The Top 10 Reasons We Love Ted Nugent
Sunday, Rocks Off is going to the Pasadena Fairgrounds to see Ted Nugent and the Charlie Lucas Band headline a charity event to raise money to secure homes for wounded military vets and their families. It's for a great cause and benefits the Bay Area Home Builders Association's "Operation Finally Home" venture which helps vets get mortgages on housing. (Click here for tickets.)
Ted Nugent has been a lightning rod for controversy almost from the first time he left the Amboy Dukes, donned his trademark loincloth and began running his mouth about hunting, women, and politics. But we applaud the guy for at least speaking his mind, even if it some of it may be displeasing to us. Surely we all have family members who say things we don't care for but we still love them for being who they are.
In this case, we love the 'Nuge for writing "Wango Tango" and staying sober for almost 40 years when we can't stay clean for six hours. That's a feat unto itself. Pretty the entire Cat Scratch Fever album should be celebrated. Some of those riffs on there are obscene. Even the Beastie Boys sampled one of the opening lines from "Homebound."
We stumbled across this 2005 blog when we Googled "Ted Nugent" and "hate" to see what would come up. The crux of the blog is that "Lisa" hates that her husband listens to Nuge on the regular. Plus it comes from a super-duper liberal writer, for whom Nugent has always made an easy target.
Let's rebut every single of one of Lisa's issues with the Nuge. Rocks Off's comments are in boldface below Lisa's thoughts. Obviously.
"Keep in mind, I also used to be very right wing and conservative myself. I was never, however, a wacko about it. He's so right wing he makes the Michigan Militia look liberal."
She never says why she changed over, and who is to say what's wacko and what's not? Nugent hasn't started a cult camp or claimed he was Jesus Christ reborn. Yet.
2. "Little Miss Dangerous."
"A song written to be played at strip clubs. Shows the true musical genius hidden behind that right wing wacko facade."
Almost all good rock and roll is made to be played at strip clubs, because people who go to strip clubs may buy the record of the song that they got a lap dance to. Rocks Off will admit he bought the second Staind album in 2001 after his first trip to a strip joint.
3. Rock Stars Should Not Have Political Agendas.
"Any doubts, see Bono of U2."
Everyone has a political agenda, and comparing Nugent to Bono is hilarious. We would sell the naming rights to our firstborn to hear the Edge play the opening riff to "Stranglehold."