From his classic rock music to his public persona, Ted Nugent has made some lasting and assorted impacts. Mr. Nugent has been in the news lately, and the spotlight has been focused on his political ambitions. The latest newsworthy buzz puts Ted in a campaign up against none other than Kid Rock. The younger rocker’s name was reportedly dropped at a Michigan Republican party convention. The Michigan Republican committee member who first came up with the idea of Kid Rock as a Senate candidate said he has no inside info on whether the musician is interested in running. But another Michigan rocker is threatening to jump into the race. Ted Nugent, who has become as famous for his conservative politics as for his hits like “Cat Scratch Fever” told the Daily Caller, a 24-hour news publication, that he would consider running.
Nugent is not without controversy, as indicated in a 2014 press release from the Coeur d’Alene Casino in North Idaho:
Official Press Release:
Coeur d’Alene Casino Cancels Ted Nugent Appearance
Plummer, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene Casino is canceling Ted Nugent’s appearance scheduled for August 4. Nugent’s history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to Tribal Council’s attention earlier today. “The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always been about human rights – for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity. We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way,” said Chief Allan, Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for more election buzz clips, however, back to the music…
Beginning with Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes in the mid-sixties and their hit “Journey To The Center Of Your Mind”, Ted has put in his licks for quite awhile. After a second and third album went nowhere he split with The Dukes and struck out on his own in 1975.
The May Backtrack is Ted Nugent’s first solo album, released by Epic Records in September 1975. Nugent retreated from music and took a three-month vacation in Colorado, fishing and stalking prey in the wilderness. It was during these three years that Nugent emerged as a guitar hero to hard rock fans, many of whom were unaware of his lengthy apprenticeship with the Amboy Dukes. This band lineup toured extensively, also releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo! His love of outdoor life is well known and we’ll elaborate a bit later.
The eight-minute epic “Stranglehold” guitar classic was recorded in just one take and was ranked 31st greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World. Urban legend has it that “Queen of the Forest”, the final cut on the album, was the first rock song played by Dr. Johnny Fever on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati. The label released “Hey Baby” in 1976 and the single made it to number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. Over the years the album has sold well, and “Stranglehold” keeps hanging on, influencing perhaps more than one guitar hero wannabe. From Ted Nugent, which sold over two million copies, to Double Live Gonzo, a triple-platinum album in ’78, the band stood out as the definition of a “working man’s band” for hard rock fans.
After a stint in the late eighties with Damn Yankees, where the debut album went multi-platinum in the U.S., mostly on the strength of the smash power ballad “High Enough”, Nugent returned to his solo career and released Spirit Of The Wild in 1995. It received critical acclaim and the title again emphasized Nugent’s wild side. The title became the title of a reality television show Nugent created and appeared on the cable network Outdoor Channel. In 2003, he hosted the VH1 program Surviving Nugent, in which strangers from the city came to Nugent’s Michigan ranch in order to survive “backwoods” activities as building an outhouse or skinning a boar. His zero-tolerance attitude regarding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco is something he speaks of often, although he supports medicinal marijuana efforts and causes.
When we looked into the interactive stuff about Ted Nugent, we discovered right off the bat that his website is labeled “suspicious” by McAfee WebAdvisor. We wonder if Ted knows – or even cares – about this – so do not visit the website with his name in the domain. He also has a fan page on FaceBook and Twitter. Of course, the rockin’ MadMan has a YouTube channel and news items and posts about him and his political actions are found across the web.