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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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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!!!!
Still a great classic.D.D.
cheribryan50
Steppenwolf is awesome road trip music
Easy rider!!!
Steppenwolf is classic road trip music.
I like smoke and lightnin
Heavy metal thunder
Magic Carpet Ride: I love this song
still f**kin rocks
What about the album monster?
Sadly our local station in Portland Maine (WBLM) only plays Born to Be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride.
bandrewherbe r g
A combination of lyrics, music and style that was underrated and overlooked, but should hold the same or higher status that the Doors have somehow accomplished as a major voice of the era.
Yes I'm on that straight spore!! If you don't know what I'm talking about. stay away OK.
I love this song it brings back so many memories
Was my very first concert in 1971. They rocked my world through the 70's.
Anyone who calls Steppenwolf a one hit wonder has clearly never tried to have a career in the music industry. It's dismissive and nearly means they have nothing to add to conversation but the peck of a few keys on a keyboard using the most overused cliche of blasé critics who could never put out a song of note . You are the one hit wonder .
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
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