Exclusive Premiere: Danko Jones’ Rare Track “Rock N Roll Proletariat”
Today Canadian hard rockers Danko Jones drop the deluxe reissue of their 2010 full-length, Below the Belt. The new edition comes with two bonus tracks, “Guest List Blues” and “Rock N Roll Proletariat,” and the entire acclaimed “Below the Belt” music video trilogy, featuring guest appearances by Lemmy, Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, and others. Below, check out the previously unreleased B-side “Rock N Roll Proletariat,” read what singer-guitarist Danko Jones has to say about the song, and let us know what you think in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s “Rock N Roll Proletariat” about?
DANKO JONES Despite the song containing a five-syllable, $10 word in its title, it’s not about anything too deep. It’s just an assertion of hard rock’s working-class ethic. You learn very fast that real rock and roll isn’t about cocaine, limos, and stadium shows but rather loading in and out of the van during snowstorms and playing urine-smelling waste dens called “rock clubs.” I kinda like that though.
Which part of it did you come up with first? What was the inspiration?
The chorus with the lyrics and the song’s title came right away. Musical inspiration was certainly from AC/DC and the pre-chorus is an obvious tribute to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.” The outro of the song, where I say, “Are you ready?” and then laugh, is also a little homage to Joe Elliot and Def Leppard’s “Rock Of Ages” outro… I use words like “tribute” and “homage” because it can sometimes aid in evading possible lawsuits. Lyrically, the song is just the age old theme of infusing a little punk rock ethos into a bloated pampered established hard-rock tradition.
Was this an easy song to write?
It wasn’t too hard. I don’t remember us hemming and hawing over parts too much, but once I used the word “proletariat” in the song’s title, I knew it was a loaded word and tried to steer the lyrics away from making too much a sociopolitical statement.
Why didn’t it make the album originally?
I don’t know! Every time someone hears this song, they have to ask why it didn’t make the record. We should’ve put this song on the album and, because we didn’t, it’s starting to keep me up at night. I fucking wish we did now. Fuck!