If you were around in the mid-to-late 1970's, you have most likely heard of the Reverend Atrocious Theodocious, the Motor City Madman himself -- Ted "The Nuge" Nugent. And if you were, like me, a headbanging hard rock weekend warrior, then you are very familiar with his massive arsenal of musical weapons of mass devastation. Here are my personal favorites...
"I Love You So I Told You a Lie"
This rockin' little diddy was hidden on side two of the classic Free for All album, but it easily could have been front and center on side one. It would have made a great single, but instead it slipped into rock and roll obscurity.
"I Want to Tell You"
When you think of the influences that may have led the Motor City Madman to first pick up a guitar, the melodic strummings of Beatle George Harrison may not immediately come to mind. But the Nuge's cover of Harrison's "I Want to tell You" from the Fab Four's Revolver album pays tribute to one of their overlooked classics and, in the process, gives us another underappreciated gem from Terrible Ted.
"Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine"
Though Ted Nugent may have been a star, and some might even say a superstar, he still understood the world of the working man. though these days he is known for his anti-drug and anti-alcohol stance, he didn't seem to have a problem with a little social drinking around the time of his Weekend Warriors LP in 1979. A great tune about good times.
Scream Dream gave us the over-the-top opus "Wango Tango", but also included on this album was a lesser known lyrical landmine called "Terminus Eldorado" about a mischievous youth who steals her daddy's new car and takes it for a spin down the highway of doom. She should have listened to her daddy... Sadly, Scream Dream would be Uncle Ted's last gold record.
"Bound and Gagged"
With Americans held hostage in Iran, Deadly Tedley made his feelings known with this ode to American military might. Looking back, it is probably fair to say this was Ted's first political statement.
"(Where Do You) Draw the Line?"
Some Ted Nugent fans did not care for this track or the more AOR-oriented album it originated from, Penetrator. But personally, though it was a departure from his usual style, I found thie Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance penned track to be quite enjoyable. And you have to admit the Boris Vallejo album artwork was amazing!
Nugent fans in Michigan had been familiar with this song for years before it made its way onto Terrible Ted's Spirit of the Wild album in 1995. It had been seven years since Nugent had released any new music and the inclusion of "Fred Bear" was a way of bringing the old die-hard fans on board for the new album. Without a doubt those fans were pleased by what they found as this was his best record since State of Shock.
"Geronimo and Me"
Love Grenade, Steady Teddy's most recent album, is a bombastic blast of pure primal power. No,he is not a mainstay of pop radio these days, but he still has his fans and he still knows how to give them what they need. "Geronimo and Me" would have easily fit into the Weekend Warrior era and would have had a strong shot at making it onto he charts. But these days, music has not heart. no soul and no loss of control. Thankfully, that is not a place for the Nuge.