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Nugent didn't sing lead on this. Derek St. Holmes, who was the vocalist with his band, did. Nugent resented the attention Holmes received on stage and eventually sang all the hits himself. His explanation: "There's only one alpha wolf, and that's me."
Right up there with "Thunderstruck
" as one of the most swaggering, guitar-driven rockers with manly appeal, the lyrics are rather violent, with the singer letting some poor girl know that he has the upper hand now, and is willing to burn her house down if he has to. Nugent claims the misogynist, violent lyrics were part of his act and should not be taken literally. This did not make women's groups feel any better.
Cross Canadian Ragweed did a cover of this song on their album Soul Gravy after the last song as a secret song. They also use it to do band intros at their concerts. (thanks, Cole - San Angelo, TX)
The song can be heard in a television commercial for the Volkswagen Jetta, which follows the history of a young guy's vehicle purchases from his first 10-speed bike to a questionably legal speedster. Years later, now a doting dad he chooses the Jetta after learning it is a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
This classic rocker features in a number of movies including Bad News Bears, Dazed and Confused, Invincible, Rock Star and Superbad.
Franti tells the story behind his hit "Say Hey (I Love You)" and explains why yoga is an integral part of his lifestyle and his Soulshine tour.