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Autograph - Turn up the Radio


Autograph - Turn up the Radio - About the song


This was the only hit for Autograph, which was a Rock band from Los Angeles. The band members were music veterans, but had been together only a few months when they got a huge gig opening for Van Halen on their 1984 tour. David Lee Roth would jog with Autograph drummer Keni Richards, and invited them on the tour after hearing their demo tape. "Turn Up The Radio," with it's anthemic chorus and quotable lyric "Things go better with rock," was their only hit; the band released two more albums and broke up in 1989.

MTV was 3 years old when this song was released, and it was attracting a huge audience. In one of the earliest examples of product placement in a music video, Paper Mate funded the video in exchange for the band using their pen in the clip, which shows the band "Signing in" at the beginning. It was a great bit of marketing, as the video went into regular rotation on MTV, and Paper Mate got to demonstrate the benefits of their amazing erasable pen. Yes, hair metal and erasable pens - we were definitely in the '80s.


Turn up the Radio - Lyrics


I'm working hard you're working too

We do it everyday

For every minute I have to work

I need a minute to play

Day in day out all week long

Things go better with Rock

The only time I turn it down

Is when I'm sleeping it off


Turn up the radio

I need the music, give me some more

Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more


Now listen

I wanna shake I wanna dance

Count it out to one, two, three

I feel the beat I'm in a trans

No better place to be

Day time night time anytime

Things go better with Rock

I'm going 24 hours a day

I can't seem to stop


Turn up the radio

I need the music, give me some more

Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more


Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more


Turn up the radio

I need the music, give me some more

Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more


Turn up the radio

I need the music, give me some more

Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more


Turn up the radio

I need the music, give me some more

Turn up the radio

I wanna feel it, got to give me some more



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