|Single by Ultravox!|
|from the album Ha!-Ha!-Ha!|
|B-side||"Hiroshima Mon Amour" (alternate version)|
|Released||7 October 1977|
|Ultravox! singles chronology|
"ROckWrok" is a single by the post-punk band Ultravox!, released on 7 October 1977 by Island Records. It was the last British non-free single (the next, "Quirks", came free along initial copies of the album) released from the Ha! Ha! Ha! album and featuring Stevie Shears as guitarist. The next non-free single was Frozen Ones, released only in Germany shortly afterwards.
"ROckWrok" features a punk sound derived from Warren Cann's drums and Stevie Shears' guitar alongside John Foxx's hard vocals. It was regularly performed live until Ultravox's U.S. and Canadian tour in 1979, when John Foxx decided to go solo. The song was performed live by Massive Attack on their 2019 tour.
The B-side is an early version or demo, or alternate version of "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (named after the famous French movie), written by John Foxx and Billy Currie. It has a punkier sound than the album version of the song. A third version of the song was performed live on the Old Grey Whistle Test the next year, with Robin Simon replacing Shears as guitarist; it was quieter than the "ROckWrok" single version but maintained the rock style, also differing from the synthpop oriented version on Ha!-Ha!-Ha!.
This single, like all the Ha!-Ha!-Ha!-era releases, didn't perform well in the charts.
- "ROckWrok" – 3:33
- "Hiroshima Mon Amour" – 4:54
- John Foxx: vocals
- Chris Cross: bass, vocals
- Stevie Shears: guitar
- Warren Cann: drums, vocals
- Billy Currie: keyboards, synthesizer, violin
- metamatic.com - Discography: Singles - ROckwrok Archived 10 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- ULTRAVOX ROCKWROK singles
- ULTRAVOX - THE STORY Pt 4, WARREN CANN INTERVIEWED BY JONAS WÅRSTAD: Feb 1979 - First US tour starts
- ULTRAVOX - THE STORY Pt 2, WARREN CANN INTERVIEWED BY JONAS WÅRSTAD: 14 Oct 1977 - Third single 'ROckwrok/Hiroshima mon amour (early version)'