Ten Favorite Rock City Names Songs: Cleveland Rocks (#2)
By Four Walls
December 23, 2016 7:52pm CST
It's time to take another trip to another American city via a song with the city's name in the title. I'm getting close to the end of this, then I'll give you my ten favorite country city names songs (along with ten favorite rock state names). Hop in the car, we're on our way! #2: Cleveland Rocks - Ian Hunter Yeah, @JohnRoberts had this one pegged. But it's so obvious. How can you ignore this song? This started life as "England Rocks," then Ian Hunter changed it to "Cleveland Rocks." The city needed the positive image at the time, as it was frequently referred to as "the mistake by the lake," and the only song "praising" it was Randy Newman's "Burn On" (about the Cuyahoga River's pollution problems) (BTW, the Newman song was the opening song in Major League). But this song gave it a positive spin, and is allegedly one of the reasons the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided to locate in Cleveland. With great songs like this (covered by the Presidents of the United States as the theme song to The Drew Carey Show), a world champion NBA team, and a winning baseball team (the Cleveland Indians, who played the Cubs in a World Series for the ages in 2016), about the only bad things in Cleveland now are their hapless football team and the aforementioned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But this song can even make the Browns sound good. Cleveland Rocks Written by Ian Hunter Recorded by Ian Hunter From You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic, 1979 Three, four!
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