Many people believe "Hotel California" is about a mental institution called the Camarillo, but the Eagles say it's about materialism and excess.
It became the Pretenders first single 15 years later, leading to a relationship between Ray Davies and Chrissie Hynde. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is degrees from potential interpretation by an audience. Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company. Toggle navigation Welcome Guest. Rubber Bullets by 10cc. Like the Elvis Presley hit " Jailhouse Rock ," this song is about a party that breaks out at the county jail.
Elvis' song ends with everyone having a good time, but in 10cc's song, the party is kiboshed by riot police who use rubber bullets to quell the uprising, a more likely outcome. Band member Eric Stewart recalled: "I was amazed, but pleased that the BBC never banned the track, although they limited its airplay, because they thought it was about the ongoing Northern Ireland conflicts.
We all loved the chorus and realized it was a hit in itself, so we wanted to persist with it. I chipped in the line 'we've all got balls and brains, but some's got balls and chains. Lol Creme is lead singer on this track; he wrote the song along with Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman. Godley recalled to Uncut : "Lol may have been working with a strange tuning. I'm not sure, but undoubtedly he was playing this smelly old Spanish guitar, and I'd sat down with a notebook opposite him.
I think we started writing it in my parents' house, and it just came out. It was one of those lucky songs that didn't take a fortnight to write. We knew what the feeling of this thing was, which is kind of weird because the lyric is essentially about a fictitious black and white movie from the era of James Cagney. We were big movie buffs in those days, me and Lol, so it was one of those kind of films It was caricaturing those movies. But the chorus talks about rubber bullets, which weren't invented until the s by the British government to quell the troubles in Northern Ireland.
So it didn't make any sense at all. But it just worked. Some radio stations refused to play this because of the controversy over the British army using rubber bullets in its efforts to bring peace to troubled Northern Ireland. The band's protests that the song actually dealt with a riot in an American prison fell on deaf ears.
King was convicted of sexual offenses against minors. Album version runs with an extra chorus and some lyrics edited out from the single version, including the lines: We all got balls and brains But some's got balls and chains. This was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, which was part-owned by Stewart, the band's guitarist and engineer. This was used as the theme song to the pilot episode of the American animated TV series Superjail , which aired in May Real Love Mary J.
Blige hit "Real Love. Hotel California Eagles Many people believe "Hotel California" is about a mental institution called the Camarillo, but the Eagles say it's about materialism and excess. Producer Ron Nevison Song Writing Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.
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