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Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
From Ted Nugent (1975)
Arguably the most badass song of all time:
Monster riff from first second ✅
Way over the top long guitar solo ✅
”The road I cruise is a bitch now baby” ✅
I have listened to this one so much I know exactly when the all the notes in the 5 minutes long guitar solo happen.
Initially I was bothered by the Led Zeppelin style misogyny. But a Straussian reading reveals that the song is about Ted Nugent’s relationship with record companies. He was initially rejected by all of them. But of course he turned out a massive success.
Or, as the song says:
Sometimes you want to get higher
Sometimes you gotta start low
The song came to him at the moment where he had the right level of hubris; enough make a kick-ass gloating anthem, but not so much that he would insist on singing it himself as he later would. (Instead his bandmate Derek St. Holmes sings in a Plant-worthy performance.)
I’m going to listen to the build-up for the final verse starting at 6:53 again. And no you can't turn me 'round.
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