Kids Wanna Rock
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: June-August 1984 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Reckless (A&M Records, 1984)
Live Live Live (A&M Records, 1988)
So Far So Good (A&M Records, 1993)
Reckless - 30th Anniversary Edition (November 2014)
Charts: #42- Billboard Top Rock Tracks Chart / 1984 (6 weeks on the chart)
Bryan Adams: rhythm guitar, vocals
Keith Scott: lead guitar
Dave Taylor: bass
Tommy Mandel: keyboards
Pat Steward: drums
Backing vocals: Bryan Adams, Keith Scott, Pat Steward, Jody Perpick, Bob Clearmountain
Produced by Bob Clearmountain and Bryan Adams. Associate producer, Jim Vallance. Recorded by Bob Clearmountain, September 1984, at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, September 1984, at the Power Station, New York.
Cover Versions: Also recorded by Simon McBride, The Robotix, Little Angels, Samurai Shot, Sodom
The idea for "Kids Wanna Rock" began one summer evening in 1984 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Me, Bryan and my wife Rachel had gone to see a performance by a predominantly synth-based recording artist. Discussing it later, one of us remarked how, really, the kids just "wanna rock".

The phrase stuck, and we wrote most of "Kids Wanna Rock" the next day.

Just as Paul McCartney used "Scrambled Eggs" as a temporary title for "Yesterday", Bryan and I had a temporary lyric before we settled on "Kids Wanna Rock".  Instead of "Around the world or around the block, everywhere I go the kids wanna rock" we had "What's Sir Lew Grade got against me, I can't get my songs on the BBC" ... an accurate refection of Bryan's inability at the time to get airplay on UK radio. The only problem is, we'd got our people mixed up.  Lew Grade was an independent television producer who had nothing whatsoever to do with BBC radio programming.  Sorry Lew!

Ironically, a few years later Bryan's "Everything You Do" became the most played song in the history of British radio.
Lyrics: Turned on the radio
Sounded like a disco
Musta turned the dial for a couple of miles
But I couldn't find no rock 'n roll
This computerized crap ain't gettin' me off
Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock

London to L.A.
Talkin' 'bout the new wave
For a couple of bucks you get a weird haircut
And waste your life away
Around the world or around the block
Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock

Get me my D.J.
I got somethin' he's gotta play
Wanna hear it I can't wait
So turn it up, turn it up...

Kick down the barricades
Listen what the kids say
From time to time people change their mind
But the music is here to stay
I've seen it all from the bottom to the top
Everywhere I go kids wanna rock

Around the world or around the block
Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock

Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock