WCSX Classic Cuts : Moonlight Drive

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Moonlight Drive" The Hook: They recorded it twice with very different arrangements. The second one is on Strange Days. Album: Strange Days Year: 1967 Writers: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore Stats: The B-side of "Love Me Two Times," the second single off Strange Days, which reached…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

WCSX Classic Cuts Elton John: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" The Hook: A song about leaving the farm for the big city, as lyricist Bernie Taupin himself had done. Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Year: 1973 Writers: Elton John and Bernie Taupin Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: A lot of Bernie…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Juke Box Hero

WCSX Classic Cuts Foreigner: "Juke Box Hero" The Hook: A slice of Lou Gramm's pre-rock-stardom life. Album: 4 Year: 1981 Writer: Lou Gramm and Mick Jones Stats: Peaked at number-26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm's lyrics to "Juke Box Hero" came straight out of his own experiences growing up. He…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Eat the Rich

WCSX Classic Cuts Aerosmith: "Eat the Rich" The Hook: Joe Perry wasn't really down with the song's lyrics. Album: Get a Grip Year: 1993 Writers: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Jim Vallance Stats: Peaked at number-five on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but didn't make the Hot 100. Background: Joe Perry co-wrote "Eat the Rich"…

WCSX Classic Cuts : That's All

WCSX Classic Cuts Genesis: "That's All" The Hook: They call the song's rhythm a "Beatles chug." Year: 1983 Album: Genesis Writers: Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford Stats: The band's first Top 10 U.S. hit, it peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Nearly a decade and a half after they released…

WCSX Classic Cuts : A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)

WCSX Classic Cuts Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)" The Hook: Bassist Ron Blair wasn't around, but a bass legend, Duck Dunn, was, so he played on it. Album: Hard Promises Year: 1981 Writers: Tom Petty and Mike Campbell Stats: Peaked at number-5 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" The Hook: New E Street Band member Roy Bittan helped arrange the intro and got to play some pumping piano that pushed the song along. Albums: Born to Run Years: 1975 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Peaked at number-83 on Billboard Hot 100. Background: Born to Run was…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Black Dog

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "Black Dog" The Hook: The title has nothing whatsoever to do with the song's lyrics. Album: Led Zeppelin IV Year: 1971 Writers: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Zeppelin's second-highest U.S. chart single, behind "Whole Lotta Love,…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Tom Sawyer

WCSX Classic Cuts Rush: "Tom Sawyer" The Hook: The song's enduring success all over the world surprised them. Album: Moving Pictures Year: 1981 Writers: Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Pye Dubois Stats: Peaked at number-44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-eight on the Mainstream Rock chart. Background: "Tom Sawyer" is probably…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Runnin' With the Devil

WCSX Classic Cuts Van Halen: "Runnin' With the Devil" The Hook: A response to a changing rock scene of the day. Album: Van Halen Year: 1978 Writers: Van Halen Stats: Peaked at number-84 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: David Lee Roth says his lyrics to Van Halen's "Runnin' With the Devil" were a response…