The Arrows are one of those bands that slipped between the cracks of time but they left some mighty songs. Mainman Alan Merril penned the classic ‘I Love Rock n Roll’ as a riposte the Rolling Stone “It’s Only Rock n Roll’  and  was originally a b side but flipped to the a side and was one of their clutch of hits.

For that hazy period between glam and punk they were one of those bands that were the bridge between the two – like a proto Ramones or a post glam moment.



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  1. Far from slipping thru the cracks of time, Arrows were pretty well know in their day. They had 2 seasons of their own show on Granada TV and screened throughout the UK. Marc Bolan’s own sjow succeeded them in the time slot and the Bay City Rollers preceded them
    The Arrows show ran right through 1976 and their faces were on every young girl’s wall for two or three years even before that. Alan Merrill was and is a phenomenal musical talent who has never got the attention he really deserves. Personally I feel Merrill could have been as big a star as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf etc but he has always resisted being controlled and preferred to do his own thing. That said, he should have got more attention as a songwriter, but Joan Jett has always stayed rather quiet on the origins of the song and preferred people assume it was her own original composition and not the cover version that it is. Alan Merrill has hundreds of songs, many as strong or better than I Love Rock n Roll and I strongly recommend people check out his music on CD Baby and see him live.

  2. Red hot show last night in Manchester. The Arrows’ hits speak for themselves but the perhaps less well known Vodka Collins and solo tracks more than held their own, benefitting from the extra punch and crunch of a loud Les Paul. Major Alan Merrill interview coming soon in Vive Le Rock.


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