Monday, February 23, 2015

I'm a confirmed Nugist because of TED NUGENT

Please be informed that this homage to The Nuge contains no politics of any description...but it does contain glowing praise for his firm grasp of that bo diddley, boogie woogie, rock and roll,  rhythm and blues thing his got going....there's no denying his exceptional talent on the six-string, his knack for penning arena rock anthems, or his standing as one of rock's top live acts,

First time I heard Ted, I was around at a mates place, he had the then brand new, Double Live suggest i was blown away by the strumming of the geetar on those slabs is an understatement...I was GOBSMACKED, It lead me to keeping an ear on Ted over the years ...anyway to the story of The Nuge
Nugent became interested in rock & roll early in the game, picking up the guitar as a youngster,  In the '60s, Nugent formed his first bands  drawing inspiration from such British blues-rockers as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. But it wasn't until the formation of the Amboy Dukes that the Nuge got his first taste of stardom (it was also around this time that Nugent began playing a Gibson Byrdland guitar, a model that would be instantly associated with him throughout his career). 

The other members of the group didn't exactly share Nugent's clean-living lifestyle, as proven by their psychedelic hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind," which Nugent claimed he didn't know at the time was about being "under the influence." The band managed to issue several albums throughout the late '60s -- 1967's self-titled debut, 1968's Journey to the Center of the Mind, and 1969's Migration -- as the group fit in well with other high-energy rock bands that emerged from the Motor City, the MC5 and the Stooges in particular.

Dukes started coming and going at an alarming rate,so, Ted eventually changed the band's name to Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes  and issuing 1971's Survival of the Fittest, 1973's Call of the Wild, and 1974's Tooth, Fang & Claw. None of these releases exactly stormed the Billboard charts, Nugent and his cohorts remained an in-demand concert draw, as he also set up "guitar duels" on-stage around this time (battling with MC5's Wayne Kramer and Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino, among others).

 By the mid-'70s, Nugent finally ditched the Amboy Dukes name and set out on his own, assembling a first-rate backing band that included second guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Rob Grange, and drummer Cliff Davies. By 1975, the new band was signed to Aerosmith's management company (Leber & Krebs), as well as the same record company, Columbia, resulting in the release of Nugent's self-titled debut in November of the same year. 

The band immediately struck a chord with the heavy metal/hard rock crowd from coast to coast, due to the band's over the top stage show. But the bandmembers' relationship with Nugent was rocky at best -- Nugent wanted complete control of the band, while the others wanted it to be more of a democracy. The end result was St. Holmes leaving the band prior to the sessions of their sophomore effort, 1976's Free-for-All (which saw a then-unknown singer by the name of Meat Loaf filling in for the departed singer).

St. Holmes returned, however, in time for the album's ensuing tour, and by the release of 1977's Cat Scratch Fever (which spawned the hit single title track), Nugent and company were one of the top rock bands in the U.S. -- storming the charts and selling out arenas coast to coast. By now, Nugent had assumed the stage persona of a caveman -- 

hitting the stage dressed in nothing but a skimpy loincloth and knee-high boots, and would often begin his show by swinging out on a rope à la Tarzan (!). Like other rock acts of the '70s (Kiss, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, etc.), Nugent used a live album -- 1978's classic Double Live Gonzo! -- to catapult his career to the next level of stardom. But despite all the success, the members of his band began deserting him one by one over the course of such albums as 1978's Weekend Warriors, 1979's State of Shock, and 1980's Scream Dream. 

To add insult to injury, Nugent found himself bankrupt around this time, due to several failed business ventures and poor management.

Nugent continued to tour and crank out albums throughout the '80s (including such forgettable releases as, Nugent, Penetrator, Little Miss Dangerous, and If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em) and one of my personal favourites (that a stack of humanoids dont like) the live album, Intensities in Ten Cities, which starred the classic Flying lip lock...anyway,  it appeared as through the Nuge was trying to keep pace with the burgeoning pop-metal crowd instead of sticking to the raging rock that brought him success in the first place. 

Nugent also tried his hand at acting around this time, appearing as a drug dealer in an episode of the hit TV series Miami Vice in 1986.

 In 1989 Nugent joined the rock supergroup Damn Yankees , with Jack Blades (bass/vocals, formerly of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals, formerly of Styx) and Michael Cartellone (drums). ...The forming of said supergroup resulted in the quartet's self-titled debut in 1990, which became a surprise hit due to their Top Ten power ballad "High Enough." But ultimately, the union proved to be short-lived; after only one more album (1992's lackluster Don't Tread), the band called it quits, Ted also did VH1 Supergroup with Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian, Even Sinefield and Jason Bonham, they were called Damnocracy, its not a bad show check it out on YouTube

Nugent returned to his solo career, issuing his best album in over a decade, 1995's back-to-basics Spirit of the Wild, while several archival releases turned up throughout the '90s: 1993's three-disc box set Out of Control, 1997's Live at Hammersmith '79, as well as his first three albums reissued with added tracks and newly remastered sound in 1999 by the Epic/Legacy label (also issued at the same time was the first truly comprehensive compilation of the Amboy Dukes, the 18-track Loaded for Bear). 

The Nuge was also the subject of an interesting VH1 Behind the Music episode. He continued to tour well into the 21st century (landing the opening slot on Kiss' Farewell U.S. Tour in 2000), and issued the third live collection of his career, Full Bluntal Nugity, in 2001. That same year, the Nuge penned his own autobiography, the perfectly titled God, Guns, & Rock n' Roll. His Spitfire-issued 12th long-player, Craveman, dropped in 2002, followed by Love Grenade in 2007. He next embraced the digital realm by releasing the two-disc, 30-track MP3 online song bundle Happy Defiance Day Everyday over the 4th of July weekend in 2010

 In 2014 Nugent released his 14th studio album, Shutup & Jam!, which featured a guest appearance from Sammy Hagar....oh yeah and Derek is back in the band too

Studio albums
1975      Ted Nugent
1976 Free-for-All
1977 Cat Scratch Fever
1978 Weekend Warriors
1979 State of Shock
1980 Scream Dream
1982 Nugent
1984 Penetrator
1986 Little Miss Dangerous
1988 If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em
1995 Spirit of the Wild
2002 Craveman
2007 Love Grenade
2014 Shutup & Jam!

Live albums
1978 Double Live Gonzo!
1981 Intensities in 10 Cities
1997 Live at Hammersmith '79
2001 Full Bluntal Nugity
2005 Extended Versions
2008 Sweden Rocks
2009 Motor City Mayhem
2013 Ultralive Ballisticrock

Greatest Hits Albums
1981 Great Gonzos!: The Best of Ted Nugent
1996 Motor City Madness
1996 Over The Top
1998 Super Hits
2002 The Ultimate Ted Nugent
2001 Noble Savage
2002 Take Two
2003 20 Hits
2003 Take No Prisoners
2004 Hunt Music
2004 Decades of Destruction
2005 Extended Versions
2009 Playlist: The Very Best of Ted Nugent
2010 Happy Defiance Day Everyday

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