Cat Scratch Fever

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Cat Scratch Fever
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Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released May 13, 1977
Recorded January and March 1977
Studio Columbia Recording Studios, New York City and CBS Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Label Epic
Producer Lew Futterman, Tom Werman, Cliff Davies
Ted Nugent chronology
Cat Scratch Fever
Double Live Gonzo!
Singles from Cat Scratch Fever
  1. "Cat Scratch Fever" / "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang"
    Released: May 13, 1977
  2. "Home Bound" / "Death by Misadventure"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [2]
Robert Christgau B [3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10 [4]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [5]

Cat Scratch Fever is the third studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released on May 13, 1977, by Epic Records. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All , had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the lead singer on this album.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Ted Nugent American rock musician

Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, ABBA, Anastacia, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.


A commercial success, the album has been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. [6] Nugent released his next album, Double Live Gonzo! , the following year.

<i>Double Live Gonzo!</i> 1978 live album by Ted Nugent

Double Live Gonzo! is a live album by the American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent, released as a double LP in 1978. In addition to live versions of songs from previous albums, this double album also contains original material played live, including: "Yank Me, Crank Me" and "Gonzo". The album has reached 3× Platinum status in the United States.

Track listing

All songs written by Ted Nugent, except "Live It Up", written by Nugent and Derek St. Holmes. All songs arranged by Nugent, Rob Grange, St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.

Derek St. Holmes is an American musician, best known as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Ted Nugent's early solo career.

Rob Grange, is an American rock bass guitarist, best known for his work with Ted Nugent and his unique phase bass lines in the song "Stranglehold".

Cliff Davies (musician) British musician

Clifford "Cliff" Davies was a British drummer, songwriter and producer.

Side one
1."Cat Scratch Fever"3:41
2."Wang Dang Sweet Poontang"3:17
3."Death by Misadventure"3:31
4."Live It Up"4:02
5."Home Bound" (instrumental)4:43
Side two
6."Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard"5:44
7."Sweet Sally"2:34
8."A Thousand Knives"4:48
9."Fist Fightin' Son of a Gun"2:51
10."Out of Control"3:27


Band members
Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.

Lead guitar is a musical part for a guitar in which the guitarist plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure. The lead is the featured guitar, which usually plays single-note-based lines or double-stops. In rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, punk, fusion, some pop, and other music styles, lead guitar lines are usually supported by a second guitarist who plays rhythm guitar, which consists of accompaniment chords and riffs.

Percussion instrument Type of musical instrument that produces a sound by being hit

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater ; struck, scraped or rubbed by hand; or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice.

Additional musicians

Alan Henry Spenner was an English bass player who performed with Wynder K. Frog, the Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, ABC, David Coverdale, David Soul, Joe Cocker, Kenny Loggins, Lynda Carter, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Mick Taylor, China Crisis, Murray Head, Kokomo, Roxy Music, and played on the original 1970 concept album Jesus Christ Superstar.

Boz Burrell British singer and bassist

Raymond "Boz" Burrell was an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. He died of a heart attack in Spain on 21 September 2006 aged 60.

Rory Dodd is a Canadian rock vocalist who has performed many songs written by Jim Steinman. He is probably best known for singing as the second voice on Bonnie Tyler's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", a Number 1 hit on Billboard Hot 100.


Lew Futterman is a record producer and manager, who was most active in the 1960s to the early 1980s. Commencing as of 1977, he has increasingly been involved in real estate development, primarily in New York City.

Audio engineer engineer who operates recording, mixing, sound reproduction equipment

An audio engineer helps to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. Audio engineers work on the "...technical aspect of recording—the placing of microphones, pre-amp knobs, the setting of levels. The physical recording of any project is done by an engineer ... the nuts and bolts." It's a creative hobby and profession where musical instruments and technology are used to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, and video games. Audio engineers also set up, sound check and do live sound mixing using a mixing console and a sound reinforcement system for music concerts, theatre, sports games and corporate events.

Photography Art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation

Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing, and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.



1977 Swedish Albums Chart [7] 14
Billboard 200 (US) [8] 17
RPM100 Albums (Canada) [9] 25
UK Album Chart [10] 28


1977"Cat Scratch Fever" Billboard Hot 100 (US) [11] 30
RPM100 Top Singles (Canada) [12] 37
1978"Home Bound"Billboard Hot 100 (US) [11] 70

Sales certifications

U.S. RIAA 20013× Platinum (3,000,000) [6]
Canada CRIA 1979Platinum (100,000) [13]

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