I'm a Rebel


About I'm a Rebel

For the single and unreleased AC/DC song, see I'm a Rebel (song). I'm a Rebel is the second studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, recorded in 1979 and released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It was the first of three consecutive Accept records to utilize Dirk Steffens as producer. The album finds Accept continuing to search for their musical direction, experimenting with a more commercial sound than on their debut. Bassist Peter Baltes once again sings lead vocals on two tracks, the slower-paced songs "No Time to Lose" and "The King". The title track is credited to George Alexander, which is a pseudonym for Alex Young, eldest brother of record producer and musician George Young and AC/DC guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann recalled the circumstances that led Alex Young to work with Accept: "He got involved with Accept through the producer. Everybody after the first record said we have to have a radio hit. 'Guys you need a radio hit and we have just the song for you. Why don't you try this here?'" The song became the basis for the band's first music video. 


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They say I won't make it to the top of the hill
Won't take the fruit off the tree
And ev'rybody says I'm out for the kill

They're all laughing at me
They're all laughing at me

I'm a rebel, rebel 
Don't you just know it
I'm a rebel, rebel
And they're all laughing at me

They say I'm a danger to the public and all
I only wish they would see
I'm just the product of a screwed up world 
But they're all

They're all laughing at me
But they're all laughing at me

I'm a rebel, rebel 
Don't you just know it
I'm a rebel, rebel 
Don't you just know it
I'm a rebel, rebel
But' they're all laughing at me

Never ever was my old blue jeans
And brush the smile off my face
But still I'm a member of the

Human race 
Human race 
Human race 
Human race

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Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s. The band played an important role in the development of speed metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid 1980s. more »

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Written by: George Alexander

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12 facts about this song

Album Release
"I'm a Rebel" is the title track of the second studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1980.
Song Writer
The song was written by George Alexander, a pseudonym for Alex Young, the eldest brother of famous musicians Angus and Malcolm Young of the band AC/DC.
Intended for AC/DC
Alex Young originally intended the song for AC/DC; however, the band didn't record it, and Accept did instead.
"I'm a Rebel" falls under the heavy metal genre, a style Accept is widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of.
Single Release
The song was also released as a single in 1980 and again in 2002 on a compilation album.
Album Art
The artwork for the "I'm a Rebel" album breaks from the somber tone of Accept's debut album, "Accept," featuring a brightly colored collage of images related to rebellion and resistance.
The lyrics to "I'm a Rebel" encapsulate the rebellious and defiant spirit characteristic of heavy metal music in the early 1980s.
Live Performances
Despite being one of their early hits, "I'm a Rebel" was rarely played live in later years due to the band's lineup changes and musical evolution.
Lack of Official Music Video
Although the song is famous and iconic within the heavy metal world, "I'm a Rebel" does not have an official music video.
The album "I'm a Rebel," featuring the title track, went Gold in Germany in 1980.
Band Members
At the time of recording "I'm a Rebel," Accept’s line-up included lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Jörg Fischer, bassist Peter Baltes, and drummer Stefan Kaufmann.
Accept's Evolution
The song represents a significant step in Accept’s evolution from a traditional hard rock band to one of the forerunners of the speed and thrash metal subgenres.

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