Stormtroopin'

Album: Ted Nugent (1975)

Songfacts®:

  • A track from Ted Nugent's first solo album, this is a song with political meaning, which is something Nugent avoids: even though he has very strong political views, he usually keeps it out of his songs, preferring to sing about sex, hunting and living with passion.

    He is very outspoken and not afraid to offend, so when High Times asked him about this song in 1977, he replied: "It's a combination of the Nazi thing, which has got to be the ultimate scam on earth. I deplore that scene and how they should have controlled themselves. Some f--kin' stormtroopers come down my street, Jack, they're dead. Got it? F--kin' Jews and everybody else that got taken, I have no sympathy, man. They should have armed themselves and crushed them pricks. So the idea is don't ever be stormtrooped, you do the Stormtroopin'."
  • Nugent points to this song as one where he makes a strong, meaningful statement, taking a position that many gun-rights advocates hold dear. "Big brother you can look, but don't f--k with me," he said to Sounds regarding this song's meaning. "Any f--kin' Nazi set-up ever tries to take over my neighborhood, Jack, there'll be a lot of f--kin' dead Nazis in the street."
  • As was the case on many of Nugent's early songs, lead vocals on "Stormtroopin'" were done by Derek St. Holmes.

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