May 5, 2023
Ian Hunter Animates “Defiance,” Featuring Slash, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo
Watch the new music video for “Defiance” featuring Slash and Rob Trujilo here
“I like the word defiance,” says Ian Hunter in a YouTube video, barely decoding the meaning of his single “Defiance.”
“It’s a great word,” he continues. “Is an 83-year-old supposed to be playing rock and roll and wearing a leather jacket? Who knows? I make records. That’s what I do.”
The title track of Hunter’s 13th album, Defiance Part I could be construed as an “F”-you to all the authoritative figures of his past and some perceived “mistakes” with a recounting I got an F for givin’ em too much lip / I got an F for being tragically hip / I got an F for squanderin’ all them golden years / But why would I wanna be engineered?
“My experience of school was authoritarian,” Hunter tells American Songwriter. “You were supposed to be good at everything, which makes you average. I passed my 11+ [standardized school test in the U.K.], and I was placed in a grammar school. Had I gone to an art-inclined school, it would have been a lot better.”