As we've taken to asking visitors of the city lately, we recently requested that Ted Nugent--the axe-wielding, gun-toting, libertarian-leaning songwriter playing the Emerald Queen Casino next week--send us the 10 most-played songs in his iTunes library. In response, Nugent sent us a variation on our request. Here's what he said:
Nugent: "I don't Pod. But on my CD player are:"
1. "I Still Believe." My killer new song that is the title of our 2011 NugeTour celebrating the original American Way of definitive freedom, rugged individualism, the Herculean work ethic and productivity drive, pure independent defiance, and the musical soundtrack to go with it.
2. "I Love My BBQ." My other killer new song that celebrates the grillfest that is the Nugent family and band-rehearsal lifestyle: Pure dead critters on the grill with constant bursts of small-weapons fire. It is spiritual inspiration for the best R&B&R&R on earth.
3. "Jenny Take a Ride!" by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: A throttling masterpiece of ultra-high-energy MotorCity R&B&R&R that drives me wild.
4. "We're an American Band," by Grand Funk Railroad: For the same wonderful reasons above.
5. "Train, Train," by Blackfoot: For the same reasons above.
6. James Brown, Live at The Apollo: For a continual reminder of how tight and authoritative American soul music must be so we deliver it each & every night, every song, every concert.
7. Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits: For the sheer glory of The Master inventing American music in the beginning and how attitude and spirit are rules 1 & 2.
8. Kick Out the Jams, by The MC5: So we never forget that real American rock needs to inspire delirium.
9. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: For musical inspiration of status quo defiance when it meant the most and how it means more today.
10. "Going Back to Miami," by Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders: These guys took music to an animal-possessed level. And who doesn't love that? I've made a career out of it, and the world needs it bad and we are the last of 'em.