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Steppenwolf

January 28th, 2015

Formed:
1967 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






Steppenwolf

Biography

Led by John Kay (born Joachim Krauledat, April 12, 1944), Steppenwolf's blazing biker anthem “Born to Be Wild” roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968, John Kay's threatening rasp sounding a mesmerizing call to arms to the counterculture movement rapidly sprouting up nationwide. German immigrant Kay got his professional start in a bluesy Toronto band called Sparrow, recording for Columbia in 1966. After Sparrow disbanded, Kay relocated to the West Coast and formed Steppenwolf, named after the Herman Hesse novel. “Born to Be Wild,” their third single on ABC-Dunhill, was immortalized on the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper's underground film classic Easy Rider. The song's reference to “heavy metal thunder” finally gave an assignable name to an emerging genre. Steppenwolf's second monster hit that year, the psychedelic “Magic Carpet Ride,” and the follow-ups “Rock Me,” “Move Over,” and “Hey Lawdy Mama” further established the band's credibility on the hard rock circuit. By the early '70s, Steppenwolf ran out of steam and disbanded. Kay continued to record solo, as other members put together ersatz versions of the band for touring purposes. During the mid-'80s Kay re-formed his own version of Steppenwolf, grinding out his hits (and some new songs) at oldies shows. Nevertheless, they'll be remembered for generations to come for creating one of the ultimate gas'n'go rock anthems of all time. ~ Bill Dahl & Cub Koda, Rovi

Top Albums


1. Steppenwolf ..

2. At Your Birt..

3. Steppenwolf

4. All Time Gre..

5. Steppenwolf ..

6. 20th Century..

7. Steppenwolf

8. Steppenwolf ..

9. Monster

10. Steppenwolf ..

11. For Ladies O..

12. At Your Birt..

13. Born to Be W..

14. Hour of the ..

15. Early Steppe..

16. Gold

17. Live in Loui..

18. Live in Lond..

19. Live at 25 S..

20. The Second

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Magic Carpet Ride All Time Greatest Hits 4:27 $1.29
2.

Born to Be Wild All Time Greatest Hits 3:30 $1.29
3.

Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf 3:32 $1.29
4.

Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf the Second 4:31 $1.29
5.

Pusher All Time Greatest Hits 5:49 $1.29
6.

Pusher Steppenwolf 5:52 $1.29
7.

Magic Carpet Ride 20th Century Masters – The .. 4:27 $1.29
8.

Rock Me All Time Greatest Hits 3:39 $1.29
9.

Sookie Sookie All Time Greatest Hits 3:15 $1.29
10.

Born to Be Wild (Easy Rider Version) Easy Rider (Soundtrack from.. 3:36 $1.29
11.

Pusher Easy Rider (Soundtrack from.. 5:51 $1.29
12.

Monster/Suicide/America Monster 9:16 $1.29
13.

Born To Be Wild Paddington (Original Motion.. 3:29 $1.29
14.

Kalypso (Sascha Dive Kalypso Dub) Kalypso – Single 7:11 $0.99
15.

Kalypso Kalypso – Single 8:04 $0.99
16.

Magic Carpet Ride Candy (Original Motion Pict.. 4:27 $1.29
17.

Pusher Live in London 5:53 $1.29
18.

Born to Be Wild Live in London 4:59 $1.29
19.

Magic Carpet Ride Live in London 3:47 $1.29
20.

Sookie Sookie Live in London 3:38 $1.29
21.

Pusher Live at 25 Silver Anniversa.. 6:18 $1.29
22.

Born to Be Wild Live at 25 Silver Anniversa.. 7:19 $1.29
23.

Magic Carpet Ride Live at 25 Silver Anniversa.. 5:55 $1.29
24.

Snowblind Friend Live at 25 Silver Anniversa.. 4:26 $1.29
25.

Rock 'N Roll War Live at 25 Silver Anniversa.. 7:47 $1.29

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