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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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Magic Carpet Ride AND Born to Be Wild. Yes. I LOVE THIS SONG
born to be wild
daviesconstr u c t i o n
Lived through Vietnam War 69-70 listening to them. Kept me alive.
John Kay suing Donald Trump for stealing his quote ............ . . Y O U R FIRED!
josephsantos 6 7
So where in the fuckingworld is the crystal meth. (lol)!
I remember Magic Carpet Ride from a baseball video game
True Biker Tunes... I love it!! Only the chosen few can appreciate this emancipation of f'n freedom on the open ROAD!!!!!
leilanilouis e
I was born to be wild!!!!!!
zremick4
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually worksDon't read this because it actually works. You will b
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Underrated band---more to them than Magic Carpet Ride and Born... Try Monster or The Pusher. Their version of Snowblind Friend is much better than Hoyt Axton's (and that's saying something). Even the pop stuff (Rock Me; Hey Lawdy Mama) still sounds good over the (Pandora) radio.Saw them at the NY Academy of Music in 1970--if memory serves me (it probably doesn't), opening acts were the Byrds and Bonnie Raitt?
Awesome song to chill to. ♡♡
Monster , the true story of AMERICA . Presented in rock and roll . Love it !!
theanswer_pa t
LCA
John Kay and his sunglasses were so boss.
They were the first rock albums I bought back when in '68. I almost wish though that radio stations would scrap Born To Be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride and dust off some of their other great stuff.
mark-kane0
I saw Sparrow play at the Lemington Hotel in Oakland !!! Great show in the 60's
They were my first concert
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. now that you started reading this so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on your screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Steppe wolf magic carpet ride.
follow for follow.
historygeek9 7
Anyone remember this from Nascar Thunder 2003?
rickycopelan d
My all-time favorite group.John Kay has an amazing story.
Getyourmotor r u n n i n g ! ! !
my first album after thr lettermen
dlockwood3
One of the defining bands of my youth - absolutely great!
yup great classic rock toons
Great classic rock and roll.
Fell in love with 'Monster' on a trip to Colorado in '71. Album was one of only 2 8-track tapes that worked for a 4 week road trip ( other was 'Let It Be purchased in Aspen). Lyrics are both a history of the United States and an indictment of the government that seems to fit more today than ever.
i think this was one the songs from the movie of Austin powers and the spy who shagged me
kvons1
Don't Step On The Grass Sam---finall y the STATES are stepping up & SMARTING up! Congrats to Colorado!!! After 60+ yrs. of Uncle Sam's unfathomable wasted BILLIONS of our tax dollars and time on their retarded Reefer Madness scare tactics programs, all we need to do now is get them to remove their heads from their anuses!!!
1kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this fifteen more songs and on the day you said you will be asked out by your crush
I was 8 years old when this came out- Steppanwolf was absolutely a foundation block in my music choices.
mark-kane0
I saw Sparrow play in Oakland way back then, and it was loud for the 60s
Most people probably didn't know that the country & western singer/songw r i t e r Hoyt Axton wrote the song The Pusher. Guess maybe he had an affair with the needle & spoon, or lost someone close who did.
From the movie problem child love this song
gusdlgarza
Family ties michael j fox I love so much
where have you people been all my life?
golson1016
The pusher rocks... sends chills
gusdlgarza
Spin city
Listen to Monster these lyrics could have been written about the US today?
gusdlgarza
Family ties I love love love love love love love love love michael j fox as Alex p Kenton on family ties
pfarley731
This was ALMOST my senior class song which I would have had to sing slow at graduation!
saw them at the Fillmore East in NYC sometime in the late 60's. Absolutely awesome..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I was in love with Jon Kay.
vic_dlg
Spin city
good song to ride your motorcycle to
this song played in Supernatural ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
kvons1
Don't Step on The Grass Sam------tru e then--true NOW!
Saw them at the Olympia in Detroit in 70s. My niece played Born to Be Wild as her wedding reception entrance song in 90s.
year of active duty USN PBR west pac love this song brings back some memories to this old hippie warrior!
Saw them in concert in San Diego must have been around 1968? Dates get confusing from the 60's. They were a fun band to see in concert. I don't believe that anyone thought them great musicians or even a spectacular band. But, they did capture the spirit of those days. Good times.
a few years ago, john kay was playing bluegrass
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