Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" The Hook: Based on the personal struggles of an unnamed band member. Year: 1983 Album: Frontiers Writers: Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry Stats: Topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number-8 on the Hot 100. The Background: Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Steve Perry…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Too Late for Love

WCSX Classic Cuts Def Leppard: "Too Late for Love" The Hook: For years they wouldn't include it in a set with Pyromania's other power ballad, "Foolin'," but now they're cool with doing both. Album: Pyromania Year: 1983 Writers: Joe Elliott, Steve Clarke, Pete Willis, Rick Savage and Mutt Lange Stats: Peaked at number-nine on Billboard's…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Battle of Evermore

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "The Battle of Evermore" The Hook: The first time Jimmy Page ever played a mandolin this song came out. Album: Led Zeppelin IV Year: 1971 Writers: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Stats: The song, which features the late Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny duetting with Robert Plant, was never released…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Riders on the Storm

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Riders on the Storm" The Hook: They were fooling around in the studio with the cowboy song "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and got inspired by it. Album: L.A. Woman Year: 1971 Writers: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore Stats: Peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Streets of Philadelphia

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Streets of Philadelphia" The Hook: Bruce says it wasn't what he normally does, but he was a fan of director Jonathan Demme, so he "gave it a swing." Albums: Philadelphia soundtrack and Springsteen's Greatest Hits Years: 1994 (soundtrack) and 1995 (Greatest Hits) Writers: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Peaked at number-nine on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Crazy Train

WCSX Classic Cuts Ozzy Osbourne: "Crazy Train" The Hook: Ozzy says that after being fired from Black Sabbath, knowing that people liked "Crazy Train" was the "best feeling" he ever had. Album: Blizzard of Ozz Year: 1980 Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley Stats: Peaked at number-nine on the Billboard's Rock Albums and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : I Can't Explain

WCSX Classic Cuts The Who: "I Can't Explain" The Hook: Roger Daltrey says it would've been even better if they'd spent another 10 minutes on it. Album: First appeared on the 1971 compilation Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy. Year: Single released in 1965. Writer: Pete Townshend Stats: A Top 10 (number-eight) single in the U.K.,…

WCSX Classic Cuts : A Day in the Life

WCSX Classic Cuts The Beatles: "A Day in the Life' The Hook: John and Paul were on the same page composing "A Day in the Life," then got serious about recording it. Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Year: 1967 Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Stats: Due to its length, it wasn't released…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Subdivisions

WCSX Classic Cuts Rush: "Subdivisions" The Hook: A standout from the band's synthesizer phase. Album: Signals Year: 1982 Writers: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart Stats: Went to number-three on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, though it missed the Hot 100, peaking at a not-so-hot 105. Background: Though mainly known as a singer and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Feelin' Alright

WCSX Classic Cuts Joe Cocker: "Feelin' Alright" The Hook: The title doesn't tell the whole story. Album: With a Little Help From My Friends Year: 1969 Writer: Dave Mason Stats: Traffic released the first version of "Feelin' Alright," and it peaked at number-123. Joe Cocker's 1969 recording initially went to number-69, but got to number-33…