Def Leppard’s “Let’s Get Rocked” was unleashed to radio stations 27 years ago.
The song was the first single off of the band’s 1992 Adrenalize album.
In addition, “Let’s Get Rocked” is included in all of the band’s greatest hits compilations — from Vault to Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection to The Story So Far — and deservedly so.
Read an in-depth comparison of Def Leppard’s greatest hits releases here.
Do You Wanna Get Rocked?
From the very moment Joe Elliott asks listeners “Do you wanna get rocked,” you know you’re in store for 4 minutes and 56 seconds of high-energy rock ‘n’ roll fun, featuring the band’s trademark big guitars and power chords, massive hooks, and shout-out-loud chorus.
There’s no doubt “Let’s Get Rocked” — and its carefree, lighthearted take on life — was also cathartic for Def Leppard (and fans) back in 1992, still grieving and having to cope with the tragic death of beloved guitarist Steve Clark.
Not My Style, Man!
As you may or may not know, Bart Simpson from The Simpsons TV series inspired the lyrics to “Let’s Get Rocked” — the song’s opening verse immediately sets that tone with the lyric “I’m your average, ordinary everyday kid. Happy to do nothin’…” (Decades later, Homer Simpson joined forces with Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin to perform their own, um, special Def Leppard tribute. Watch it here.)
The Def Leppard Let’s Get Rocked music video introduced audiences to its very own animated character named Flynn, further playing up the song’s fun, intentionally juvenile premise.
The band even included the Flynn character on their backstage passes during their Adrenalize tour:
Def Leppard: Let’s Get Rocked Revisited
Over the years, Joe Elliott has spoken out about how the song’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics and sense of humor went over the head of many dismissive music critics who never gave the song a chance…or the credit it deserved.
Here are Joe’s comments about “Let’s Get Rocked” from an interview with Kaos 2000:
“I have a line in the song, ‘I suppose rock’s out of the question.’ They [music critics] missed the point that it’s supposed to be funny. I’ve said in the past, of that song, actually listen to that song. Strip all of your negative things away and listen to it and tell me that Prince couldn’t have done that. I would say, ‘You’re lying’ to anyone who says he couldn’t have. It wasn’t a rip-off of Prince, but I don’t see it a million miles from ‘When Doves Cry’ or ‘Little Red Corvette.’
“It’s a basic, structured-down me singing over drums and bass. It’s just that our drums and bass were a million times bigger than Prince’s. It was way more bombastic. I think that is the shield that most journalists can’t get through. They just see this over-produced, big, massive sound. In fact, that was exactly what we were trying to achieve.”
Fans Still Wanna Get Rocked
To this day, it’s practically a given that “Let’s Get Rocked” will be part of a Def Leppard concert setlist, as it remains a big crowd favorite.
By the way, did you ever notice the band usually replaces the song’s lyric “Walk the dog!” with “Shag the dog!” when they perform it live? Here’s just one of many instances:
Def Leppard: Let’s Get Rocked Song Ranking
DefLeppardReport.com ranks “Let’s Get Rocked” the #1 track off the Adrenalize album. And nearly three decades after its release, it continues to be one of the band’s most popular songs.
Still wanna get rocked? Many fans most certainly do…