Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

WCSX Classic Cuts Styx: "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" The Hook: Guitarist James Young gives all the credit to Tommy Shaw for making "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" a Styx classic. Album: Pieces of Eight Year: 1978 Writer: Tommy Shaw Stats: Peaked at number-21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw wrote all…

WCSX Classic Cuts : High Hopes

WCSX Classic Cuts Pink Floyd: "High Hopes" The Hook: Inspired by David Gilmour's childhood, it's a favorite of Nick Mason's. Year: 1994 Album: The Division Bell Writers: David Gilmour and Polly Samson Stats: "High Hopes" was released as the second single from The Division Bell and peaked at number-seven on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart.…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Under My Wheels

WCSX Classic Cuts Alice Cooper: "Under My Wheels" The Hook: It was "just Detroit rock and roll," according to Alice, but also just different enough to stand out. Album: Killer Year: 1971 Writers: Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Bob Ezrin Stats: Peaked at number-59 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Alice Cooper insists that for…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Seven Seas of Rhye

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "Seven Seas of Rhye" The Hook: Don't make the same mistake twice. Album: Queen Two Year: 1974 Writer: Freddie Mercury Stats: Didn't chart in the U.S., but was their first U.K. hit, peaking at number-10 on the British charts. Background: "Seven Seas of Rhye" was written towards the end of the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Point of Know Return

WCSX Classic Cuts Kansas: "Point of Know Return" The Hook: Written after being inspired by an album title suggestion and a National Geographic show about the voyages of Columbus. Album: Point of Know Return Year: 1978 Writers: Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt and Phil Ehart Stats: Peaked at number-28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Former…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Foreplay/Long Time

WCSX Classic Cuts Boston: "Foreplay/Long Time" The Hook: Tom Scholz says the segue between the songs was the first time he got "experimental in the studio and to hell with what everybody thinks." Album: Boston Year: 1976 Writer: Tom Scholz Stats: The follow-up to their Top Five debut single "More Than a Feeling," the edited…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Big Ten Inch Record

WCSX Classic Cuts Aerosmith: "Big Ten Inch Record" The Hook: We've got two DJs, one of them the legendary Dr. Demento, to thank for this cover of an early 1950s rhythm-and-blues song. Album: Toys in the Attic Year: 1975 Writer: Fred Weismantel Stats: Not released as a single, but received quite a bit of FM…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Tusk

WCSX Classic Cuts Fleetwood Mac: "Tusk" The Hook: The band thought Mick Fleetwood had gone off the deep end when he wanted to record a marching band at Dodger Stadium. Album: Tusk Year: 1979 Writer: Lindsey Buckingham Stats: Peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: "Tusk" was a Lindsey Buckingham track that…

WCSX Classic Cuts : 19th Nervous Breakdown

WCSX Classic Cuts The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" The Hook: An early attempt to write about a subject previously ignored by pop music. Album: Appeared on the first Stones' compilation album, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), just a month after it was released as a single. Year: 1966 Writers: Mick Jagger and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rapture

WCSX Classic Cuts Blondie: "Rapture" The Hook: The first rapped song to top the Billboard Hot 100 was something that was unique up to that point. Album: Autoamerican Year: 1981 Writers: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Background: Blondie's "Rapture" was the first rapped song to go…