Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Travelin' Band

WCSX Classic Cuts Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Travelin' Band" The Hook: Baby, that is rock 'n' roll. Album: Cosmo's Factory Year: 1970 Writer: John Fogerty Stats: A double-A-sided single with "Who'll Stop the Rain," it reached number-2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: In the late '60s and early '70s, CCR were rarely off the road,…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rock the Casbah

WCSX Classic Cuts The Clash: "Rock the Casbah" The Hook: Their manager tries to get them to write shorter songs. One word he says opens the door to "Rock the Casbah." Album: Combat Rock Year: 1982 Writers: The Clash Stats: Peaked at number-8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The late Joe Strummer recalled that…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Money for Nothing

WCSX Classic Cuts Dire Straits: "Money for Nothing" The Hook: Knopfler writes a character-driven song, then has to sing it as a character he doesn't like. Album: Brothers in Arms Year: 1985 Writers: Mark Knopfler and Sting (only the "I Want My MTV" section) Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks Background:The words…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Hello, I Love You

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Hello, I Love You" The Hook: Written about a gorgeous black girl Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek saw on the beach, it was maybe a little closer to a Kinks song than it should have been. Album: Waiting for the Sun Year: 1968 Writers: The Doors (Jim Morrison) Stats: The…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Tuesday Afternoon

WCSX Classic Cuts The Moody Blues: "Tuesday Afternoon" The Hook: Actually written on a Tuesday afternoon as part of a day-in-the-life album concept. Album: Days of Future Passed Year: 1967 Writer: Justin Hayward Stats: Peaked at number-24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Tuesday Afternoon" was the second single from Days of Future Passed, the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Roll On Down the Highway

WCSX Classic Cuts Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Roll On Down the Highway" The Hook: The band had the image of truckers, so they wrote a song to go with it. Album: Not Fragile Year: 1974 Writers: Rob Bachman and Fred Turner Stats: Drove to number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: BTO guitarist Randy Bachman explains how…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lights

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Lights" The Hook: If he hadn't joined Journey, Steve Perry's "Lights" might have given Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." a run for its money. Album: Infinity Year: 1978 Writer: Steve Perry and Neal Schon Stats: The third single off Infinity, it only peaked at number-68 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Long Distance Runaround

WCSX Classic Cuts Yes: "Long Distance Runaround" The Hook: A piano riff Rick Wakeman was playing in the studio triggered Jon Anderson's arrangement for a song he'd already written. Album: Fragile Year: 1972 Writer: Jon Anderson Stats: The B-side of "Roundabout," which reached number-13 on the Billboard Hot 100, it became an AOR staple on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Wild Night

WCSX Classic Cuts Van Morrison: "Wild Night" The Hook: A young guitarist named Ronnie Montrose played the intro riff, but it was Van who recognized that that's where it belonged in the song. Album: Tupelo Honey Year: 1971 Writer: Van Morrison Stats: Peaked at number-28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Van Morrison recorded his…

WCSX Classic Cuts : I Shot the Sheriff

WCSX Classic Cuts Eric Clapton: "I Shot the Sheriff" The Hook: Two music industry legends knew it was a major hit the minute they heard it. Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard Year: 1974 Writer: Bob Marley Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The late Tom Dowd, who produced Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard, recalled the…