Highway Star

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  • This song is about a man and his love for his high-powered car, which he says can out-race every other car. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Michael - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • This was written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, and Roger Glover. It may have been inspired by Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild," and along with "Radar Love" is one of the most famous driving songs in rock.
  • According to Roger Glover, they wrote this song on their tour bus on the way to a gig at the Portsmouth Guildhall (in the UK), on September 13, 1971, where they debuted the song. They wrote it because they were getting sick of their opening number, "Speed King," and "Highway Star" became the new opener for their shows. The song evolved through live performances, and was recorded for the Machine Head album in December 1971.
  • Many people consider this the first "Speed Metal" song, a division of Heavy Metal and a genré later popularized by bands such as Motorhead and Metallica.
  • The guitar solo in this song was ranked #19 in the List of 100 Greatest Guitar Solos by Guitar World magazine. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Xavier - Pune, India
  • This has been featured in several episodes of That '70s Show.
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  • Curtly from Redcar, EnglandIts all about amphetamines (speed), for example '8 cylinders all mine' referring to speed in capsule form .And 'on the road again' meaning being on speed ,and of course the reference to 'speed inside my brain' .The car is a metaphor for a person being on speed. Body control as well referring to the fluency you have whilst on speed.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxOne of many songs a friend of mine called "music to bend the speed limit by."
  • Ray from Ccs, VenezuelaMy favorite guitar solo! Ritchie Blackmore is the greatest guitar player ever! He´s got the feeling, technique and breakneck speed!
  • Christopher from Santiago, ChileMaybe there's one allusion to drugs on the line "I have speed inside my brain". Speed is a slang to amphetamines. Anyway, this song is awesome and it's fun to play on Rock Band, too.
  • Mike from Stevenson Ranch, CaIf Madonna can get into the Hall Of Fame then why cant these guys these guys are the best when it comes to hard rock
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnThe whole song is pretty Awesome! particularly the drumming!
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaPretty obvious he intends the ambiguity. . .

    Both are his alone; both give him joy; Both have speed. . .

    This & Child in Time are my two fave Deep Purple songs (DP being my fave group of al)
  • Dave from Huntington Beach, CaYes, the song implies that Ian Gillan is singing about a car - but there is also ambiguity used here. He makes frequent comparisons to his girl throughout, some which are overtly suggestive (I "seed" her, for instance). One could easily argue that the lyrics are written from a teenage male perspective, a person confused as to what is more important - as they both are "fast" and make him feel good. Is this "his car" or is it "his girlfriend" ? Perhaps they are both one in the same, and that is the whole point.
  • Scott from London, OnRe: Daniel, Charlotte. The entire keyboards for this album were in fact played through a Marshall amplifier and not the standard Leslie's that are common with keyboards.
  • Al from Bumfuque, Bhutanthe live version of this song on MADE IN JAPAN is flat out stoopid sick! it is punk rock in the solo, total whammy bar noise at the end. check out YOUTH YOUTH YOUTH by Generation X. definitely influenced by this tune.
  • Brunospfc from Maxassucetiz, Burkina FasoIf you know this song and never hear that while driving a good car in high speed, you dont understand it 100%
  • Tim from Santa Maria, CaThis is easily one of the most awesome songs to play on Rock Band. That solo is just too awesome for words.
  • Sharkman from Livonia, MiA guitar solo is a song within a song. It has a beginning and an end, and somewhere in between, it has to inspire some kind of emotional response from the listener. Highway Star does all this and more, which is why it is so highly regarded.
  • Michael from Morris County, NjGReat song. Really grasps the power and energy of hard rock.
  • Greg from Port St. Lucie, Flthis was rated as the No. 8 guitar solo of all time on DigitalDreamDoor.com
  • Daniel from Charlotte, NcThe organ solo is awesome, it sounds like they put it through a guitar amp
  • Sam from Lincoln, NeRitchie Blackmore's guitar solo is very reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen's fingertapping in "Eruption". Kinda makes you wonder.
  • V-starr from ?????????, MiCool song... but its kinda hard trying to get that solo down on Rock Band
  • Soutiman from Mumbai, IndiaIt's a superb hard rock song, which is absolutely an anthem. I'll make my kids listen to it and they better like it too.
  • Matthew from Milford, MaThis song is playable in Elite Beat Agents. Seriously, what kind of stupid dog falls asleep on the back of a pickup truck?
  • P from Z, United Statesthis was featured on a car racing game on snes called rock n roll racing.
  • Mike from Hueytown , Alcool song.....rarely played on the radio
  • Dougie from Delhi, IndiaIn his autobiography Gillan writes that the band hired a bus to take them and some journalists to a gig in Portsmouth. One journalist asked how they go about writing a song, so Blackmore started strumming on the guitar and Gillan just started singing adlib. They refined it and by the end of the night had Highway Star. In the sleeve notes for a live album it adds that they rehearsed it at soundcheck.
  • Eric Forman from Steven's Point, WiIt was featured on the Dazed & Confused soundtrack album.
  • Justin from Albany, NyThis is by far my favorite song by deep purple. Both solos are incredible, the keyboard solo and the guitar solo.
  • Sindre from MosjÃ?en, NorwayWell... What is there to say...? It's a great song, and the theme speaks for itself. If in doubt, get a hold of the "Deep Purple" - 71'-72" DVD. Gillan clearly states that the song is about "racing around and having fun," or something
  • No_id_please from Hippy Town, Cothis song is really good but not as well knwn as it should be.
  • Devon from Westerville, OhHighway star is a sweet song. One of my favorites from Purple. The solo is awesome.
  • Miro Jones from Joinville, ScYou're wrong. Gillan said that this song was composed on the touring bus when a reporter asked him how they do make music. At the same time Blackmore was playing a steady note (G) and Gillan started singing a melody that you know as Highway Star...
  • Halmyre from Dunfermline, ScotlandHighway Star was written while on the way to a concert; it was played that same night.
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