The song was written about violence in the world, and the suffering within the United States at its own hands. Recorded in Detroit at Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A., it may as well have been about the city itself.
Most Detroit line: “I got something mean stickin’ in my pocket / Until you tried it you, better not knock it / Doin’ the Detroit breakdown, oh the Motor City shakedown”
We all know it starts with a pocket rocket, and soon enough you’ve got a civil infraction on your hands. Detroit LOVES it some J. Geils Band. Or at least the Detroit suburbs do. At any rate, the band decided to honor its loyal fans with a jam in their honor.
Most Detroit line: “We walk the streets at night, the city looks in fear / Do what the fuck we want, wanna make it clear / There’s no turning back, there’s no guarantees / Friends of rock n’ roll, that’s who we wanna be”