comments at Hullabaloo contra Mr. Nugent & his brand of populism included these factoids:
Perceptions of Nugent's career depend upon what part of the country you live in. On the coasts, he barely registered apart from a couple of tracks like "Journey To The Center Of Your Mind" and "Cat Scratch Fever". But in the Midwest and South, the Nuge was big time; his tracks were constantly played on album rock radio and he consistently sold out arenas through the 70's up to the mid-80's. To this day, if you live in Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta or other heartland metropoli, you never are far from hearing "Stranglehold", "Wango Tango", or other Nugent standards on classic rock radio.We admit to not having heard too much of the Nuge post-"Stranglehold," because we are the very definition of coastal elitist (Go on, look it up. You'll see!) but we were out of the loop as far as Ted's non-stop popularity in the self-styled Heartland. The video was recorded at the House of Blues in Anaheim, in 2007, but the bookers &/or the O. C. audience may have been being ironic.
If you get the chance, check out "Papa's Will" from his early live LP Survival Of The Fittest. Some of us knew that bastard was insane 40 years ago.
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