Monthly Archives: October 2018

Stranglehold, by Ted Nugent

First and foremost, Ted Nugent is an utter douche bag, but I learned a long time ago that we must separate the artist from the art. Sometimes a dark thing is a vessel for the birth of something great. This song is top 5, along with No Quarter by Led Zeppelin and Baba O’Riley by The Who.

I became obsessed with it in the early 2000s, when I was still below the FPL and did not yet have an mp3 player or  a phone that stored and played music. I had a portable CD player and a rotation of CD’s that I used to take my music with me wherever I went. It was on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack, which I enjoyed pretty much all of except for Love Hurts and Jim Dandy.

Like Zepp and the Who, this a power song for me. Whether I need to be motivated or I am already pumped up, this song fills me with a sense of great power and command. I used to play it on repeat, as loud as I could, when I was home alone. Fortunately for the neighbors, the stereo wasn’t that good, but I am sure they still thought I was insane and annoying.

‘I got you in a stranglehold, baby, that night I crushed your faith’