Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Paradise by the Dashboard Light

WCSX Classic Cuts Meat Loaf: "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" The Hook: Producer Todd Rundgren didn't get why baseball announcer Phil Rizzuto was needed on the song. Album: Bat Out of Hell Year: 1977 Writer: Jim Steinman Stats: Peaked at number-39 the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Todd Rundgren, who produced Meat Loaf's Bat Out of…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Roadhouse Blues

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Roadhouse Blues" The Hook: Their late keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, believed Jim Morrison's last verse was a universal truth. . Album: Morrison Hotel Year: 1970 Writer: Jim Morrison Stats: Peaked at number-50 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek told us that one part of "Roadhouse…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Stroke

WCSX Classic Cuts Billy Squier: "The Stroke" The Hook: Inspired by the music business itself. Album: Don't Say No Year: 1981 Writer: Billy Squier Stats: Peaked at number-17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-3 on the Top Rock Tracks chart.. Background: Billy Squier says that when he wrote "The Stroke" he was writing about…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Beautiful Girls

WCSX Classic Cuts Van Halen: "Beautiful Girls" The Hook: David Lee Roth says its lyrics "deal with the basics." Album: Van Halen II Year: 1979 Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth Stats: Peaked at number-84 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Beautiful Girls" was the second single off…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Ziggy Stardust

WCSX Classic Cuts David Bowie: "Ziggy Stardust" The Hook: Bowie came up with the song in the front room of the house where he and the Spiders From Mars were all living. Album: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Year: 1972 Writer: David Bowie Stats: Although never released a single, it's ranked number-277 on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Cuts Like a Knife

WCSX Classic Cuts Bryan Adams: "Cuts Like a Knife" The Hook: He got the title by mumbling, listening back and seeing what it sounded like. Album: Cuts Like a Knife Year: 1983 Writers: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-six on their Top Rock Tracks chart.…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Turn the Page

WCSX Classic Cuts Bob Seger: "Turn the Page" The Hook: He thought it had limited appeal and had no inkling it would end up as one of his most popular songs. Albums: Back in '72 (original studio version), Live Bullet (best-known version) Years: 1973 (studio), 1976 (live) Writer: Bob Seger Stats: Never charted as a…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Sweet Child o' Mine

WCSX Classic Cuts Guns N' Roses: "Sweet Child o' Mine" The Hook: With just their second single, Guns N' Roses became bigger than Slash ever expected them to be. Year: 1987 Album: Appetite for Destruction Writers: Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Slash says that…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Sharp Dressed Man

WCSX Classic Cuts ZZ Top: "Sharp Dressed Man" The Hook: Bassist Dusty Hill still remembers a homeless man who stood next to him during the video shoot. Album: Eliminator Year: 1983 Writers: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard Stats: Peaked at number-two on Billboard's Top Rock Tracks chart, but only reached number-56 on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Bad Moon Rising

WCSX Classic Cuts Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Moon Rising" The Hook: John Fogerty came up with the title, then drew the inspiration for the song from an ominous scene in a 1940's movie. Album: Green River Year: 1969 Writer: John Fogerty Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: John Fogerty says he…