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WCSX Classic Cuts : Gimme Back My Bullets

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Gimme Back My Bullets" The Hook: Some fans had the wrong idea about what kind of bullets they meant. Album: Gimme Back My Bullets Year: 1976 Writers: Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant Stats: Didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but got lots of rock radio airplay and became one of the band's classics. Background: The title track…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Already Gone

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Already Gone" The Hook: Glenn Frey, who sang it, says it's a textbook example of a country-rock song. Album: On the Border Year: 1974 Writers: Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund Stats: Peaked at number-32 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: After two albums recorded in England with producer Glyn Johns, who…

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 : Angel

WCSX Classic Cuts Aerosmith: "Angel" The Hook: Guitarist Brad Whitford worried whether the full band recording would be as powerful as the stripped down version he heard the first time it was played to him. Album: Permanent Vacation Year: 1987 Writers: Steven Tyler and Desmond Child Stats: Peaked at number-two on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll

WCSX Classic Cuts Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" The Hook: They were inspired to write a song about rock'n'roll by KISS's success with "Rock 'n' Roll All Night." Album: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Year: 1976 Writer: Tom Petty and Mike Campbell Stats: Not released as a single here in…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Another Park, Another Sunday

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doobie Brothers: "Another Park, Another Sunday" The Hook: The FM rock favorite was prevented from being a bigger pop hit because a line in it was perceived in Texas as too negative. Album: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits Year: 1974 Writer: Tom Johnston Stats: Peaked at number-32 the Billboard…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Back on the Chain Gang

WCSX Classic Cuts The Pretenders: "Back on the Chain Gang" The Hook: With bassist Pete Farndon fired, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dead and studio time booked, it was either throw in the towel or hire another guitarist and carry on. Album: Initially came out as a single, then on the King of Comedy soundtrack and then…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Show Me the Way / Baby I Love Your Way

WCSX Classic Cuts Peter Frampton: "Show Me the Way" and/or "Baby I Love Your Way" The Hook: Frampers breaks out of a Caribbean funk in a big way. Album: Frampton Comes Alive Year: 1976 Writer: Peter Frampton Stats: "Baby I Love Your Way" peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Show Me the Way"…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Blinded by the Light

WCSX Classic Cuts Manfred Mann's Earth Band: "Blinded by the Light" The Hook: A nightmare to record, they got the words wrong and Bruce probably didn't like it. The consolation? It went to number-one. Album: The Roaring Silence Year: 1976 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 and went to number one in…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All You Need Is Love

WCSX Classic Cuts The Beatles: "All You Need Is Love" The Hook: Now more than ever. Album: Magical Mystery Tour Year: 1967 Writer: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Background: If The Beatles have a signature song, it just may be "All You Need Is Love." Paul…