Free For All

Album: Free For All (1976)

Songfacts®:

  • Before achieving fame as a solo artist, Meat Loaf sang lead on all the tracks on this album except this one, which Nugent sang. Nugent's previous album featured vocals by Derek St. Holmes, but he left in a dispute shortly before recording Free For All, giving the then-unknown Meat Loaf a chance.
  • Though Ted Nugent wrote the lyrics that included "Stakes are high, and so am I," he has never done drugs in his life, and has a strong stance against drugs, drinking, and fat chicks.
  • This was covered by Damnocracy, a supergroup featuring Ted Nugent, Scott Ian, Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham, and Evan Seinfeld, that was put together for a reality show. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM, for above 2

Comments: 8

  • Marcus T from Santa Clarita CaliforniaWhen Free for All was being produced band members Derek St Holmes, Rob Grange and Cliff Davies wanted some recognition and wanted to be called Ted Nugent and the Band. Ted's manager said no and the band quit before the album was completed. Needing to lay down a few vocal tracks for the album they brought in Meatloaf and paid him 1000 bucks. He received no credit on the album whatsoever. Both Holmes and Meatloaf are on the album. Biggest mistake Ted ever made was not keeping that band together. They were a tight group. Ted's Stranglehold album was the best
  • Martin from Rockford, Ilit is not a fact that meatloaf sings all the songs except for free for all. Free for all is the only song Ted sings. Derek St Holmes sings dog eat dog, light my way, and turn it up.
  • Pat from St. Paul, MnVery last line of the song - "Beat me, beat me, come on eat me." Classic.
  • David from Petaluma, Ca@Geo
    He should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but like any other such event ie: Oscars, Academy Awards, Grammy's, if you are a rebel, and Ted sure is, no amount of talent will get you inducted or so honored. But if you ask Ted I bet he would say something like "f--k'em they just don't like me and my guns. I am happy someone like Ted, in his celebrity position, stands up vehemently to the press and anyone else who questions his motives and rights to own guns and hunt for food. Ted kills no animal he isn't going to eat.
  • Lester from New York City, NyNugey's best album. Together, I Love You So I Told You A Lie, Hammerdown, and Writing On The Wall are tremendous tunes. Meatloaf's vocals are great. I can see why Nugent's big ego couldn't handle having Meatloaf around. Ted doesn't do any of those songs in concert because he can't sing them.
  • Geo from Altoona, PaTed Nugent is an advocate against drugs and alcohol...and an avid hunter...the biggest question is ...Why isn't he in the rock and roll hall of fame.????
  • Guilliermo from New York, NyI know it's not all about me, but.... when I 1st heard this song, I was a Jr. in High School (as I'm sure was much of Nugent's target audiance. To me Cat Scratch, Wang Dang etc., and this, were veritable anthems of, it's-ok-to-lust. The opening riff may as well have been the hormones raging through an adolescent body.
  • Sled from St. Louis, Mo"It's a free-for-all and the height of sin"
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