Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Heat of the Moment

WCSX Classic Cuts Asia: "Heat of the Moment" The Hook: It introduced Asia to the world with the level of aplomb befitting a supergroup. Album: Asia Year: 1982 Writers: John Wetton and Geoff Downes Stats: Peaked at number-four on Billboard's Hot 100 and topped their Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for six weeks. The Background: Steve…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Hurts So Good

WCSX Classic Cuts John Mellencamp: "Hurts So Good" The Hook: It came out of Mellencamp's late night bar band experiences. Year: 1982 Album: American Fool Writers: John Mellencamp and George Green Stats: Topped Billboard's Hot Tracks mainstream rock chart and peaked at number two on the Hot 100. Background: Although it never quite reached number-one,…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Barracuda

WCSX Classic Cuts Heart: "Barracuda" The Hook: Not their kind of guy. Album: Little Queen Year: 1977 Writers: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher Stats: Peaked at number-11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: By the time Heart released their second album, Little Queen -- which was really the third album…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Open Arms

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Open Arms" The Hook: Jonathan Cain had it when he was in The Babys. Their frontman, John Waite, didn't like it, but Steve Perry did. Album: Escape Year: 1981 Writers: Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Journey singer Steve Perry co-wrote the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Summer of '69

WCSX Classic Cuts Bryan Adams: "Summer of '69" The Hook: He wanted it to be the "bookend" to Bob Seger's "Night Moves" Album: Reckless Year: 1984 Writers: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance Stats: Peaked at number-five on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Bryan Adams says that although it may not be obvious, his biggest inspiration…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Landslide

WCSX Classic Cuts Fleetwood Mac: "Landslide" The Hook: A song that struck a chord with fans, even though it took 16 years for it to be released as a single. Albums: Fleetwood Mac and The Dance Years: 1975 and 1998 Writer: Stevie Nicks Stats: The live single from The Dance peaked at number-51 on Billboard…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lyin' Eyes

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Lyin' Eyes" The Hook: Written during sessions for their third album, Bernie Leadon recalls it as the fist new Don Henley and Glenn Frey song to knock out their new producer, Bill Szymczyk. Album: One of These Nights Year: 1975 Writers: Don Henley and Glenn Frey Stats: Peaked at number-two on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Tie Your Mother Down

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "Tie Your Mother Down" The Hook: If the title fits, use it. Album: A Day at the Races Year: 1976 Writer: Brian May Stats: Peaked at number-49 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: According to Wikipedia, Freddie Mercury said he never knew why Brian May titled a song "Tie Your Mother…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Yellow Submarine

WCSX Classic Cuts The Beatles: "Yellow Submarine" The Hook: A children's song from Paul for Ringo. Album: Revolver Year: 1966 Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey, was less than a year old when Paul McCartney thought of writing a kids'…

WCSX Classic Cuts : School's Out

WCSX Classic Cuts Alice Cooper: "School's Out" The Hook: How do you capture the exhilaration of that moment? Album: School's Out Year: 1972 Writers: Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith Stats: Peaked at number-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Once Alice Cooper got the idea to write a song about…