a sound
Well come on come on come on
Let’s have some fun tonight

Well
I’ll have a cup of tea and then I’ll change my name
And I’ll put all my records on
Till all the geezers in the flats complain
I wish that rock star bloke was gone

Instrument!

Let’s have some fun tonight

Sold all my records and I bought a bike
I found some blokes who do what I like
I saw the vicar who ran the hall
He said we can rehearse there any time at all
Well come on come on come on
Let’s have some fun tonight

We’re really rocking now I’ve got a bird
She says we are the best band she’s ever heard
I’ve got a bike and I’m having a time
But my mum keeps saying rock n roll’s a crime
Well come on come on come on
Let’s have some fun tonight
All right
All night
Well come on come on come on
Let’s have some fun tonight

COMPOSERS

ComposerRole
William Smith Music & Words

BACKGROUND

Dan Barson was the singer of Bazooka Joe, a north London rock and roll band that started in 1970. His brother Mike used to see them play in the mid-1970s. After seeing the Sex Pistols, the band changed and is now better known as Stuart Goddard’s first band, Adam Ant. Goddard became Adam Ant, a charming example of life imitating art. The lyrics in “Rockin’ in Ab” go, “I’ll have a cup of tea, and then I’ll change my name”—and it’s a lyric that isn’t lost on Suggs, either.

“Rockin’ in Ab” is a unique-sounding track with a London English accent and dub-like reverb on the snare drum. The guitar style holds the sound together, and the saxophone plays a complimentary riff in the “Beatnik Flyer” section. The tambourine in the last verse is a typical Clive Langer touch.

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