Classic Cuts

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…

WCSX Classic Cuts : China Grove

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doobie Brothers: "China Grove" The Hook: An Asian-sounding piano riff sparked a song about a town they'd passed with Asian-sounding name. Year: 1973 Album: The Captain and Me Writer: Tom Johnston Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: China Grove is a real Texas town out San Antonio…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Great Gig in the Sky

WCSX Classic Cuts Pink Floyd: "The Great Gig in the Sky" The Hook: Clare Torry's incredible vocal followed the instruction: "It’s about death, so think about that while you sing it." Album: The Dark Side of the Moon Year: 1973 Writers: Richard Wright and Clare Torry Stats: Never released as a single. Background: "The Great…