Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Too Much Time on My Hands

WCSX Classic Cuts Styx: "Too Much Time on My Hands" The Hook: Tommy Shaw started it in the car on the way to one of the final writing sessions for the Paradise Theater album. Album: Paradise Theatre Year: 1981 Writer: Tommy Shaw Stats: Peaked at number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-two on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Faithfully

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Faithfully" The Hook: It was like Jonathan Cain dreamed the music and lyrics. Year: 1983 Album: Frontiers Writer: Jonathan Cain Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain wrote "Faithfully" for the band's 1983 album Frontiers. He recalls the unusual way the song came to…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Feels Like the First Time

WCSX Classic Cuts Foreigner: "Feels Like the First Time" The Hook: The song that was the basis for Foreigner. Album: Foreigner Year: 1977 Writer: Mick Jones Stats: Peaked at number-four on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Guitarist Mick Jones wrote both the music and lyrics for Foreigner's first single, "Feels Like the First Time." Forty…

WCSX Classic Cuts : No More Mr. Nice Guy

WCSX Classic Cuts Alice Cooper: "No More Mr. Nice Guy" The Hook: He knew it was going to be good once he had the title. Album: Billion Dollar Babies Year: 1973 Writers: Alice Cooper and Michael Bruce Stats: Peaked at number-25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Sometimes an artist just knows when they've written…

WCSX Classic Cuts : (Don't Fear) the Reaper

WCSX Classic Cuts Blue Oyster Cult: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" The Hook: "A love story that transcends death." Album: Agents of Fortune Year: 1976 Writer: Buck Dharma Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Blue Oyster Cult lead guitarist Buck Dharma wrote and sings lead on "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." He talks…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Spirit of Radio

WCSX Classic Cuts Rush: "The Spirit of Radio" The Hook: Alex Lifeson thinks some people didn't really get what the song's lyrics were saying. Album: Permanent Waves Year: 1980 Writers: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart Stats: Peaked at number-51 on the Billboard Hot 100. A 1998 live version reached number-27 on the Mainstream…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Start Me Up

WCSX Classic Cuts The Rolling Stones: "Start Me Up" The Hook: They recorded it many times as a reggae song, but it never really worked. Years later, they used the one rock and roll take they did as the basis for the version that became the hit. Album: Tattoo You Year: 1981 Writers: Mick Jagger…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Mississippi Queen

WCSX Classic Cuts Mountain: "Mississippi Queen" The Hook: It may be under two-and-a-half minutes, but it took a lot of work to shape a disco song from their drummer's old band into a rock classic. Album: Climbing! Year: 1970 Writers: Leslie West, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi and David Rea Stats: Peaked at number-21 on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Take It Easy

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Take It Easy" The Hook: Glenn Frey calls it "the quintessential Eagles song." Album: Eagles Year: 1971 Writers: Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: In terms of chart position, "Take It Easy" is by no means the Eagles' biggest hit -- it…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lucky Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Emerson, Lake and Palmer: "Lucky Man" The Hook: Written by Greg Lake when he was 12 and only recorded to fill space on ELP's debut, it seemed least likely to succeed -- but it did. Year: 1970 Album: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Writer: Greg Lake Stats: Their second-highest charting single in the…