WCSX Classic Cuts : Do It Again

WCSX Classic Cuts Steely Dan: "Do It Again" The Hook: The first Steely Dan song they actually heard on the radio, which Donald Fagen says was "definitely a mindblower." Album: Can't Buy a Thrill Year: 1972 Writers: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen Stats: Peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Technically, "Do It…

WCSX Classic Cuts : American Woman

WCSX Classic Cuts The Guess Who: "American Woman" The Hook: It wasn't about just any American woman, it was about the Statue of Liberty. Year: 1970 Album: American Woman Writers: Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Garry Peterson and Randy Bachman Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman says that "American…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Brass in Pocket

WCSX Classic Cuts The Pretenders: "Brass in Pocket" The Hook: The title comes from something Chrissie Hynde overheard someone from another band saying after the first concert The Pretenders ever played. Album: The Pretenders Year: 1980 Writer: Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott Stats: The band's first U.S. single peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Evil Woman

WCSX Classic Cuts Electric Light Orchestra: "Evil Woman" The Hook: The band's original drummer thinks it was inspired by encountering groupies on tour in America, especially in California. Album: Face the Music Year: 1975 Writer: Jeff Lynne Stats: Peaked at number-10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: How did ELO's Jeff Lynne come to write…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Layla

WCSX Classic Cuts Derek and the Dominos: "Layla" The Hook: It's not your typical rock song -- they're playing in two different keys. Album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Year: 1971 Writers: Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon Stats: The original edited single peaked at number-51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Reissued a…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Rain Song

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "The Rain Song" The Hook: Required a more subtle approach than usual from the group's vocalist. Album: Houses of the Holy; a live version is on The Song Remains the Same Year: 1973/1976 Writers: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Stats: The seven-and-a-half-minute cut wasn't released as a single. Background: Robert…

WCSX Classic Cuts : I Can't Tell You Why

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "I Can't Tell You Why" The Hook: Bassist Timothy B. Schmit brought it to Don Henley and Glenn Frey and Henley finished the lyrics when Schmit got lazy. Album: The Long Run Year: 1971 Writers: Timothy B. Schmit, Glenn Frey and Don Henley Stats: Peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot…

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…