STEPPENWOLF – STEPPENWOLF (1968)
In the aftermath of the Second World War, in German’s Tilsit (which is now Russia and called Sovetsk) was born, John Kay. He moved to Canada with her mother in law, at the end of the 50s. After times he eventually moved to California. There The Sparrows became Steppenwolf.
Steppenwolf has become popular with Born to Be Wild. A blatant rock song was heard in a small budget cult movie Easy Rider, whose influence on the motorist culture is very strong. The song also tells about motorcycles.
In this song, the term “heavy metal” was also heard the first time in music. Although it’s a reference to parts of a motorcycle, but the term grew iconic. The lyrics say, “I like smoke and lightning, Heavy metal Thunder…” This song has covered over 50 names from famous artists. The most famous of them are Slayer, Bruce Springsteen and Blue Öyster Cult.
In addition, Steppenwolf has a very strong effect to the metal or at least hard rock. A colorful organ player, Goldy McJohn, is considered to be one of the founders of heavier style. The band’s history also includes a variety of crew changes and black leather look, so some metal elements can be easily met. As an influence or impulse, the band has mentioned at least by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osborne and Slade.
An example album Steppenwolf (1968) was recorded in a few days. Maybe that’s why the album is quite fragmented. Yes, there are some of the classic rock songs that have already been mentioned in the story series, cited by Willie Dixon‘s Hoochie Coochie Man.
We don’t need to mention the example song.