"That was a knee-jerk response to the Rolling Stones' 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll.' I remember watching it on Top of the Pops. I'd met Mick Jagger socially a few times, and I knew he was hanging around with Prince Rupert Lowenstein and people like that – jet setters. I almost felt like 'It's Only Rock and Roll' was an apology to those jet-set princes and princesses that he was hanging around with - the aristocracy, you know. That was my interpretation as a young man: Okay, I love rock and roll. And then, where do you go with that? [...] The song was basically about two kids meeting at a disco and fancying each other. A fictional hit coming out of a jukebox with the kids singing it as their favorite song. In my arrogance, I believed it would be successful for The Arrows, and its reference to a jukebox was my own private joke. " - Alan Merrill (songwriter)
"I think most people who love some kind of rock 'n' roll can relate to it. Everyone knows a song that just makes them feel amazing and want to jump up and down. I quickly realized, this song is gonna follow you, so you're either gonna let it bother you, or you gotta make peace with it, and feel blessed that you were involved with something that touched so many people." - Joan Jett
''I told Joan Jett she was an honorary Arrow because she looked like one of us. I always fancied her, and we developed a loose friendship. Since then she has played a large part in my life and I in hers, whether she admits it or not.'' - Alan Merrill (songwriter)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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