Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Is This Love

WCSX Classic Cuts Whitesnake: "Is This Love" The Hook: Written with Tina Turner in mind and kept at the suggestion of David Coverdale's A&R rep. Album: Whitesnake Year: 1987 Writers: David Coverdale and John Sykes Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Background: "Is This…

WCSX Classic Cuts : That Smell

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "That Smell" The Hook: Ronnie Van Zant's lyrics were inspired by a car crash that guitarist Gary Rossington had while under the influence. Album: Street Survivors Year: 1977 Writers: Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant Stats: Not released as a single in the U.S. Background: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rikki Don't Lose That Number

WCSX Classic Cuts Steely Dan: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" The Hook: Think you know what it's about? Well, you don't. (And neither do we.) Year Released: 1974 Album: Pretzel Logic Writers: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen Stats: Peaked at number-four on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: Becker tells us he's heard many people's…

WCSX Classic Cuts : D'yer Maker

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "D'yer Maker" The Hook: The band thought it was funny when people -- especially American DJs -- didn't pick up on the title's play on words. Album: Houses of the Holy Year: 1973 Writers: John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Stats: Peaked at number-20 on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Who's Crying Now

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Who's Crying Now" The Hook: Is singing into a mini-cassette recorder while driving safer than texting? Album: Escape Year: 1981 Writers: Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry Stats: Peaked at number-four on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. Background: Singer Steve Perry says it was indeed a…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Animal

WCSX Classic Cuts Def Leppard: "Animal" The Hook: It means a lot to them because it was their first British Top 10 single. Album: Hysteria Year: 1987 Writers: Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Robert John "Mutt" Lange Stats: Peaked at number-five on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart and number-19 on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Modern Love

WCSX Classic Cuts David Bowie: "Modern Love" The Hook: Bowie wishes the backing vocals were more "Little Richard." Album: Let's Dance Year: 1983 Writer: David Bowie Stats: Peaked at number-six on Billboard's Top Rock Tracks chart and number-14 on the Hot 100. Background: "Modern Love" was the third single off David Bowie's Let's Dance album…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Philadelphia Freedom

WCSX Classic Cuts Elton John: "Philadelphia Freedom" The Hook: An R&B-based track with strings added separately by noted arranger Gene Page. Album: Released as a standalone single, it first appeared on Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Year: 1975 Writers: Elton John and Bernie Taupin Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Elton John and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Fire

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Fire" The Hook: Drummer Max Weinberg felt it must've been written for Elvis Presley (and he was right, though Elvis never got to do it). Album: Live 1975-85 Year: Live version recorded in 1978 and released 1986 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Peaked at number-46 on the Billboard Hot 100 seven…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Superstition

WCSX Classic Cuts Stevie Wonder: "Superstition" The Hook: A famous guitarist claims he supplied the drum pattern and helped Stevie come up with some of the superstitions. Album: Talking Book Year: 1972 Writer: Stevie Wonder (although Jeff Beck says he helped, it went uncredited) Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Jeff Beck released a version…