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The group wrote this based on the bass line their bass player, Rushton Moreve, came up with. The only words he had written for it were, "I like my job, I like my baby." Lead singer John Kay wrote the rest of the lyrics. He got inspired when he put the demo tape in a home stereo system he bought with the royalties from their first album. That's where he came up with the line, "I like to dream, right between my sound machine."
This was the second big hit for Steppenwolf. "Born To Be Wild" was released a few months earlier. They were on different albums, with "Born To Be Wild" on their first and this on their second, although this was released well before their second album came out.
John Kay of Steppenwolf teamed up with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to do a 1988 Rap/Rock remake of this song. It was similar to the Run-D.M.C./Aerosmith mash-up of "Walk This Way
," which was released in 1986.
This song first appeared in a 1968 movie called Candy by the French director Christian Marquand. It starred Ewa Aulin, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Ringo Starr and Charles Aznavour. It's an extremely strange movie, definitely of it's time and kind of gives context to the song, intended or not. The movie was based on a popular counterculture novel. (thanks, Hugh - Dunstable)
In 2004, this was used in the "America Revolution" series of Chevy car commercials. (thanks, Joe - Los Angeles, CA)
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