Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

I know this one will attract some haters, but I am offering a disclaimer right up front. This post is strictly about Ted Nugent’s music, particularly the music contained on this amazing live album released in 1978. This post is NOT about Ted’s politics, his hunting, or his treatment of women. I’m not here to defend the man’s character, but I will take a stand and defend his guitar playing, which inspired me tremendously as a budding rocker. Live, the man was a force of nature, and tracks like Hibernation, Great White Buffalo, Motor City Madhouse, Stormtroopin’, and the immortal Stranglehold are simply massive jolts of hard rock dominance. He even included a pair of new songs recorded live for this record. The intro stage rap for Wang Dang Sweet Poontang is legendary (and to the dj’s on my high school radio station who played it while a majority of the student body was in the lunchroom to hear it and subsequently were suspended for a few days…I salute you!). So, hate all you want, I even agree with a good chunk of it. Just be fair and give credit where credit is due. Nugent rocked the stage like few others in the ’70’s…Gonzo indeed!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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