Ted Nugent (album)

Ted Nugent is the debut studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in September 1975, by Epic Records. It was released after the disbanding of his former group The Amboy Dukes.

Ted Nugent
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1975 (1975-09)[1]
StudioThe Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Ted Nugent chronology
Tooth Fang & Claw
Ted Nugent
Singles from Ted Nugent
  1. "Where Have You Been All My Life" / "Motor City Madhouse"
    Released: 1975
  2. "Hey Baby" / "Stormtroopin'"
    Released: 1975


Tired of The Amboy Dukes' lack of effort and discipline, Nugent decided he had enough and left the group. He took a three-month vacation (his first ever) clearing his head in the Colorado wilderness, spending his time deer hunting and enjoying the outdoors.[3] Renewed, Nugent returned to civilization in search of a new direction and a new band. Joining him in the Ted Nugent Band would be former Amboy Duke Rob Grange on bass, along with Cliff Davies (ex-If) on drums and finally, from a local Michigan band called Scott which had opened for the Dukes previously, a singer/guitarist named Derek St. Holmes.

The new group hit the road and then the studio, forming the songs which would send their first album into the Billboard Top 30 and into the multi-platinum range. The first track, "Stranglehold", would set the stage for Nugent's career: an eight-minute plus guitar attack with vocals by St. Holmes and Nugent, a long solo played on Nugent's Gibson Byrdland guitar recorded in one take and a unique phase bass guitar effect by Grange. St. Holmes' sang tracks such as "Queen of the Forest", "Hey Baby", "Just What the Doctor Ordered" and "Snakeskin Cowboys", the latter featuring an 8-string Hagström bass played by Grange, which would prove to be staples of the band's concert tours for years to come. "Motor City Madhouse" is an ode to Ted's hometown of Detroit.

The album was produced by Tom Werman and former If manager Lew Futterman. Nugent said about the album, "If anyone wanted to know what rock 'n roll was all about, that's the only album they'd need".[3]

"One had to recognize that there was a definite synergy between the band and Nugent", said producer Tom Werman.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Classic Rock     [4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[5]

In 2005, Ted Nugent was ranked number 487 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

"Stranglehold" has been ranked 31st greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World.[7]

Track listingEdit

All songs are credited as "written and arranged by Ted Nugent", except "Hey Baby", which is credited as "written and arranged by Derek St. Holmes". In Martin Popoff's book, Epic Ted Nugent, Nugent admits that "Stranglehold", was co-written by Rob Grange, who never received a royalty share.[3] Derek St. Holmes claims the album was co-written by the whole band, and that Nugent took sole credit as a way to not pay them royalties.[8]

Side one
3."Hey Baby"4:00
4."Just What the Doctor Ordered"3:43
Side two
5."Snakeskin Cowboys"4:38
6."Motor City Madhouse"4:30
7."Where Have You Been All My Life"4:04
8."You Make Me Feel Right at Home"2:54
9."Queen of the Forest"3:34
CD edition bonus track
10."Magic Party"2:55


Band members
Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 (US)[9] 28
UK Album Chart[10] 56


Year Title Chart Position
1976 "Hey Baby" Billboard Hot 100 (US)[11] 72


Country Organization Year Sales
U.S. RIAA 1986 2x Platinum (2,000,000)[12]
Canada CRIA 1978 Gold (50,000)[13]


  1. ^ "New LP/Tape Releases". Billboard. Billboard Publications, Inc.: 66 September 13, 1975.
  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  3. ^ a b c Popoff, Martin (2012). Epic Ted Nugent. Toronto, Canada: Power Chord Press. pp. 64–65.
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "Ted Nugent". Classic Rock. No. 76. p. 108.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 12. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  7. ^ "50 Greatest Guitar Solos". guitarworld.com. 2009-01-29. Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTb_yory7tc
  9. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ted Nugent Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "RIAA Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  13. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16.

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