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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Remembering Johnny Winter

July 20, 2014

Johnny Winter RIP smallJohnny winter 3Ranked #63 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time; Producer of three Grammy award winning albums for Muddy Waters, Inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame—Johnny Winter’s career began in the late 60s and continued until his death earlier this week.  The world of blues mourns one of its greatest guitarists and showmen.

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  • Johnny and his brother Edgar were born in Beaumont, Texas to parents who encouraged their pursuit of musicianship.
  • By the age of 15, Johnny and his band, Johnny and the Jammers had released their first single; School Day Blues.
  • Inspired by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Bobby Bland, Johnny developed a passion for blues guitar, releasing his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968.
  • Later that year—1968—Mike Bloomfield invited Johnny on stage at the Fillmore East to jam with him and Al Kooper.   Representatives of Columbia Records heard him and he was signed to what was reportedly the largest advance in the history of the recording industry at that time—$600,000.
  • Johnny performed at Woodstock, which was about the time he and Janis Joplin began a short but (apparently) passionate affair.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Johnny never performed Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the 1968 Hendrix bootleg album Woke up this Morning and Found Myself Dead.  To quote Johnny;

I never even met Jim Morrison! There’s a whole album of Jimi and Jim and I’m supposedly on the album but I don’t think I am ’cause I never met Jim Morrison in my life! I’m sure I never, never played with Jim Morrison at all! I don’t know how that rumour started.

  • Johnny lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle complete with all the trappings that go with it, including a heroin addiction back in the 1970s.
  • Perhaps his best known track in the commercial sense is Rick Derringer’s Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.
  • Johnny died in Zurich, Switzerland.  The cause of death has not yet been ascertained.  He was 70 years old and still rockin’ like every old rocker hopes to…

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Because The Night – Patti Smith – 1978

June 19, 2014

Patti Smith Because The Night single coverOne of the great songs from the 70s punk era is a Patti Smith/Bruce Springsteen collaboration – from 1978, Because The Night.

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  • Patricia Lee Smith was a key figure in the New York City punk rock movement back in the mid-70s; primarily as a result of her much acclaimed 1975 debut album Horses.
  • In fact, her name is so synonymous with punk that she is called, the Godmother of Punk.
  • Patti was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • She is also widely regarded for her poetry and writing.  In 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.
  • Many artists name Patti as their greatest influence.  Artists such as, Michael Stipe, Madonna and Pussy Riot.

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  • Because The Night is a collaboration between Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen.
  • It was first released in 1978, lifted off the album Easter by The Patti Smith Group.
  • It had previously been recorded by Bruce as he cut tracks for Darkness on the Edge of Town.  He didn’t like it so Patti recorded it instead.  Bruce never released it on a studio album but still often sings it in concert.
  • Because The Night peaked at #13 in the US and #5 in the UK.
  • For many years it was included in NME magazine’s list of The Top 150 Singles of All Time.
  • Because The Night has been covered by 10,000 Maniacs (reaching #11 on the US charts), Sonic Youth, Kim Wilde KT Tunstall and the Patti Smith 3Buena Vista Social Club, Michael Stipe (with Bruce Springsteen), U2 (with Patti and Bruce) and The Waterboys.
  • Because The Night lyrics.

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Rich Girl – Hall and Oates – 1977

May 8, 2014

Hall and Oates Rich Girl Single CoverIn the midst of the New Wave era sat Hall and Oates, the most successful rock duo of all time with a staggering 34 singles reaching the US Top 40.  Their first #1 was Rich Girl in 1977.

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  • Daryl Hall & John Oates hail from Philadelphia in the US of A.
  • Daryl provides the lead vocals while John plays electric guitar and provides the BVs.
  • During the latter part of the 70s and into the 80s Hall and Oates had six #1 US singles.  As well as Rich Girl, there was: Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), Maneater, and Out of Touch – you remember them all now, don’t you?
  • Hall and Oates 1Hall and Oates had, in all, 34 hits on the US charts, seven platinum albums, and six gold albums. They are the most successful duo of the rock era.
  • In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Billboard magazine list Hall and Oates at #15 in their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
  • In April 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2014.
  • Daryl and John still perform and, if you’ve never seen any episodes of Live From Daryl’s House then you are really missing out on something special!

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  • Rich Girl, written by Daryl Hall, was Hall and Oates first #1 single.
  • Rich Girl was recorded in 1976 and featured on the album, Bigger Than Both of Us.  It reached #1 on March 26, 1977.
  • Rich Girl, about a spoiled girl who can rely on her parents’ money to do whatever she wants, was rumoured to be about newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The song is actually about an ex-boyfriend of Daryl Hall’s girlfriend, Sara Allen. Daryl explained,

You can’t write, ‘You’re a rich boy’ in a song, so I changed it to a girl.

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Joy to the World – Three Dog Night – 1971

May 4, 2014

Three Dog Night - Joy to the World - 1971The best known of Three Dog Night’s three #1 hits is sometimes better known by its first line, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog.”  Released in 1971, Joy to the World sold five million copies.

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  • Three Dog Night is an American band primarily featuring the talents of three vocalists: Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron.  The three first came together in 1967 to create some recordings with Brian Wilson.  In those days they went under the name of Redwood.
  • In 1968, the vocalists looked around for some musicians of their own and Three Dog Night was formed.
  • The name Three Dog Night was suggested by the girlfriend of vocalist Danny Hutton.  She had read a magazine article about indigenous Australians.  It explained that on cold nights they would sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (a native species of wild dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night were freezing, it was a “three dog night.”
  • Between 1969 and 1975, Three Dog Night scored 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, including three #1’s.
  • The band introduced the world to many artists and songwriters by recording the works of people such as: Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer.
  • The band is still together and recording.  They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

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  • Joy to the World is one of the best-selling singles in history.
  • Joy to the World was written by Hoyt Axton who also wrote Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis’ first #1 hit.
  • The song is lifted from Three Dog Night’s third album, Naturally.  Naturally was released in November 1970.  An edited version of the song was released as a single in February 1971.
  • Joy to the World has been covered by a number of artists including: The Supremes and Four Tops (a duet version recorded in 1971 but not released until 2009).  And, Little Richard on his 1971 album, The King of Rock and Roll.
  • Joy to the World features in the movie The Big Chill. It is sung by a child character at the beginning with the Three Dog Night playing over the end credits.
  • Joy to the World lyrics.

joy to the world – three dog night – 1971

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – The Chicago Transit Authority – 1970

January 30, 2014

chicago-does_anybody_really_know_what_time_it_is_sNot once but twice – haven’t heard Chicago for so long and then twice in one week, once on the Grammy’s singing Saturday in the Park, and then this song – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – as part of the soundtrack to American Hustle.

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  • Chicago began life as The Chicago Transit Authority way back in 1967 and are still performing.
  • The band changed their name to Chicago very soon after the release of their first album when the real Chicago Transit Authority threatened legal action.
  • Amongst American bands, Chicago is second only to The Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums chart success.
  • According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s. In all, they have sold over 38 million albums US alone – 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums.
  • Chicago had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles; but only three #1 singles: If You Leave Me Now, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, and Look Away.
  • The titles of most of the band’s albums have been chronological roman numerals.
  • Jimi Hendrix once said to band member, Walter Parazaider;

Jeez, your horn players are like one set of lungs and your guitar player is better than me.

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  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? was written and sung by Robert Lamm.
  • It comes from Chicago’s first album, The Chicago Transit Authority, which was the band’s original name.
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? was the band’s third single. The previous two – Make Me Smile and 25 or 6 to 4 – came from the band’s second album. All three singles made the US Top Ten.
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? was recorded in January 1969 but not released as a single until October 1070. There have been four versions of the song, all getting progressively shorter: 4:36 (album track), 3:20 (single), 2:54 (greatest hits edit), 2:46 (promo single edit).
  • The song has featured in at least two movies, Little Nicky (2000), and American Hustle (2013).
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? lyrics.

 does anybody really know what time it is? – the chicago transit authority – 1970 – video – short version

 does anybody really know what time it is? – the chicago transit authority – 1970 – video – full version

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More Than a Feeling – Boston – 1976

January 23, 2014

Boston-More than a feeling-coverWhen Vintage Guitar magazine published its list of the top guitar solos of the 70s, Boston’s, More Than a Feeling came in at #7.

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  • Boston is an American rock band from, not surprisingly, Boston.
  • Their sound centred on the works of Tom Scholz, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer for the band.
  • Boston has sold over 31 million albums in the United States; 17 million of those were their self-titled debut album. Their second album, Don’t Look Back, accounted for another seven million. That leaves five million spread aBoston 1round their other four studio albums.
  • For many years Boston was the best-selling debut album in the US. That record was taken from them by Guns N’ Roses’ debut set Appetite for Destruction (18 million sales).
  • Tom and the band Boston still make music and tour. Tom has spent years embroiled in lawsuits some involving what he claims is defamation over his alleged role in the suicide of original Boston lead singer, Brad Delp; most involving the use of the band’s name by former band members.

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One of the themes of Boston’s album cover art is the presence of a guitar-shaped spaceship. This is, apparently, representative of a colony ship bearing the city of Boston, with the city’s name emblazoned across the front, to a new and better place.

The album appearances of the spaceship:

  • Boston – Two long lines of guitar shaped starships flee a planet that is breaking apart. The ships all have blue flames coming out of the bottom.
  • Don’t Look Back – The Boston ship is flying low or perhaps hovering over a grassy, crystalline planet. The ship has searchlights on.
  • Third Stage – The Boston ship is either headed towards, or perhaps has just undocked from, a large flat spaceship resembling a bank of pipe organ pipes.
  • Walk On – The Boston ship is shown crashing through a rock outcropping.
  • Greatest Hits – The Boston ship is flying low over a planet with turquoise rocks and a turquoise tower in the distance.
  • Corporate America – The Boston ship is flying towards an Earth-like planet.
  • Life, Love & Hope – The Boston ship is flying in space, near a nebula.

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  • Written by Tom Scholz, More Than a Feeling was Boston’s first and most successful single. It was released in September 1976. The song took Tom more than five years to complete – he said his inspiration was the fabulous Left Banke song, Walk Away Renee.
  • More Than a Feeling peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
  • The album version of the song is over a minute longer than the single version – it includes an extra chorus and verse.
  • In 2009, More Than a Feeling was named the 39th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
  • Covers of More Than a Feeling have included versions by: Nirvana (Kurt Cobain noted the similarities between the song’s main riff and that of Nirvana’s hit Smells Like Teen Spirit), No Mercy and *NSYNC.
  • More Than a Feeling can be heard in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • More Than a Feeling lyrics.

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