Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild” 1969
The band came out with this beauty 45 years ago in January 1968! Sometimes mentioned as the first of the heavy metal sound, “Born to be Wild” became an anthem of sorts for bikers and the fringe population (hippies). It was subsequently used in the soundtrack for the landmark counter-culture film Easy Rider with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. The film’s soundtrack was killer with Steppenwolf’s “The Pusher”, music from The Band, Jimi Hendrix and the Byrd’s Roger McGuinn. The story exlored the societal scene of the south, racial tensions, the hippie movement, drug use, red-necks and communes. In 1998, Easy Rider was added to the United States National Film Registry, having been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Steppenwolf recorded over a dozen albums after this one (Steppenwolf) over the next 39 years before disbanding in 2007. Other notable songs “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Rock Me Baby” were hit singles for this band.
Crank up the volume on this one….