Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent – 1977

February 12, 2015

Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever 1977Here’s one for my mate Wozza – he was into Ted Nugent when the rest of us were asking, “Who?”  Back in 1977, Wozza purchased a copy of Cat Scratch Fever and dazzled us with its brilliance…

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  • Way back in 1948, Mr and Mrs Nugent had a little boy.  They named him Theodore Anthony Nugent – we came to know him as Ted.
  • Ted’s first flirtation with fame came playing lead guitar with The Amboy Dukes, although he’d been performing as a guitarist since 1958 – that’s right folks, he was only ten years old.  Over time the band became known as, Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes.
  • By the mid-70s, The Amboy Dukes had dissolved and Ted went solo.  He had a number of songs in the US Top 100, but only once made it into the Top 40.  His second highest ranking single was Yank Me, Crank Me which peaked at #58 in 1978.  Three studio albums made it inside the Top 20 on the album charts, as did his double live album, Double Live Gonzo!
  • TEd nugent 3During his heyday, Ted was known for spending long periods so time on the road, sometimes playing up to 300 concerts a year.  Ted is still touring today and, in a 2008 show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan, played his 6,000th concert.
  • Throughout much of his life Ted has been known for his strong conservative political views – he is a supporter of the Republican Party and an advocate for hunting and gun ownership; he is on the board of the National Rifle Association.

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  • Ted Nugent 2On April 5, 1968, Ted joined a group of fellow musicians to pay tribute to Martin Luther King with a folk, rock and blues jam session. The line-up was Ted, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Guy, Cactus, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Al Kooper.
  • Ted suffers from rock ‘n’ roll induced hearing loss.  He has publically acknowledged the issue but adds,

The ear’s not too good, especially with background noise but that’s a small price to pay. Believe me the journey was worth it.

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  • The album Cat Scratch Fever was released in May 1977 with the title song featuring as the first track.
  • Cat Scratch Fever was written by Ted Nugent, released at the same time as the album, and peaked at #30 on the US singles chart.
  • Ted says the song is about the disease of boys craving girls.
  • In 2009, VH1 placed Cat Scratch Fever at #32 on the list of the top 100 hard rock songs of all time.
  • In 1999, Pantera covered the song for the Detroit Rock City CD soundtrack.  While their version peaked at #40 on the US charts, Ted was less than impressed saying;

It is exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way.

  • Motorhead and Hayseed Dixies have also released covers.
  • Cat Scratch Fever has appeared on The Simpsons (like so many other 70s songs), and the Detroit Tigers baseball team (Ted’s home team) have been known to play the song at the beginning of home games.
  • Cat Scratch Fever lyrics.

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