I'm not very sure what got the young me to watch Naruto. Probably the Cartoon Network commercials for this hugely popular anime on ninjas looked too inviting to miss. And so I gave it a go. An episode here, an episode there, end of season one. I didn't really understand the whole plot - a fault on my part for skipping most of the show - and I began to realise many episodes there after just consisted of characters staring at each other, having flashbacks, etc. Lot's and lot's of filler. One whole fight that could have taken five minutes to complete gets stretched over an episode or two or more. Needless to say, I stopped watching it. Well, the real thing that is. I switched to watching the hilarious abridged version on YouTube a while later, which was easier to comprehend... you know, despite it being hardly accurate.
The lyrics to "ROCKS" were done by Yukio Matsuo (松尾由紀夫), who had also co-written "ff(フォルティシモ)", the band's hit from 1985. From the translation I've read on Anime Lyrics dot Com, I gather that the song's about chasing one's dreams or trying to reach a certain goal, and having to deal with obstacles along the way, or you know, something inspirational like that. But what I don't get is the "ROCKS" part, which only comes in at the end of the song where Otomo shouts, "I wanna ROCKS! Mune ni ROCKS!" It kinda sounds as if Matsuo forgot about that bit, took note of it at the last minute, and hastily decided to add it in.
I remember doing a little research on "ROCKS" and its singer all those years ago, and I recall recoiling in horror at Otomo's age (he was in his early 50s at that point in time). My brother even bothered me for liking a song from a middle-aged man! Well, considering the age of singers I've been discovering and coming to like... a lot (currently), Otomo is a young man in comparison.