Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Hotel California

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Hotel California" The Hook: Guitarist Don Felder wrote the original track with help from a drum machine set to play a "cha-cha." Album: Hotel California Year: 1977 Writers: Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Hotel California" was written in two parts, one before…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Dancing in the Dark

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Dancing in the Dark" The Hook: Max Weinberg says its sound was inspired by two of the biggest hits of the period, Michael Jackson's Thriller album and The Police's "Every Breath You Take." Album: Born in the U.S.A. Year: 1984 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Peaked at number two on the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Love Gun

WCSX Classic Cuts KISS: "Love Gun" The Hook: Paul Stanley wrote the song but Ace Frehley came up with the guitar solo, which the two guitarists performed together. Album: Love Gun Year: 1977 Writer: Paul Stanley Stats: Peaked at number-55 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Love Gun" wasn't a huge hit at the time…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Gimme Three Steps

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Gimme Three Steps" The Hook: True story about how Ronnie Van Zant once avoided getting his ass kicked...or worse. Album: (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd) Year: 1973 Writers: Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins Stats: The first single from Skynyrd's first album didn't even chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but became…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Old Time Rock and Roll

WCSX Classic Cuts Bob Seger: "Old Time Rock and Roll" The Hook: Seger wishes he gotten at least some of the songwriter's credit. Album: Stranger in Town Year: 1978 Writers: George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones the Third Stats: Peaked at number-28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Bob Seger recorded his cover of "Old…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rock and Roll Band

WCSX Classic Cuts Boston: "Rock and Roll Band" The Hook: Every guitarist's fantasy, but just that, a fantasy. Album: Boston Year: 1976 Writer: Tom Scholz Stats: Although the Boston Globe described it as "one of the biggest rock anthems of the 1970s," it was never released as a single. However, it received major FM radio…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lay Lady Lay

WCSX Classic Cuts Bob Dylan: "Lay Lady Lay" The Hook: Cream's Jack Bruce is a big fan of the song. Album: Nashville Skyline Year: 1969 Writer: Bob Dylan Stats: Peaked at number-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Cream and Bob Dylan shared a love for the blues, but even when Dylan took a detour…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Photograph

WCSX Classic Cuts Ringo Starr: "Photograph" The Hook: Beware of that third chord! Album: Ringo Year: 1973 Writers: Ringo Starr and George Harrison Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Ringo Starr says that when he thinks of "Photograph" he remembers writing it with George Harrison -- and the difficulty he encountered in doing so.…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Jane

WCSX Classic Cuts Jefferson Starship: "Jane" The Hook: It showed they were still viable after losing lead singers Grace Slick and Marty Balin, plus their drummer. Album: Freedom at Point Zero Year: 1979 Writers: Craig Chaquico, David Freiberg, Paul Kantner and Jim McPherson. Stats: Peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: After a…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Girls, Girls, Girls

WCSX Classic Cuts Motley Crue: "Girls, Girls, Girls" The Hook: Tommy Lee is proud of what they accomplished with the song. Year: 1989 Album: Girls, Girls, Girls Writers: Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Background: Motley…