Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Steppenwolf released Monster in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War. Although some of the lyrics haven’t necessarily aged well, the title track Monster/Suicide/America is another story altogether. The words in that epic song ring possibly even more true today than when they were written. John Kay (a Canadian) wrote about the dichotomy of what makes America simultaneously great and horrible, with an unflinching outsider’s perspective. Powerful stuff indeed, as was the playing on the entire album. Steppenwolf had a lot more in their tank than just Born To Be Wild. A couple of other stellar songs from this underrated album include Move Over, Power Play, and From Here To There Eventually. Kay’s vocals are superb and Larry Byrom shines on lead guitar in his first outing with the band. Check out those lyrics and see if you agree with me…definitely thought provoking content.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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