JUKEBOX | STEPPENWOLF | BORN TO BE WILD

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Trace

—  t u e s d a y   t u n e s  —
S T E P P E N W O L F
B O R N  T O  B E  W I L D

easy-rider-hog“Born to Be Wild” was initially released in 1968, and was subsequently included in many compilation albums and soundtracks. The first of these was the soundtrack for the movie EASY RIDER released in 1969.
Unlike the album or single version, the song on this soundtrack is accompanied by the sounds of motorcycles as an introduction (another Steppenwolf song from their first album, “The Pusher”, was also used in the film). When the movie was in production, “Born to Be Wild” was used simply as a placeholder, since Peter Fonda had wanted Crosby, Stills & Nash to do the movie’s soundtrack. Eventually, it became clear that the song was well suited for the movie and it stayed.

AiJe80LX69Zc87GpmCAiN8m5aDbThe song was first performed by the band Steppenwolf, and written by Mars Bonfire. It is often invoked in both popular and counterculture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric “heavy metal thunder” marks the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style)
6a00d834515e6669e201b7c7a8709a970b‘Easy Rider’ is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South.
A landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation” which “captured the national imagination”, Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle. In Easy Rider, real drugs were used in scenes showing the use of marijuana and other substances

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Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin’ with the wind
And the feelin’ that I’m under

Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature’s child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die

 

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