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Saxon - "The Rocker" (Thin Lizzy cover)

I am your main man
If you're looking for trouble
I'll take no lip
No-one's tougher than me

I kicked your face
You'd soon be seeing double
Hey little girl, keep your hands off of me
I'm a rocker

I'm a rocker
I'm a roller too, baby
I'm a rocker

Down at the juke joint me and the boys were stomping
Blipping and bopping and telling a dirty joke or two
In walked this chick
And I knew she was up for something
And I kissed her right there out of the blue
I said "Hey baby, meet me, I'm a tough guy
Got my cycle outside, you wanna try?"
She just looked at me and rolled them big eyes and said
I'd do anything for you, cause you're a rocker

That's right
I'm a rocker
I'm a roller too, honey
I'm a rocker

I love to rock and roll
I get my records at the Rock On stall
Rock and roll
Teddy boy, you got them all

I love to rock and roll
I get my records at the Rock On stall
Sweet rock and roll
Teddy boy, you got them all

I'm a rocker

Κυκλοφορεί ήδη ο καινούριος δίσκος των Saxon. Καινούριος, αλλά χωρίς νέα τραγούδια. Οι Βρετανοί metallers "έβγαλαν" album με διασκευές σε τραγούδια που τους ενέπνευσαν και τους επηρέασαν. Ανάμεσά τους και το τραγούδι των Thin Lizzy "The Rocker" από τον δίσκο της μπάντας του Phil Lynott "Vagabonds of the Western World" που κυκλοφόρησε το μακρινό 1973.

Το συγκεκριμένο τραγούδι το διασκεύασαν (μεταξύ άλλων) και οι Raven (στον δίσκο τους "Glow" που κυκλοφόρησε το 1994), ενώ το ακούμε στο παιχνίδι (για PlayStation 3) "Gran Turismo 5: Prologue" και στο soundtrack της ταινίας "Rush" που "βγήκε" στις κινηματογραφικές αίθουσες το 2013 (είναι βιογραφική κι αφορά τις ζωές δύο οδηγών της Formula One, του James Hunt και του Niki Lauda).

Δελτίο τύπου: «'𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐑𝐎𝐂𝐊𝐄𝐑' is taken from 𝕊𝔸𝕏𝕆ℕ's 𝕀ℕ𝕊ℙ𝕀ℝ𝔸𝕋𝕀𝕆ℕ𝕊 album, which is 𝕆𝕌𝕋 ℕ𝕆𝕎 via Silver Lining Music.

British Heavy Metal legends Saxon have delivered a full-roar-fun-down set of covers with their latest album Inspirations, which drops an 11 track release featuring some of the superb classic rock songs that influenced Biff Byford & the band.

Inspirations was recorded at Brockfield Hall near York in the UK, which was built in 1804 and holds the largest collection of paintings by Yorkshire’s impressionist artists - the Staithes Group. For Byford, recording Inspirations all together within such a rich historical environment was a major ingredient of the project.

The warmth and feel of Inspirations had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place and doing it ‘old-school’ style,” Byford explains.

This is how many bands back in the day -including some of the ones covered here- made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.

The results speak for themselves. From the super-charged melodic romp of The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ to their freeway mad take on Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Stone Free’, Saxon show their love and appreciation with a series of faithful, raw and ready tributes.

Maintaining a firm eye on the old school way using Marshall cabs, Marshall amps, real drums and produced by Biff Byford with Jacky Lehmann recording and mixing, Saxon approach the likes of Motörhead’s ‘Bomber’ (with added whistle!), AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ and a raucous Deep Purple’s ‘Speed King’ with refreshingly warm, unfiltered, “vintage” sounding renditions.

We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do,” continues Byford, “and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.

Byford does, indeed, take on some new vocal challenges, which he duly smashes on the likes of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’. The net result is that whether cranking up a heavyweight take on Led Zeppelin's ‘Immigrant Song’ or throwing down AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Saxon does a supreme job of entertaining both themselves and their audience throughout Inspirations.

"We didn't want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon,” concludes Byford, “and we also think it’s very important to have -and share with the fans- some fun in these dark times."

You want even more proof of the validity behind that statement? Wrap your ears around their sparkling take on Toto’s ‘Hold The Line’ and consider Saxon’s Inspirations a mission accomplished. Saxon’s Inspirations is available on Vinyl, CD, digital formats and limited edition D2C products.»

Band: Saxon
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
Formed in: 1978
Genre: NWOBHM, Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: History, Mythology, Motorcycles, Rock / Metal
Years active: 1970-1976 (as Blue Condition), 1976-1977 (as SOB), 1977-1978 (as Son of a Bitch), 1978-present

Ο δίσκος των Saxon "Inspirations"
Video: "The Rocker"
Album: "Inspirations"
Type: Full length
Release date: March 19th 2021
Label: Silver Lining Music
Format: CD, LP

Track listing:
01. Paint It Black
02. Immigrant Song
03. Paperback Writer
04. Evil Woman
05. Stone Free
06. Bomber
07. Speed King
08. The Rocker
09. Hold The Line
10. Problem Child
11. See My Friends

Band members:
Biff Byford - Vocals
Paul Quinn - Guitars
Doug Scarratt - Guitars
Nigel Glockler - Drums
Nibbs Carter - Bass

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