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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 04:21 PM
Before the ABB, for me, there was Steppenwolf.
Time machine time....saw him once at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta in 1981.

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 04:35 PM
Steppenwolf was actually my favorite band until a friend turned me on the the ABB. Had the priviledge of seeing Steppenwolf with John Kay and it was a blast. Still listen to their music. Pretty great stuff, IMHO. And again, IMHO only....it remains time relevant.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 04:46 PM
I think Steppenwolf is a band which often gets overlooked in the history of rock 'n' roll. Some of what they did was very progressive........anyone here ever heard the Monster record? They had the chops to jam live, and they also had the B-3 thing going on from the start, which not many rock bands did before ABB. I think they were more influential than they have gotten credit for.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 04:59 PM
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I think Steppenwolf is a band which often gets overlooked in the history of rock 'n' roll. Some of what they did was very progressive........anyone here ever heard the Monster record? They had the chops to jam live, and they also had the B-3 thing going on from the start, which not many rock bands did before ABB. I think they were more influential than they have gotten credit for.


I agree with you 100% rob. Goldie McJohn on the B-3 was, I thought sonically wonderful, and as I said, its MHO only, but a lot of the songs/albums, of which Monster is superb example, again IMHO only, are still relevant today. So, yes they deserve much more credit in the rock'n'roll scheme of things than they get. To me, they were ahead of their time. And they were pretty darn good live, at least the shows I saw.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 05:52 PM
Steppenwolf's first two albums are sheer brilliance. I avoided listening to them for a long time (I'm a younger fellow) as a result of getting the impression that they were a one-hit wonder, then I got around to listening to them. Those first two albums have some of the strongest, most consistent song-writing I've seen on any rock record. In regards to their influence and progressive nature: Let's not forget the medley that closed their second album, pre-dating even the Beatles medley at the end of Abbey road.
 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 06:07 PM
"Magic Carpet Ride" gets overplayed on FM Classic rock and oldies radio. However "Born To Be Wild" and "The Pusher" still are great to hear. Makes me think about all of those late 60s biker movies that came after Easy Rider. I'm not a biker, but those songs make me dream of what it's like on the road in the summer time.

I love their live album, featuring "Don't Step On The Grass Sam" a tune that Gov't Mule covered.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 06:43 PM
I'm still a huge fan of Steppenwolf...one of the all-time great bands,IMO...Love Kays solo work as well...

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 07:14 PM
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Time machine time....saw him once at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta in 1981.


saw them about the same time at the agora in cleveland. i believe that was the tour with the palmer brothers supporting the wolftracks album. great, great show.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2011 at 07:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_fuQeJzIc

Kay talking about 'Hippo Stomp'

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 06:49 AM
Anyone remember "Snow Blind" which many of us were at the time?

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 09:01 AM
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Great song & dig the LP as well.....I saw them back in their "Hay-Day" w/Bloodrock (who stole the show) & Grand Funk Railroad).That's Still one of my fav. shows ever. Saw them again about 6 yr's ago & it was Kay & a bunch of young guys billed as Steppenwolf...Even tho it wasn't the real thing,they were still really,Really good...

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 09:34 AM
I still have a vinyl copy of this album.



Great record.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 10:09 AM
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I still have a vinyl copy of this album.



Great record.


I have that vinyl also...gotta be in my top 5 or 6 fav. live LP's..."Monster" is killer on there...

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 10:27 AM
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Anyone remember "Snow Blind" which many of us were at the time?


"Snowblind Friend" is the song played in the first post.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 11:50 AM
one of older brothers favorites back in the day..one of the first bands i remember..i always liked screaming night hog..the quality of this video questionable but i still like it



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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 01:54 PM
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"Snowblind Friend" is the song played in the first post.


Sometimes I don't listen to posted videos at 6AM. The neighbors don't appreciate R&R that early in the day even if I'm up and ready to rock.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 02:50 PM
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I still have a vinyl copy of this album.



Great record.


I too have this one on vinyl! One that gets a lot of play still! MOst of this was recorded at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum at the One & Only First & Last Annual Valentine's Day Music Festival in the early 70's. Campus looked like Shakedown Street for a week with Hippies from all over the country camping anywhere they could pitch a tent or park a van in the days before the Saturday concert! One of my best friends was on the CDA(Central Dance Assoc) that put on all musical events on campus, they were told afterwards not to even bring it up next year! great memories everytime I listen to this album! Great band who really doesn't get their due for their contribution.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 03:03 PM
A funny true story comes to mind about this record. In the summers I would work part time running a Putt-Putt course at the Greenwood State Park near my hometown. Most Monday's and Tuesdays would be very few customers while weekends were non-stop. One Monday in mid-summer the place was dead, I had the 8-track of this album playing while I piddled around in the little pay station shed there and a young couple came up and payed to play. Well I was busy doing something and wasn't really thinking 'bout what was playing and in the middle of the Pusher, they came back up from halfway across the course, and wanted their money back saying they couldn't enjoy playing with such vulgar music playing! Found out they were Bob Jones Univ seminary students. I of course apologized and offered to cut it off, but they were really outraged! Told the head ranger when he came by later that he'd probably be getting a complaint or a call and why! He roared laughing! Said he wished he coulda been a fly on the wall and see their faces when the first GD the Pusherman blasted outa those little pioneer speakers! I could just see me losing that $11 a day pay for doing nothing but sitting in a beautiful park listening to music all day! Thanks for jogging that memory outa my old brain! I needed a good laugh today!

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 04:20 PM
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Great song & dig the LP as well.....I saw them back in their "Hay-Day" w/Bloodrock (who stole the show) & Grand Funk Railroad).That's Still one of my fav. shows ever. Saw them again about 6 yr's ago & it was Kay & a bunch of young guys billed as Steppenwolf...Even tho it wasn't the real thing,they were still really,Really good...


Man, I loved that Bloodrock Live album ...bet that was one kick a@@ night of great music.

 

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  posted on 6/2/2011 at 05:12 PM
First record I ever bought was the Magic Carpet Ride 45

 

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  posted on 6/3/2011 at 12:13 PM
music I grew up with....still great today.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2011 at 01:42 PM
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A funny true story comes to mind about this record. In the summers I would work part time running a Putt-Putt course at the Greenwood State Park near my hometown. Most Monday's and Tuesdays would be very few customers while weekends were non-stop. One Monday in mid-summer the place was dead, I had the 8-track of this album playing while I piddled around in the little pay station shed there and a young couple came up and payed to play. Well I was busy doing something and wasn't really thinking 'bout what was playing and in the middle of the Pusher, they came back up from halfway across the course, and wanted their money back saying they couldn't enjoy playing with such vulgar music playing! Found out they were Bob Jones Univ seminary students. I of course apologized and offered to cut it off, but they were really outraged! Told the head ranger when he came by later that he'd probably be getting a complaint or a call and why! He roared laughing! Said he wished he coulda been a fly on the wall and see their faces when the first GD the Pusherman blasted outa those little pioneer speakers! I could just see me losing that $11 a day pay for doing nothing but sitting in a beautiful park listening to music all day! Thanks for jogging that memory outa my old brain! I needed a good laugh today!



Thanks for giving me a good chuckle there. I remember my stepmom shaking her head and saying, half to herself, "Oh, that's just great" upon hearing John Kay howl about the Pusher Man on my stereo.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2011 at 02:31 PM
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Me too Brent. Before moving to LA and becoming Steppenwolf they were Toronto based as The Sparrow or John Kay & The Sparrow playing clubs and high school dances. The first two Steppenwolf albums are the best , loved Hodge Podge Strained Through A Leslie / Tighten Up Your Wig - "Before we go I'd like to mention Junior Wells, we stole this song from him and he from someone else" They could really play the blues in those days, almost sounding like Butterfield's band at times.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2011 at 03:13 PM
I was sitting in a small bar drinking with the boys years ago. Some band was playing some classic stuff from the 60s. My buddy walks up and asks if I know any Steppenwolf songs and if I would get up with the band and play a couple of tunes. I was feeling no pain and usually don't play on stage that way but what the hell.

I walked up and the guitar player handed me his guitar. I turned around and John Kay had got up also. My buddy claimed that he told me which was his point about Steppenwolf songs. John, myself and a pretty bad band jammed on Carpet Ride, Born To Be Wild and some blues. Didn't sound too good I imagine but was quite a high for me. Small club so not many heard it that night and I sure wish I was more sober but those fuzzy memories still make me smile.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2011 at 05:39 PM
It's kindof funny, when I posted this thread I remembered later that I had posted a similar thread on John Kay awhile back and thought, 'dang, I nust be losing it'. So very happy to see the response and read the great tales.

Named my daughter after Corrina on that live album. It was spelled one way on the record label; another on the back cover. She always says she is po'd to be 'named after a song' and 'when I get 21 I'll change my name'. I'm pretty sure she'll keep it and after she matures a bit, she might even come to love it.

Wouldn't it be a hoot for the pissed off golfers to have attended a Hoyt Axton concert one day thinking they were going to get some wholesome tunes and Hoyt breaks into The Pusher? That would be something to see!

I bought all of John Kay's solo stuff back in the day and they spent many hours on my turntable.

 

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