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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
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Track List: All Time Greatest Hits

1. Born To Be Wild

2. Magic Carpet Ride

3. Sookie Sookie

4. Don't Step On The Grass, Sam

5. The Pusher

6. Rock Me

7. It's Never Too Late

8. Jupiter's Child

9. Hey Lawdy Mama

10. Snowblind Friend

11. Move Over

12. Tenderness

13. Who Needs Ya

14. Ride With Me

15. For Ladies Only

16. Screaming Night Hog

18. Straight Shootin' Woman

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Track List: 7

1. Ball Crusher

2. Forty Days And Forty Nights

3. Fat Jack

4. Renegade

5. Foggy Mental Breakdown

6. Snowblind Friend

7. Who Needs Ya

8. Earschplittenloudenboomer

9. Hippo Stomp

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Track List: At Your Birthday Party

1. Don't Cry

2. Chicken Wolf

3. Lovely Meter

4. Round And Down

5. It's Never Too Late

6. Sleeping Dreaming

7. Jupiter's Child

8. She'll Be Better

9. Cat Killer

10. Rock Me

11. God Fearing Man

12. Mango Juice

13. Happy Birthday

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Track List: Monster

1. Monster / Suicide / America

2. Draft Register

3. Power Play

4. Move Over

5. F*g

6. What Would You Do (If I Did That To You)

7. From Here To There Eventually

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Track List: Steppenwolf

1. Sookie Sookie

2. Everybody`S Next One

3. Berry Riders Again

4. Hoochie Koochie Man

5. Born To Be Wild

6. Your Wall`S Too High

7. Desperation

8. The Pusher

9. A Girl I Knew

10. Take What You Need

11. The Ostrich

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Track List: Steppenwolf The Second

1. Faster Than The Speed Of Life

2. Tighten Up Your Wig

3. None Of Your Doing

4. Spiritual Fantasy

5. Don't Step On The Grass, Sam

6. 28

7. Magic Carpet Ride

9. Lost And Found By Trial And Error

10. Hodge, Podge, Strained Through A Leslie

11. Resurrection

12. Reflections

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Track List: Steppenwolf Gold

Disc 1

1. Born To Be Wild

2. Sookie Sookie

3. Everybody's Next One

4. Your Wall's Too High

5. Desperation

6. The Pusher

7. The Ostrich

8. Take What You Need

9. Magic Carpet Ride

10. Don't Step On The Grass, Sam

11. Tighten Up Your Wig

12. It's Never Too Late

13. Jupiter's Child

14. Rock Me

15. Monster / Suicide / America

Disc 2

1. Move Over

2. Power Play

3. Hey Lawdy Mama

4. Snowblind Friend

5. Who Needs Ya

6. Renegade

7. Foggy Mental Breakdown

8. Hippo Stomp

9. Screaming Night Hog

10. For Ladies Only

11. Tenderness

12. Ride With Me

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Love it
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Makes me wanna go for a ride.
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barryspaeth
The alternating syncopating rhythm is great
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It don't get no better!!!!!! !
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LXA
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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I have seen Steppenwolf over 25 times an more.The Wolf is still alive an well just seen then in Milwaukee this past summer excellent show
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Saw Steppenwolf live, what a show!
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This song is so hippy 60s!!! I love it!
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Oh ya enjoyed by all.D.D..... .
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the song 'Desperation ' helped me alot
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Monster!! Love that double album this was on!!! In 1970 I took five songs off this album and convinced American literature teacher to have a class!/music / with lyrics!! Was great!!!
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We brought this song back in a bar band I was in.The kids thought we wrote it,It still Rocks.Off course we educated them on the origin of the tune.They started downloading it on there phones.
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S W 7 the pusher.F ya.
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The only steppenwolf ,magic carpet ride the best song they make, i love them.
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I love it their music in the 1968 ,that was a good time for me, i was around about 28 years old and I miss them.bring a back.
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Say iPhone five times Pick a color Post this on five other songs Look under your pillow
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Steppenwolf been kickin my a** for years!!!!
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I love the 1968,listen all day that group their music, and listen to, magic carpet ride all day and night with the same harmony, good luck and god bless them.
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Born to be Wild!!!!��
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1969 Woodstock here comes the 70s Rock on everyone
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Shake for me! Yeah! I want to be your backdoor man-woman
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Love hearing these songs so clearly. Agree with Chris, Magic Carpet Ride is a song you never get tired of.
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Hear it a thousand times; hope to hear it a thousand more!
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Band featured artist with best rock name ever- MARS BONFIRE!
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This is some great music
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dramyt
Awesome song
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awe yeah takes me back to partys behind the nike base in commerce, mi.
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great rock song
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First time I heard the lyrics heavy metal
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Love the song from intro to ending
Can't make songs like this anymore
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dkashmere
I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan from 1987-1991. The USO would fly Bands out to OKI for morale. This one band was great, Key-Board player was best I EVER heard live. I went to tell him he was amazing. He quietly told me he was Goldie McJohn from the original Steppenwolf. I then recognized his face/curly hair. BLOWN-AWAY. Told me incredible stories about drug-additio n / a l c o h o l / E T C . Born-Again and would not even drink a beer. Still have his Auto-Graph on beer coaster. RIP Goldie!!!
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Hell ya.classic SwOLF
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Saw them 2x in Philly in the 60's. Even caught John's brother Thomas Jefferson Kay in a small club. A talent in his own right.
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Omg! Loved this then and Now!
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I love pandora music and the way the best record the play.
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kirk5028
My favorite song of all time
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B2BW: Their best iconic song, then: Magic Carpet Ride, The Pusher, Speed of Life
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I used to like the Cult, I never knew they covered Magic Carpet Ride, but it fits right in w/the Cult's style.
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gryphion1963
One of the best uses of movie music!! Star Trek: First Contact - Zefram Cochrane plays Magic Carpet Ride during the launch of Earth's first warp ship, the Phoenix, in 2063.
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I love the song Born to be wild! I haven't heard this song in so long. Still love this song!
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I'm so excited! I love having the lyrics back.
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gorddental
don't forget about larry byrum
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I LOVE THIS BAND!!!! Born to be Wild(;
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born ro be wild
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Love hearing Magic Carpet Ride, it always makes me think of summer :-)
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The only one that I have a great memories of that group is the sound of their music.
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Born to be wild is the jam! Love that drum solo! Grade school memories.
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How bout snowblind friend
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And told us of the Monster on the loose America Where are you now
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