Throughout 1995 and 1996 I was infatuated with the soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s Dazed And Confused – a ‘70s rock soundtrack that (mostly) avoids the cliché rock classics that tend to pop up on ‘70s nostalgia films to denote ‘youth’ or ‘attitude’.
As Linklater’s film deals with ‘youth’ and ‘attitude’ with not a great deal of story in-between, he has a lot of screen time to fill with songs like Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold. This is a killer song, with a solid groove laid down for the opportunity of a million and a half lead licks.
I don’t know too much else about Ted Nugent. He was a contemporary of Aerosmith (and played on their version of Milk Cow Blues from 1978’s Texxas Jam), and his singer Derek St. Holmes went on to record an album with Brad Whitford; but apart from those connections and his love of guns, I don’t know a thing about him.
I do know this album however, and it rocks. Simple groove-based guitar rock, with no frills.
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