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Ted Nugent - Why the Motor City Madman is My Hero - Great Gonzo Guards Liberty

Updated on September 9, 2014

I've loved Ted for decades.

Long before I ever knew of his politics, Ted Nugent rocked my world. As a teenager, I wanted so badly to get to see him. It didn't happen until I was in my twenties.

I've seen him a few times since and never miss an opportunity to jam when Ted is in town.

Come along to check out some stellar rock and roll spanning decades. We'll skip along memory lane just a tad and also take a serious look at a few reasons on top of the rock and roll obvious that make Ted my hero.

What's a hero really? It's been the subject of many a poem, musing, song and movie. Too many times they are portrayed as beyond human.

Heroes walk among us every day. They don't get the play they deserve. Let's crank up some tunes and scope on why Ted really is a hero. You never know. You just might be one too.

Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever - Mounted Mini Poster by 0FTB0
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever - Mounted Mini Poster by 0FTB0

For me, Cat Scratch Fever started it all.

I heard it on the radio.

I really liked the sound but the radio in backwoods Mississippi didn't do a lot of Ted Nugent, so I was somewhat Ted deprived, until I moved to Texas that is.

Texas radio loved Ted with a passion and soon so did I. It was the early 80's and Ted was hot. Being a little older, I splurged with some of my own money. I was so not disappointed. I found out the radio almost never played the really good stuff.

Great White Buffalo literally blew out my speakers more than once I loved it so much. To my car speakers, record player speakers and my Dad's stereo speakers, I'm sorry. I couldn't help myself. Have you heard it?

Out of Control [Box Set] Ted Nugent | Format: Audio CD
Out of Control [Box Set] Ted Nugent | Format: Audio CD

Great White Buffalo called to me.

At 14, that song fascinated me.

It still does. The lyrics are so simple, so straightforward and honest. The beats pound, the guitar screams and through it all history is exposed. Many a book speaks of the atrocities of the early white man upon this land. They span legions of pages. I've liked several but the song drives the message home fast.

The short version is Great White Buffalo speaks of how the Native Americans and the buffalo existed side by side in a harmonious and sustainable way. Enter the conquering European white man lusting for a dollar and it all comes crashing down.

Native American issues interested me greatly at the time. My great grandmother came off the reservation not too far from where I was born. I was overjoyed to hear of the injustice immortalized in rock and roll, not just at the shear head banging fun of the song, but so much more so with the fact that a famous rocker cared enough to make a song about it. It wasn't like the radio was burning it up either. They leaned towards the more marketable. I have to give Ted hero props for going out on a limb to make such a song.

Great Gonzos-Best of Ted Nugent [Extra Tracks, Original Recording Reissued, Original Recording Remastered]
Great Gonzos-Best of Ted Nugent [Extra Tracks, Original Recording Reissued, Original Recording Remastered]

Ted so had it made.

And then he had to go and open his big mouth.

That's the other main reason, to me, this brave American really is a hero. I don't think it was a conscious choice at the time it started for him, it's just his nature to speak his mind. Making it as a rock superstar requires a big ego which I highly suspect keeps him going when all odds are against him.

But really, it's always been that way. Making it in rock and roll in the 70's was a long shot at best, especially for a working class kid from Detroit. To me, the fact that he succeeded in his chosen profession isn't what does it. It's that he risked that success for his principles. Who still does that? He did and still does every day.

Weekend Warriors Ted Nugent on an Audio CD
Weekend Warriors Ted Nugent on an Audio CD

Ted Nugent's Stormtroopers with lyrics and slideshow created by Bernie Vest.

Have you ever heard the song Stormtroopers?

Ted's always been in your face but this one went above and beyond the tell it like it is scale.

Stormtroopers is a true commentary on what happened in World War Two but that's not all it is by far. It calls for justice, preparation against repeats and constant vigilance.

I find it so ironic that back in the day when everyone was jamming on this song no one was dissing the call for an armed populace. He says flat out in the song "with a gun in your hand." Now, a big bunch of those same folks that were jamming it up back in the day are all all grown up. In the current PC climate, they condemn what they once so obviously were cool with.

Current critics berate him as using the Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms as a platform for further fame. It might be worth considering except that the song was written long before Ted became a political name. To me, it blows a hole in the argument bigger than Texas.


Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever - The Midnight Special (1978) by blockvideos.

Scope out some more stellar tunes from Ted. - Let's kick it off with Cat Scratch Fever starting in 1978 and still rocking on today.

The video aired on The Midnight Special in 1978.

Ted always does it at his concerts and it's always jamming. One thing about Ted, he's always better live than on TV and he's still got it.

Be it by himself or with the band Damn Yankees formed by he and Tommy Shaw, this man always goes full tilt.

God, Guns & Rock'N'Roll Paperback by Ted Nugent.  Yep, he's an author too.
God, Guns & Rock'N'Roll Paperback by Ted Nugent. Yep, he's an author too.

He plays for the underdog.

It's easy to run your mouth when your with the bigger group.

In modern America, PC is the new black and bigger than any fad one can mention. While loads of folks declare they oppose it, the engines of popular culture such as television, print media, radio, movies and the entire Hollywood scene are governed by the principles of politically correct ideology.

Ted was way established before he began being so vocal a champion of things such as gun rights and paying off the debt. The man really does believe in Constitutional freedoms. It's costing him plenty if one but thinks about it.

Sure he has his own shows now but mostly takes heat for them. Think about the bank this man would get if he but spoke on occasion for the political opposition. How many celebrity figures have profited from giving a political cause a plug only to turn around a few years later and come out for the other side? They get paid then too, usually.

Ted donates so much of his time playing even small venues for the cause. For me, it's a lot more about the courage of speaking up than about what he's saying though personally, I agree with a lot of it.

Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto
Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto

Think of this as the anti PC guide book for the down home, common sense minded right leaner.

Never dull, full of plain old down home wisdom and a commitment to Constitutional principles with an integrity left over from a virtually bye gone era, it backs away from no front of the American scene that isn't up the stinky creek.

Not nearly as much about right or left as it is about trying to save what's left of freedom in the greatest nation the world ever saw, you won't put it down.

 
Tooth, Fang & Claw Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes (Artist) | Format: Audio CD
Tooth, Fang & Claw Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes (Artist) | Format: Audio CD

Even I think he goes too far sometimes and I live in the right side of the spectrum.

Ted is always getting slapped for what he says.

People that are truly passionate about a cause tend to get worked up. While current codes of civility frown upon such displays of emotion, Ted is known for them. Personally, I love it.

Society has conditioned us to think the best approaches are always those that calmly and logically lay out the reasonable course of action. When speaking to learned adults, that should be the case. However, many tune out, young and not so young. We have become a sound byte nation getting our information in short bursts often scratching only the surface.

Ted tends to communicate well in that venue backing up his often biting comments with a fervor and conviction too lacking in our apathetic and increasingly fearful world. Just as fast, he can step into the fact flinging and history referencing. Kudos for brain power from me to thee, Ted.

Ted Nugent for President Oval Bumper Sticker Guns 5" X 3" by PREMIUM STICKERS
Ted Nugent for President Oval Bumper Sticker Guns 5" X 3" by PREMIUM STICKERS

Ted, if you're out there somewhere, I applaud you.

Your courage, loyalty, conviction and dedication get you a major Vix Pick American Hero Award.

Four times I've stood among the tens of thousands applauding your music, loud and live. Each time it was awesome!

The second time we even walked over two miles from where we parked in the Texas heat just to get in and never regretted a second of it. Mr. Vix did something at that concert in the Woodlands you might appreciate though it embarrassed me to no end. When getting to the gate, security pulled Mr. Vix over insisting it looked like he had a weapon in his shorts. When they grabbed his arm telling him they were taking him for a search, he dropped trousers saying loudly "It's hanging. Now, get off." He was commando that day. I thought I would die!

The show rocked and I couldn't help but think the attitude displayed was very similar to one I've seen you display in countless interviews.

Obviously, we agree with your die hard commitment to the Constitution and the rights guaranteed Americans in the Bill of Rights but that's not the main reason you get a Vix Pick Hero Award. It's your courage to stand for what you believe in and never say die attitude. Rock on!

Vix Pick American Hero Award  Actually made in the good old US of A by Vix at cooltext
Vix Pick American Hero Award Actually made in the good old US of A by Vix at cooltext

No warranties express or implied, means nothing other than we think you're great. God bless you and long may you rock.

Are you with Ted or not?

Ted's all about freedom, gun toting, Glory to God, pay the debt, bring back good old common sense type of politics.

Exercise your freedom of speech while you still have it, Americans. Sound off.

Do you like Ted's music? Ever seen him live? What are your thoughts on famous figures voicing political opinions?

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rhonda,

      You are kidding me. I love comments like this. Long live, Eddie and the band!

      I wish you a safe and peaceful night, bulldog puppy and all.

      Your Friend for Life,

      Kenneth

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - LOL. My hubby was walking around singing Van Halen just the other day to our bulldog puppy. She has lines going up the back of her legs like the seams on fishnet hose, so he's forever singing that line from Van Halen to her. God bless!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rhonda,

      I know so.

      And you are very sweet to boot. Thank you for the well-wish and you do the same. Wow. Van Halen. I still play the "Hot For Teacher," on YouTube frequently. Vintage and classy.

      Peace. Dear Rhonda.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - Well, I'm glad someone thinks so. I may have to send some former students a link to this comment. LOL. You are sweet. Facts are facts. Fare the well until we meet again... now I have Van Halen doing Happy Trails in my head :).

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rhonda,

      You are NOT, I repeat, NOT mean. And you are most-welcome for the encouragement and support. It is my PLEASURE!!!

      Oh how sweet. Me? A bright and warm light? I am so red in the face that I cannot grin for fear my face will break.

      Thank you, DEAR Rhonda.

      Talk to you soon.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - I'm going to come back here next time folks are telling me how mean I am :). Thank you so much for your encouragement and ongoing support. Both are most greatly appreciated. You too are a bright and warm light, something becoming increasingly rare. God bless.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Rhonda,

      In the short time I have been blessed to know you, you have touched my life in so many ways. Your warm spirit and thinking and your talent are both expansive gifts and I urge you to continue to use them. I am so glad that you are in my world, Rhonda.

      You have made my time on HP much brighter.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - And peace unto you, always. I'm not all that but thank you so much for saying. I have no doubt you will be rewarded in the hereafter. It's a special kind of person that builds, be it things or people or even good will. We need more of that type. It's much easier to destroy, more fun at times and gets more play. Keep being you for you are needed in this ever darkening age. God bless!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Rhonda,

      You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to build up someone else. I am sure that in the hereafter, I will have it come back to me.

      You are not only a talented writer, but a good girl and terrific friend.

      I am serious. Take care and peace to you.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ kenneth avery - Thank you so much, seriously. Supportive comments from those with good old traditional values and common sense are true blessings. Have an awesome week, reach for the sky and know you are blessed. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Rhonda @ 8:25 p.m., cdst, Sept. 14

      Dear Rhonda,

      You deserve my comments and a lot more good comments for yourself being so warm and understanding to say nothing about your great writing talent.

      I am so grateful to have you in my life. I really mean that.

      God bless you with a safe night and week.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - :) This was an awesome first comment to see this morning. Thank you. Have the best weekend and God bless always.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Rhonda, my New Friend,

      You are always welcome. I never close shop. Stop by anytime.

      And your last part is way too kind to me. But thank you from my heart. You are a terrific friend, follower and someone I can trust.

      God love you too.

      Your Friend for Life,

      ME

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - My, my, thank you again. When I get discouraged, I'm going to remember this :). God love you.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rhonda,

      You are truly welcome and you deserve every word. I try to never waste time or compliments for they are too valuable.

      Keep up the fine work and you will always have a fan in myself.

      Kenneth

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Scottmccray - Thank you so much not only for your comment and time but for letting me know that poll was not working. I deleted it since. God bless you for standing for America :).

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ WriterJanis - It's a classic jammer for sure.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Kenneth Avery - Wow! Thank you for a truly awesome and most appreciated comment, especially considering this article just got moved here and lost half the videos in the process.

      I really do love Ted, always have. In fact, I'd probably vote for the man. While it might not be popular, the man says what needs to be said.

      God bless you, him and God bless America.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rhonda,

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing. Ted Nugent just happens to be one of my favorite people.

      I loved every word. The graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep the wonderful hubs coming.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Scott A McCray 

      4 years ago

      Uncle Ted is one of my heroes, too - conservative, conservationist, hunter - the right stuff. (I tried to post in the opinion section above, but it doesn't seem to be working).

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      I don't know a lot of his music, but I do like Cat Scratch Fever.

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