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  • May 08 2018 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Inducting Songs Now—"Born To Be Wild" First In

    Born to Be Wild

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Inducting Songs Now—Here are the First Six

    In a new category, the Hall honored six singles that shaped the course of music.

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2018 Saturday night in Cleveland, rolling out the red carpet for The Cars, The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (though as usual, not for these three criminally neglected bands). It was all fairly standard procedure—long speeches, a reunion or two, a no-show or two, and a lot of hair dye. This year was a little different, though, as the Hall also officially recognized singles for the first time, creating a new (and seemingly limitless) category for songs that shaped the course of rock music, from a couple of the earliest to some psych-rock staples of the ‘60s. The first class of singles—all by artists who aren’t in the Hall of Fame—was introduced by Stevie Van Zandt, who called it “kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox; records by artists not in the Rock Hall, which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

    The inaugural class comprised six singles: “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (who were actually Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm band); “Rumble,” by Link Wray; “The Twist,” by Chubby Checker; “Louie Louie,” by The Kingsmen; “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” by Procol Harum, and “Born to Be Wild,” by Steppenwolf.

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  • Mar 28 2018 CD Review: John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf at 50

    Iron City Rocks Review

    The Grammy for best album cover goes to….John Kay and Steppenwolf. Without question the artwork of the year. The market has not been super-saturated with reissues and repacking of Steppenwolf. Having said that it, it becomes easy to overlook a band that has been alive and kicking (hard) for 50 years. Steppenwolf at 50 is a 3 CD collect that goes way beyond US radio staples “Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”. In fact the two songs are not presented in their original form. What you do get is some overlooked John Kay & Co songs from their 80’s album, some deeper tracks from the 60’s and 70’s and an entire disk of the band live in the 90’s. There are collaborations (Grandmaster Flash and the band), cover songs (“Drift Away”) and probably best of all….nothing obvious. If you a listener that thinks you know Steppenwolf from your terrestrial radio, you don’t know this band…at all.

     

     

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Welcome to Steppenwolf

In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for almost five decades.

In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems.