This song has a claim to fame as the first hit to use Auto-Tune to create an intentionally distorted sound. Auto-Tune software was introduced in 1997 as a way for producers to correct vocal pitch on the fly, a development that meant fewer takes and pitch-perfect vocals every time. With an extreme setting, the voice would come out distorted, which suited Kid Rock on this track because he was not a gifted singer. The effect sounded similar to the vocoder effects heard on classic songs like "Radio Ga Ga
" and "Let's Groove
," but with a more organic sound that preserved some of the vocal. Soon after Devil Without A Cause
was released, Cher issued her Believe
album with a title track
that used Auto-Tune distortion to create an ear-catching sound. The device soon became used regularly to create this effect, not just to correct vocals.