Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Bad Company

WCSX Classic Cuts Bad Company: "Bad Company" The Hook: London boys pretend they're bad-asses out of a spaghetti western. Year: 1973 Album: Bad Company Writers: Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers Stats: Released as the third single from BadCo's debut album, it didn't chart in America but got plenty of FM rock radio airplay. Background: Bad…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All the Young Dudes

WCSX Classic Cuts Mott the Hoople: "All the Young Dudes" The Hook: The song that saved the band...for a few more very productive years. Album: All the Young Dudes Year: 1972 Writer: David Bowie Stats: Peaked at number-37 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: When David Bowie heard that one of his favorite bands was…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Best of My Love

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Best of My Love" The Hook: Their first number-one, it surprised some band members that it was even released as a single. Album: On the Border Year: 1974 Writer: Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther Stats: The third single off On the Border, it topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Another One Bites the Dust

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "Another One Bites the Dust" The Hook: Michael Jackson told them it was a hit. Drummer Roger Taylor didn't believe him. Taylor was wrong. Album: The Game Year: 1980 Writer: John Deacon Stats: The band's second U.S. number-one, it's their biggest-selling single at more than seven million copies. Background: Queen bassist…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

WCSX Classic Cuts Elton John: "Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding" The Hook: The two songs weren't written with each other in mind. Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Year: 1973 Writers: Elton John andBernie Taupin Stats: At more than 11 minutes combined, it was way too long for a single, but received plenty of rock radio airplay. Background: Although they…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Who Are You

WCSX Classic Cuts The Who: "Who Are You" The Hook: A troubled record for Keith Moon, but Roger Daltrey says that what he did play "was brilliant," Album: Who Are You Year: 1978 Writer: Pete Townshend Stats: Peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's third-highest-charting single behind "I Can See for Miles" and "See Me, Feel Me." Background: The success of Who Are You's title…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Cocaine

WCSX Classic Cuts Eric Clapton: "Cocaine" The Hook: Recording it was easy. Everyone was smiling and knew they'd got it right. Album: Slowhand (studio) and Just One Night (live) Year: 1977 (studio) 1979 (live) Writer: J.J. Cale Stats: The studio recording wasn't the single, but the live on peaked at number-30 on the Billboard Hot…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rock Me

WCSX Classic Cuts Steppenwolf: "Rock Me" The Hook: It was written for the 1968 movie Candy and, through good timing, became a Top 10 hit. Album: First appeared on the Candy soundtrack, then Steppenwolf's At Your Birthday Party. Year: 1969 Writer: John Kay Stats: Peaked at number-10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The 1968 movie Candy is known to music fans for the acting role by Ringo Starr and also…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All Revved Up with No Place to Go

WCSX Classic Cuts Meat Loaf: "All Revved Up with No Place to Go" The Hook: Jim Steinman was ill while it was being arranged, so Meat Loaf and Todd Rundgren turned it into a sort of Southern Rock song. Album: Bat Out of Hell Year: 1977 Writer: Jim Steinman Stats: Never released as a single. Background: Meat Loaf explains why songwriter Jim Steinman left the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All Good People

WCSX Classic Cuts Yes: "All Good People" The Hook: The band's audience were "all good people." Album: The Yes Album Year: 1971 Writers: Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford and Tony Kaye Stats: "Your Move," the first section of the two-part "I've Seen All Good People," was released as a single and gave…