Rubber Bullets peaked at no 3 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 17 November 1973.
Eric Stewart recalled:
I was amazed but pleased that the BBC never banned the track, although they limited its airplay because they thought it was about the ongoing Northern Ireland conflicts. In fact, it was about an Attica State Prison riot like the ones in the old James Cagney films.
Like the Elvis Presley hit “Jailhouse Rock,” this song is about a party that breaks out at the county jail. Elvis’ song ends with everyone having a good time, but in 10cc’s song, the party is kiboshed by riot police who use rubber bullets to quell the uprising, a more likely outcome.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
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