You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) – 1974

Recorded as a joke, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, released in 1974, became Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s biggest hit.

guess who it started with?

BTO’s have their genesis in Canadian band Guess Who. When Guess Who split, Randy Bachman and Chad Allan found themselves a drummer (Robbie Bachman) and formed the band, Brave Belt.

When they band began to tour Neil Young suggested they give C.F. “Fred” Turner a call and get him to play bass. And that’s how it was from 1971 – 1973.

a new name

The band’s manager suggested they needed a new name and, because Randy and Fred were pretty well known in the Canadian music scene, thought maybe it would be good to cash in by using their surnames somehow. One of the band members came across a trucker’s magazine called Overdrive. Fred suggested, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, or BTO for short.

two things i remember

Casting my mind back all those years (almost 40 of them now) I remember two things about BTO. The first is my brother bringing Not Fragile home. It was great. We both played it – loud. The second is the song Roll on Down the Highway. In the middle of the song the music stops and the band sings acapella with a strange thumping sound in the background.

Turns out the thumping is caused by Randy turning his guitar amp up loud and thumping the back of the guitar on his leg. (I tried it – couldn’t get it to work!).

heaps of hits

BTO went onto produce five Top 40 albums and six Top 40 singles in the 70s. That all adds up to nearly 30 million album sales worldwide.

and, they’re back!

The band took a break in 2005 but in 2010, Randy and Fred reunited for a tour and new album.

you ain’t seen nothin’ yet fax

  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet was written by Randy Bachman for Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s fourth Album, Not Fragile.
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet was released as a single in 1974. The B-side was an instrumental track Free Wheelin’.
  • Hitting #1 on both the US and Canadian singles charts, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet won the Juno Award for best-selling single of 1974. It peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart.
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet has been plagued with the claim that it was ripped off from two Who songs: the chorus riff is very similar to The Who’s song Baba O’Riley, and the stuttering chorus vocal is reminiscent of My Generation. Randy says the stuttering was included as a joke for his brother, Gary, who had a stutter. It was intended that the stutter version would be sent to Gary and one without the stutter be released on the album. (BTW – thanks to speech therapy, Gary Bachman has since overcome his stutter).
  • The song that knocked You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet from the #1 spot on the US charts was John Lennon’s fabulous, Whatever Gets You Through the Night.
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet lyrics.

you ain’t seen nothin’ yet – bachman-turner overdrive – 1974

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5 Responses to You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) – 1974

  1. finnattic says:

    And if you want to relive those days BTO, Pat Benatar and America are playing Matakana 17th February. Think if they are playing Matakana it will unfortunately be a daytime show:(

  2. Greg.K. says:

    I was going to do an America song this week but the track I heard was that AWFUL Horse With No Name!
    Don’t hear BTO often these days but when I do, it’s great!

  3. Miki says:

    Keep waiting to hear you featrured on Nat Radio playing ‘the best song ever written’! Reckon it would suit you – think you have to write in and tell them ‘your story’ – often people are versatile and deep (just like you) and Jim Mora teases out information from them in the lead up to explaining WHY their song is the best one ever written, etc. It’s a bit of a free advertising for anything you wish to advertise. BTW, Nat Radio does play some great music occasionally and do you ever listen on Saturdays to ‘Home Grown’?

    • Greg.K. says:

      Hi – yes, I do listen occassionally. And there is some great stuff and I enjoy the interviews they do.
      I esp’ly like that they play a lot of home grown stuff and interview the artists.

  4. Miki says:

    P.S. Friday arvos always has live music – Greg Johnson currently playing . .

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