Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

WCSX Classic Cuts Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" The Hook: For some reason it was left off Petty's Hard Promises, much to the chagrin of co-writer Mike Campbell, but it worked out in the end. Album: Bella Donna Year: 1981 Writers: Tom Petty and Mike Campbell Stats:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Simple Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Simple Man" The Hook: Their producer didn't want them to do the song, so they kicked him out of the studio and recorded it themselves. Album: (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd) Year: 1973 Writers: Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington Stats: Though never released as a single, it's reported to be the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

WCSX Classic Cuts Police: "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" The Hook: One of the band's most misunderstood songs. Album: Zenyatta Mondatta Year: 1980 Writer: Sting Stats: Peaked at number-10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: In the past, Sting has called "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" one of his…

WCSX Classic Cuts : A New Day Yesterday

WCSX Classic Cuts Jethro Tull: "A New Day Yesterday" The Hook: Guitarist Martin Barre says it took some ingenuity in the studio to create the song's swirling guitar sound. Album: Stand Up Year: 1969 Writer: Ian Anderson Stats: A concert and FM rock radio staple, it never was released as a single. Background: Jethro Tull's…

WCSX Classic Cuts : You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

WCSX Classic Cuts Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" The Hook: Never meant for public consumption, it became the band's biggest hit. Album: Not Fragile Year: 1974 Writer: Randy Bachman Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Background: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was a song BTO initially recorded to get the proper sound levels…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Whatever Gets You Through the Night

WCSX Classic Cuts John Lennon: "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" The Hook: Clever enough to go to number-one. Album: Walls and Bridges Year: 1974 Writer: John Lennon Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Background: "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" was Lennon's only number-one solo single in the U.S. Yoko Ono tells why she…

WCSX Classic Cuts : I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)

WCSX Classic Cuts Grand Funk Railroad: "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)" The Hook: Faced with uncertainty, Grand Funk's captain -- er, manager and producer -- Terry Knight turns to a trumpet player from a Cleveland TV show and that city's Symphony Orchestra to steer the ship home safely. The band is blown away by…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Don't Stop Believin'

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Don't Stop Believin'" The Hook: Singer Steve Perry thinks it "couldn't have been better." Its enduring popularity bears him out. Year: 1981 Album: Escape Writers: Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal Schon Stats: Reached number-nine on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in 1981. As of 2011, it had sold more than five-million…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rock and Roll All Nite

WCSX Classic Cuts Kiss: "Rock and Roll All Nite" Hook: And we party every day. Released: 1975 Album: Dressed to Kill Writers: Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Stats: The studio version from Dressed to Kill peaked at number-68 on the Billboard Hot 100, but the Alive version went to number-12. Background: Ordered by the head…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Sparks

WCSX Classic Cuts The Who: "Sparks" The Hook: The product of a challenge Pete Townshend gave to himself to regularly come up with demos for The Who. Album: Tommy Year: 1969 Writer: Pete Townshend Stats: Never released as a single. Background: During the late '60s, Pete Townshend lived in the Belgravia section of London, where…