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WCSX Classic Cuts : Lookin' Out My Back Door

WCSX Classic Cuts Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Lookin' Out My Back Door" The Hook: As country a song as Creedence ever did. Album: Cosmo's Factory Year: 1970 Writer: John Fogerty Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded a couple of rockabilly covers on their early albums -- "Ooby Dooby"…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Pretty Maids All in a Row

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Pretty Maids All in a Row" The Hook: A career high point for Joe Walsh, with the uncredited help of Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Album: Hotel California Year: 1976 Writers: Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale Stats: The B-side of the number-one single "Hotel California." Background: Joe Walsh only sang lead…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Mr. Brownstone

WCSX Classic Cuts Guns N' Roses: "Mr. Brownstone" Hook: Slash says it was totally meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Released: 1987 Album: Appetite for Destruction Writers: Izzy Stradlin and Slash Stats: Only released as a single in Britain, here it was the B-side of both "It's So Easy" and "Welcome to the Jungle." Background: "Mr. Brownstone"…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rag Doll

WCSX Classic Cuts Aerosmith: "Rag Doll" The Hook: Steven Tyler played a most unusual instrument called flesh bongos on the song. Album: Permanent Vacation Year: 1987 Writers: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance and Holly Knight Stats: Peaked at number-12 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart and at number-17 on the Hot 100. Background: Aerosmith…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Life on Mars

WCSX Classic Cuts David Bowie: "Life on Mars" The Hook: Written in a small demo studio on Regent Street in London. Album: Hunky Dory Year: 1971 Writer: David Bowie Stats: Never released as a single in America, it reached number-three on the British charts. Background: Although never released as a single in America, "Life on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Fire

WCSX Classic Cuts The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Fire" The Hook: Recorded as they learned it, without dissection, arrangement or rehearsal. Album: Are You Experienced? Year: 1967 Writer: Jimi Hendrix Stats: Never released as a single in the U.S., the song received lots of airplay as an album track on FM rock radio. In Britain, it…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Fool for the City

WCSX Classic Cuts Foghat: "Fool for the City" The Hook: Recording out in the country, city boy Dave Peverett was running from wasps and missing the urban jungle. Album: Fool for the City Year: 1975 Writer: Dave Peverett Stats: Peaked at number-45 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Fool for the City" was a moderately…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Highway Star

WCSX Classic Cuts Deep Purple: "Highway Star" The Hook: Written in the bus on the way to a gig and played for the first time that night. Album: Machine Head Year: 1972 Writers: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice Stats: Although an edit was released as a single, it didn't…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Livin' On A Prayer

WCSX Classic Cuts Bon Jovi: "Livin' on a Prayer" The Hook: Richie Sambora looks at it as a stroke of luck. Year: 1986 Album: Slippery When Wet Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child Stats: Topped both Billboard's Hot 100 and Album Rock Tracks charts Background: Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora recalls…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Don't Come Around Here No More

WCSX Classic Cuts Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: "Don't Come Around Here No More" The Hook: Eurythmic Dave Stewart was a fun guy to work with, with some clever musical ideas, too. Year: 1985 Album: Southern Accents Writers: Tom Petty and Dave Stewart Stats: Peaked at number-two on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart and number-13…