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You’re Gonna Get Rocked! (1988)

In October 1988, the time had come to drop the launch single for La Toya’s fifth studio album. The Full Force-produced track “You’re Gonna Get Rocked!” was selected to lead off the album promo, with a music video shot by Greg Gold in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. In a matching rhinestone-laden leather jacket and bustier combo, La Toya climbs down from the back of a Harley Davidson – make-up flawless and hair perfect – before throwing down in a dance-off with a group of street toughs while her Hell’s Angels pals look on. The innovative biker chic look caught on, even emulated by Diana Ross for her 1989 LP “Workin’ Overtime.”

The video helped La Toya gain more headlines than record sales, but the single did become a minor hit. It peaked at #66 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart and only just missed out on a Hot 100 placing. It also performed moderately well on an international level, hitting #90 in the UK, and a respectable #42 in both the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Lyrics:

Alright, for those of you who didn’t believe, roll up your sleeves
And if you’re hangin’ – cool – and if you’re not – leave!
’Cause La Toya is throwin’ down with her new sound – in full effect!
So gimme some respect – or we’ll put you in check!
Kick it off boys, it’s time to get correct – bet!

Think I better put you in check, you’re showin’ me much disrespect
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked!

This time you have gone too far, gonna sock you when you’re hot and leave a scar
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked!

You ask me if I know what to do, well, homeboy, who in the hell are you talkin’ to?
Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you gonna get rocked!

I’m gonna hit you in the chest with the best
Feel the drums, gonna know where I’m comin’ from

Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked by me!
Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked, yeah! Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you gonna get rocked!
Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, no prisoners

I like it… get it up… you gonna get rocked!

Check the move, check the time, go for yours as I’m goin’ for minds
Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked!

Throw your hands in the air, let’s break through
Keep movin’ and groovin’ as I rock ‘n’ rule
I ain’t gonna stop ‘til I hit the top, c’mon Full Force, let the beat drop

Slow down to throw down, just mow down
Whoever stands in my way, that’s low down
A showdown when you’re round, that’s how we’ll go round
Get your hands out of my face or we’ll throw down
This is my house and the party I’m givin’, tell me – how the hell are you livin’?
You can’t take or shake the sounds I make, you’re gonna get dissed unless you break

Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you’re gonna get rocked, yeah! Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, you gonna get rocked!
Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, uh, uh, I like it, woh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I ain’t takin’ no prisoners
Woh-oh, woh-oh, woh-oh

(FULL FORCE) Imagem Music. Produced & arranged by FULL FORCE. Engineered by Tony Maserati, Andre Debourg & Mark Roule. Remixed by FULL FORCE & Tony Maserati. Assistant engineers: David Dill & Scott Gootman. Music performed by FULL FORCE. Background vocals: FULL FORCE & LA TOYA JACKSON. Recorded at Sigma Sound, NY & Bayside Recordings.