Adonis ‎– We're Rocking Down The House

Trax Records ‎– TX120
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A We're Rocking Down The House 8:13
B1 W.R.D.T. House (Down Break) 2:28
B2 W.R.D.T. House (Instrumental) 3:02

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  • Mastered By´BP´*
  • Producer, Mixed By, Written-ByAdonis


From The Album Lost In The Sound
Sanlar Publ./Nowadays Music BMI
P 1986 Trax Records

Distributed by Precision Records 932 W 38 Place Chicago Il. 60609

Durations on label:
Side A: 6:30
Side B1: 6:30
Side B2: 3:00

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Both sides labels): TX120
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etchings): TX-120-A ´BP´
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etchings): TX-120-B ② ´BP´


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April 14, 2020
One if the best tracks ever made back in 1986 .

Minimal due ti what they had to use but what a kick arse track this is.

Works everytime on my gigs even the older generation of us still love this track and say it's the best track they heard back then when it was fresh .

And I agree top tune works the crowd all the time.
Yo might say I haven't a clue what I'm on about and most of you are probably right but i dont give to fingers

Love it love it love it

Even own the original copy


December 28, 2018
Man, I would trade one of my kidneys for a mere one hour travel back in time to the Music Box in Chi-town and experience this in 1986. I was 13 back then, 5000 miles away listening to friggin Euro pop trash. Ugh.


May 17, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

No one's forcing anyone to like anything here. Not your cup of tea, no biggie. But as others have said, it cemented its place in history because of its novelty at the time. I'm sure people were losing their shit at the Box to this, and who knows what kind of effects or edits local DJs like Ron Hardy threw on it. But its staying power is the combo of that dark acid line, and those relentless hand claps and bassdrum thuds...and of course the vocals, drone-y almost whiney vocals that could possibly annoy you, but somehow, as with all these early experimental tracks, it all works.


February 4, 2016
I just came across this. I cannot believe Too Far Gone/No Way Back gets so much attention that I've never even heard of this! What a bloody heater.


September 8, 2012
Jazzlicious your coment '' Adonis is not a God '' what the ...... !!!? He made this and No way back, which is quite possibly the greatest house track of all time. Thats makes him pretty god like to me and many others.


August 13, 2007
edited over 13 years ago
Sampled by a large amount of dance music productions these last two decades (such as 'MI 7 - Rockin' Down The House' from 1991, and Marcus Intalex on "Temperance", 2004),"We're Rocking Down The House" is another symbol of the early House music days.

Adonis recorded "We're Rocking Down The House" at home. Marshall Jefferson was the reason why that one became popular, because he gave the tape to Ron Hardy, and not Adonis himself. Marshall came over his house before he was going to the Music Box (an underground house temple leaded by Ron Hardy, a very influential DJ).

At that time, Marshall Jefferson and Adonis almost never went to the Music Box without anything new made by them for Ronnie to play, so Marshall asked me Adonis if he had anything new he was working on that could be given to Ronnie, and Adonis told Marshall he had just finished this track called "We're Rocking Down The House". Adonis gave this title because that is the effect he wanted the people to feel while dancing to it - something like a desire of giving the audience the feeling of the house moving, the whole club from side to side while they would dance - but also the dream of pushing the term House music to the masses.

Adonis knew the DJ would love to play a record that say 'we are rocking down the house', like meaning they would be playing the best of House music.


September 27, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
I have always wanted to know where/who did the vocal sample (Adonis himself?) - dark and kind of sleezy, melancholy, but perfect in dry ice and a big dark warehouse warping the soundsystem. It makes my skin tingle every time I hear it! A perfect classic of it's time, hypnotic and deep with a minimal 303 bassline to keep you locked on the groove.


March 24, 2004
I'm sorry jazzalicious but your comment is ridiculous and it's unfortunate that it slipped through the Discogs moderator net. What did you expect from a track written in 1986 on the barest of equipment in a completely virgin scene? This is a Chicago acid/jack/house track not Jean Michel Jarre.

'We're Rocking Down The House' will remain a classic for eternity and a benchmark for many producers in the future.

I don't know what happened to the proposed 'Lost In The Sound' LP - perhaps it's still in construction.


March 2, 2004

This surprisingly is not a super kick-ass song, but it is a kick-ass tool for DJs who want the original tune that was sampled so much by the first wave of techno producers. I had heard the samples but not the song, and I was just a little disappointed at the lack of elements in the song. It's pretty darn minimal, but still a great bassline and a definite need for collector/historians like me. This is an OK song, but for all you DJs out there, it's gotta be the ultimate house "tool". Later Detroit house put this one to shame, and Chicago house too, but we had to start somewhere, right? Not entirely bad, just not up to my exacting standards!