Our Rockaway Festival acts have released some of the most iconic tunes in the music scene. Have you ever wondered what some of them meant or how it has influenced the fans? Here are some snippets on some of your favourite tunes.

Scorpions – Still Loving You

This Scorpion classic was released in 1984 as the second single from their ninth studio album, Love at First Sting. The song reached number 64 on Billboard Hot 100. During an interview with Songfacts, Rudolf Schenker explained, “It's a story about a love affair, where they recognized it may be over, but let's try again.”

Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life

One of the nineties most influential tracks was actually written from the dingy indoor perspective of a man and woman on a crystal meth binge.

Zainal Abidin – Hijau

Zainal Abidin sings the chorus in Kelantanese dialect, and if you’ve been wondering why all these years, here’s what he said in an interview with The Star: “Because we wanted it to be a Malaysian song to portray that we are multiracial and have many dialects. We actually tried different languages and dialects! But when we used the Kelantanese dialect, it gave an ‘aroma’ to the song, it was more soothing and unique.”

Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief

The music video for this epic tune was nominated for the Best Rock Video and Video of the Year awards at the 2007 MTV Australia Awards. While a lot of movies and ads have featured the tune, sports teams love playing it during games too. It is played during kick off at Brighton and Hove Albion home matches.

The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love

In March 2005, Q magazine placed “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” at number 47 in its list of the 101 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It is also placed 493 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born on Blender magazine. It is also ranked at 276 of Pitchfork's 500 Top Tracks of the 2000s and was ranked number one for Classic Rock Magazine's list of The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties.

OAG – 60s TV

In 1996, “60s TV” received nomination for the Best Video Clip category at the Anugerah Industri Muzik.  The track didn’t just become the biggest English hit in our local scene, it opened doors for more appreciation towards locally produced. English music.