Rubber Bullets: 10cc

Australian singles charts:
Rubber Bullets entered the Kent charts on 9 July 1973 and peaked at #3. The song was #27 on the Top 100 of 1973.

The song is on Rubber Bullets which entered the Kent album charts on 19 November 1973 and peaked at #43.

Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman


Record label of Australian release:

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.”
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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.
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