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The Ides Of March

Chicago's Ides of March burst onto the national scene in 1970 with the million-selling single "Vehicle," a tune that bore more than a passing resemblance to the then mega-selling Blood, Sweat & Tears. But the band's pedigree went back further than BS&T's, and with a much different origin. Formed in the mid-'60s in the Windy City, the original Ides were put together by founding member Jim Peterik as a teen band, strong on original material and British pop harmonies. Soon the band was recording for London's Parrot Records subsidiary, releasing five singles between 1966 and 1967, including the local hit "You Wouldn't Listen." By the late '60s, however, Peterik had reconfigured the band to include a full horn section, and a new sound and style for the band were born. Ever the crafty commercial songwriter, Peterik fashioned a new single, "Vehicle," to showcase this sound, which mirrored the success of horn rock bands like Chase and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The record was a huge hit, spawning the sound-alike follow-up "Superman." The other chart hit for the group (and a complete about-face from the horn-dominated sound of "Vehicle") was the wistful "L.A. Goodbye." Personnel problems and a label shift to RCA Victor spelled the end of the band as Peterik eased into the 1980s in the role of producer/songwriter, penning several hits for the likes of .38 Special and others. The group re-formed in 1993 to record an album of new material and recuts of hits going all the way back to "You Wouldn't Listen," and in the following years Peterik remained active both as a tunesmith and producer. Meanwhile, the Ides of March have continued to tour in the years following the turn of the millennium. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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WHAT A FANTASTIC SONG!!! ONE OF THE BEST ONE HIT WONDERS!!!!! ! !
Great God in heaven you know I love you...
CX I play trumpet, I had to learn and play this song for jazz; it was awesome!!! <3
As a Drummer I gotta say ....Listen to that beat! Its the Most Exciting and Quite Rocking dont cha think?
Vehicle takes me back 40 years when we got straight superiors for marching band at new Smyrna High.It was my all time favorite tune we ever played.
Up there with Chicago"s brass section..lov e em
A Timeless Classic...
Awesome
Great God in Heaven, this song still sounds Good!!
I graduated with Scott May from Morton East Class of 72.... These guys rock!
headhunter_6 0 1 8 8
Peterick is a gift. Never left the Chicago area, continues to perform & produce - and hey, why wasn't 'Survivor' mentioned in his bio???
This was my jam back in the 8th grade! These guys wete soulful and they full of funk! Where have all these groups these days?? Love it!
Two thumbs up*
trixiegirl48
I <3 this song!
I love this song and this song be for my girlfriend
Pandora should have a two thumbs up Button!
What a great song!
Good Song and yet the words are disturbing.
Wow !! I never new who sing this song. I didn't no their white. That's really blue eye soul :-)
Pimping will take u straight 2 hell...
from one zombie to another, this is alright.
I took it on faith this was BS&T till early last year, and I was alive when this song came out.
Love the use of a horn section ;i.e.the likes of BS&T. Hard to believe it has been nearly 50 years since the group was formed. Rock on !!!
nik_dangr
For forty years I thought that song was by BS&T. One bong hit too many.

Naaaaaah.
michaelrocks 6 8
Loved these guys in the 70s and they still sound relevent in 2011!!!
Thats fricking impressive!! ! !
First time hearing the Ides of March, caught Like It or Lump It and loved it....blown away today.
Today's the Ides of March, and I'm gonna listen to Vehicle on end for the whole day in its honor.
jdrenning
one of those tunes and always will be
Still my FAVORITE song to hear pop up on radio. I can't help but zap the volume no matter who is in ths car with me. I LOVE IT!!
Had the pleasure of meeting this band in 1970. My band backed them up in the Iowa Lakes area while they were on tour.
johnnyohania n
LIKE IT OR LUMP IT has a real teen-age garage sound with cheap jangly guitars, crapily played... love this crap.
hmiller759
It's got that Chicago sound - - lots of jazz, and plenty of soul.
garyldavis77 7
one ofchicagosbe s t
this song's got soul. Great tune! Great god in heaven I love you!
thyis is one of my very favorite
this is new to me, but I like it - A lot
VEHICLE ROCKS!
b_38_k
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for playing the Ides of March version! Made a great start to my Friday and made this Chigirl very happy. Bless you!
Chicago never captured that music scene again. Most musicians that make it out of Chicago now move away. Making it out of Chicago nowadays is HARD!
seanpberry
Great group--I grew up in central Illinois-- no better music than what came out of the Chicago area in the 60's-- New Colony Six, Buckinghams, Cryan Shames---
flybynightpr o d
I'm from Wisconsin. I met Jim Peterik in 1965. We still have a friendship to this day. The original band from 1964 still play many gigs to this day. A must see live show.

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