The Rockets share a story that is unfortunately common with many rock bands. They were a band that was loaded with talent but just never got that one big break.
Made up primarily of former members from Mitch Ryder’s Detroit Wheels and Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, The Rockets’ first independent album, “Love Transfusion” was noticed by the major labels and they signed a record deal shortly after its release. Their self titled major label debut was a hard rocking record that received little promotion from the record company. Still, it sold exceptionally regionally around the Detroit area and was played regularly on the local radio stations but only had moderate success nationally. It was the same story for their second album, “No Ballads”, although it fared slightly behind their debut in sales. For their Third album, “Back Talk”, The Rockets employed Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas to sit in the control Room. The album should have been a huge success for them. However After again receiving no promotion, its sales were minimal outside of the Detroit area. They would release one more studio album after “Back Talk” and also an incredible live album recorded at the Royal Oak Theater, near Detroit, before throwing in the towel.
All of The Rockets’ records had a gritty and aggressive yet soulful sound that made them stand out and really embodied what Detroit is all about.
I picked this album up while I was In the Army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I had no idea at the time that The Rockets had even come out with a new album. I immediately bought it. When I played it for the first time in the barracks, I was surprised when a couple of buddies who weren’t from Detroit, asked me if that was “The Rockets” and commented that they thought the were great, One of the guys had first heard them when he was stationed in Germany. He said they were pretty popular over there. That made me feel proud for my favorite ho.etown band.
I listened to The Rockets a lot when I was in the Army. Whenever I felt homesick, they reminded me of Detroit.