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Steppenwolf

Led by John Kay (born Joachim Krauledat, April 12, 1944), Steppenwolf's blazing biker anthem "Born to Be Wild" roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968, John Kay's threatening rasp sounding a mesmerizing call to arms to the counterculture movement rapidly sprouting up nationwide. German immigrant Kay got his professional start in a bluesy Toronto band called Sparrow, recording for Columbia in 1966. After Sparrow disbanded, Kay relocated to the West Coast and formed Steppenwolf, named after the Herman Hesse novel. "Born to Be Wild," their third single on ABC-Dunhill, was immortalized on the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper's underground film classic Easy Rider. The song's reference to "heavy metal thunder" finally gave an assignable name to an emerging genre. Steppenwolf's second monster hit that year, the psychedelic "Magic Carpet Ride," and the follow-ups "Rock Me," "Move Over," and "Hey Lawdy Mama" further established the band's credibility on the hard rock circuit. By the early '70s, Steppenwolf ran out of steam and disbanded. Kay continued to record solo, as other members put together ersatz versions of the band for touring purposes. During the mid-'80s Kay re-formed his own version of Steppenwolf, grinding out his hits (and some new songs) at oldies shows. Nevertheless, they'll be remembered for generations to come for creating one of the ultimate gas'n'go rock anthems of all time. ~ Bill Dahl & Cub Koda, Rovi
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avereemarie
If you were born after 1990 the only way have heard this music is probably because your dad turned you on to it !
It's Never Too Late Awesome song that I hadn't heard in 40 years! Took me right back.
good memories...h e a v y metal thunder.
perez1340
Have you all heard the "CULT'S version....a w e s o m e
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
dragonlady60 8 8
easy rider
dragonlady60 8 8
love. stepenwolf.. . . . r i d e . . w i t h pride
Born to be wild
AWESOME BAND
ladybugc86
Let the sound take you away.....
tenamgray8
YES!
Black lights, posters all over the rm. Red bud!!! That was & I made it!!!
Born to be wild
Steppenwolf reminds me of the many times that I stepped in dog poop.
You have to be High to enjoy Steppenwolf
We droped acid to this music Steppenwolf
This is the real weed music from yesteryear
We were Flower Children Then . VW Buses . With Flowers on them headed to NewxYourk State to the Big Bash . Jimmy Hindricks
Steppenwolf was in the years wen we staid stoned . Pot & Acid . Years . Good times .
Ohhhhhhh Yeeahhhhh MMMMMMhhhhhh h h h h h h h Alright getty getty getty getty on up
hoches
saw him live and still remember the energy
Born to b wild. Good song
Enough the flashbacks!! ! Haha
Theme song for opening credits or somewhere was steppenwolf born to be wild...

Yet recall there being several songs plastered into ambience for Easy Rider so... More digging yet whatever tragic ending
The truth gets so distorted. The Sparrows hired John Kay to be their vocalist in the studio. After the recording John Kay, who already had an in with the label , fired the band. All of the original hits were actually Sparrow's. John Kay may have contributed some lyrics but it was still the Sparrow's album.This may have something to do with the demise of Stteppenwolf .
What I meant to say wasn't this song in Easy rider that was Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper
What is the song in Easy Rider she with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close you hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 diff songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Great music, yes.
I wish bands had the talent to make music like this now days. It would be a wonderful world.
Nascar Thunder 2003
Saw them l980 in Chicago with Iron Butterly and Spirit. All three bands were tremendous-v e r y impressive!! For encore members from all three bands came out for a jam-very cool!!!
Stephenwolf 7.cut em if he stand shoot em if he run then kill em with my bible.fing incredible lyrics.luv it.D.D.....
Most of their other songs are better than born to be wild or majic carpet ride radio has worn these songs out, still gets you going. Monster the 70's wow! One of the best bands ever, rock on!!!!
cnobler
Steppenwolf 'a first LP was the ultimate bad boy record for my 8th grade buddies and I. We loved John Kays vocals but what really blew us away was teenager Michael Monarch and his awesome lead guitar licks on Hootchie Cootchie Man and the Pusher. And who wouldn't dig organist Goldie McJohn and his white Afro. The definition of COOL
Magic Carpet Ride is true to it's name. It is a magic carpet ride.
My current age is 61. I love the heady times of Steppenwolf. Good music. Good times. Good living.
Born to Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Rock Me, It's Never Too Late, Don't Step on the Grass Sam, The Pusher, Monster/Suic i d e / A m e r i c a
high times indeed.
Like to. Change artists
carrnut4
Can't Drive 55 when this song comes on the radio
Awesome guitar! Awesome band!
Perfect song for the movie Easy Rider!
This song is my life! ����
Funny thing happens when Born to be wild comes on the radio, suddenly I am driving 10-15 miles per hour faster.
Was at a Steppenwolf concert in the spring of '79 at GWU the night before I learned my oldest brother died. Still feel like he was there with me. He was 3000 miles away.
classic!
Born to be wild was a good song too!
mneas4
Awsome time to be a teenager in the USA, I loved and miss it
WHAT A BAND. STARTED IN A GARAGE!!!!
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