HOW THE WOLF SURVIVED

January 30, 2013 – 4:04 pm

The same way the pusher man did.

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STEPPENWOLF

Belgium 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at BRBF Peer, Belgium; July 14, 2012 and broadcast on L1 Radio, Hubert on the Air, January 3, 2013. Excellent FM stereo.

Steppenwolf had a great start in 1968 with two songs on the classic road movie, Easy Rider. Both Born To Be Wild and The Pusher remain in their repertoire. Kay’s voice also has not suffered much. But this configuration of Steppenwolf is from the ’80s, long after the original band disintegrated in quarrels and fights. Only Kay survived.

This is a great recording, all instruments properly miked, and with a lively atmosphere. They played Belgium’s Blues Festival with Kay looking healthy at 68. Best song of the evening is their cover of Willie Dixon’s Hoochie Coochie Man. It beats their versions of Sookie Sookie, Born To Be Wild and even The Pusher which proves the power of the blues. Amen.

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Track 01. Intro DJ (901k)
Track 02. Sookie Sookie* (6.8MB)
Track 03. Hold On, Never Give Up (9.6MB)
Track 04. Ride With Me Baby (6.6MB)
Track 05. Intro Screaming Night Hog (1.8MB)
Track 06. Screaming Night Hog (6.7MB)
Track 07. Hoochie Coochie Man* (11.7MB)
Track 08. She’s Got The Goods (8.0MB)
Track 09. Snowblind Friend (7.4MB)
Track 10. Monster (16.2MB)
Track 11. Magic Carpet Ride (8.8MB)
Track 12. Born To Be Wild* (early ending) (3.2MB)
Track 13. Outro DJ (456k)
Track 14. The Pusher* (early ending) (6.7MB)

*Songs from their first album, the self-titled Steppenwolf.

Lineup:
John Kay: vocals, guitar
Danny Johnson: guitar
Michael Wilk: keyboards
Gary Link: bass

Ron Hurst: Drums

Kay is the only original member left in the band. This lineup has been active since the ’80s.

Some will say the first album, Steppenwolf, is the only one that mattered. Buy it here.

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  1. 14 Responses to “HOW THE WOLF SURVIVED”

  2. Steppenwolf basically began in my hometown.
    There was a band here in the early /mid 60`s called Jack London and the Sparrows. They were all local guys , Jack [whose real name is Dave Marden]affected a British accent and they rode on the crest of the wave of the Brit invasion of pop music.
    The drummer Jerry Mcrohan and his older brother Dennis played under the name “Edmonton”. Jerry went to our high school and up until only a few years ago you could still see a life size bust he made from plaster and gold spray paint of Ringo Starr proudly displayed in one of the school`s cabinets. I wonder where it is now, Jerry is gone,sadly too young a result of a car accident. His brother Dennis , who while never actually a member of Steppenwolf was responsible for writing “Born to be Wild ” and “Ride with Me Baby” two of their biggest songs. Dennis released a solo lp with thse songs on it and it is amazing to hear his original versions of these classic rock songs.
    Eventually this group dropped the lead sing Jack London, became the Sparrows and took up residence in toronto`s hip community of the 60`s Yorkville which was then home to Joni, Gord Lightfoot, Neil young and the Mynah Birds[ Rick James being a member] et al..John Kay met the band there , and the rest is history. thanks for this show BIG O .

    By sluggo on Jan 30, 2013

  3. Thanks so much for this great post. I’ve been a close fan for many years and saw my first Wolf show at the Roxy in 1980 right after John Kay legally got the name back. During the three decades I would see them many times, too many to count. In 2007, Michael Wilk the keyboard player emailed me and said it would be their last full time tour and invited me backstage to meet the guys at their stop in Jackson, CA. I met all four of the guys individually and they all were the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. John Kay stood with his hand on my shoulder telling me about all the things he was going to do in semi-retirement such as save the wolves, save the elephants and build schools in Cambodia, all things that he completed by the way. The visit ended with my friend snapping a shot of me and John together which I still keep framed on my wall. It was one of those great nights I will always cherish. This band has been instrumental (no pun intended) in keeping my spirit alive thru the years not to mention the effect they’ve had on my own music art. Viva Le Steppenwolf!!!

    By Tommy on Jan 30, 2013

  4. great stories gentlemen thanks. thanks bigO.

    By barth on Jan 30, 2013

  5. couple of youtube links to check here so you can hear what the Jack London and the Sparrows band sounded like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2dmmnd06X8

    this one, “it`s been one of those days
    today ” shows the actual lp cover, jerry on far left then dennis[mars bonfire]next to him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqswhYJQT3Q

    By sluggo on Jan 31, 2013

  6. I have posted another story with links to two jack london and the sparrows clips but there is a message telling me quote “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
    All the crap and profanity that darth posted and I`m being moderated ?

    By sluggo on Jan 31, 2013

  7. Hello sluggo

    Thanks for your comments. The system routinely holds up comments “for moderation” especially if they contain links because it is unsure if the links are genuine or if they are spam links. Thanks for understanding.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 31, 2013

  8. Happy to know John and the band are still out, I had heard he retired a few years ago.

    By Nick on Jan 31, 2013

  9. Great info sluggo. I always liked seeing you at the Jeff Beck Appreciation Society and reading your comments there too. This stuff about Jack London & the Sparrows was fantastic. Joe B.

    By JB on Jan 31, 2013

  10. Some of my first albums were Steppenwolf albums. (and the live Three Dog Night one). My first concert was in 1972,John Kay touring his first solo album and opening for The Guess Who,the first date they did after the night they recorded Live At The Paramount. I saw the Slow Flux version of Steppenwolf a few times. Once with UFO. Steppenwolf’s guitar player then was Bobby Cochran who I later saw play with Bob Weir & Kingfish. Around 1979 I got to see the bogus version of Steppenwolf sandwiched between Iron Butterfly and Spirit. I started booing and throwing pennies at the short guy wearing sunglasses. Then had to defend myself from the people who didn’t know better.

    Thanks for this BigO.

    By sking on Jan 31, 2013

  11. And I’ve got a copy of that Jack London album too, Sluggo. But this link is not it. “Early Steppenwolf” was really The Sparrow. But released only after Steppenwolf became famous.
    http://somewhereelseandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/11/steppenwolf.html

    By sking on Jan 31, 2013

  12. A trip to Mars
    http://somewhereelseandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/11/mars-bonfire.html
    and Larry Byrom had a group called T.I.M.E. with Nick St Nicholas (Sparrow) before joining Steppenwolf. Their second album from 1969 without Nick.
    http://somewhereeeeeelseandbeyond.blogspot.com/2012/11/time.html

    By sking on Jan 31, 2013

  13. give them a listen you`ll be surprised..

    mars bonfire [dennis edmonton] ride with Me Baby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m0E8h0APHg

    and Born To Be Wild…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bjtr2Dq-pA

    By sluggo on Jan 31, 2013

  14. sking, that lp is getting nearly $200 these days if it is in very good condition.

    By sluggo on Jan 31, 2013

  15. Sking - thanks for the Mars link, i never even knew about this album, salivating as I download..

    By Tommy on Jan 31, 2013

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