State of Shock (Ted Nugent album)

Last updated
State of Shock
StateOfShock TedNugentsalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1979 [1]
StudioQuadradial Studios, Miami, Florida and CBS Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Label Epic
Producer Lew Futterman, Cliff Davies
Ted Nugent chronology
Weekend Warriors
State of Shock
Scream Dream
Singles from State of Shock
  1. "I Want to Tell You" / "Bite Down Hard"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10 [4]

State of Shock is the fifth solo studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in May 1979, by Epic Records.


State of Shock closed a decade in which Nugent took his hard-rocking wildman persona to the top of the charts. Although the album reached the U.S. Top 20 and quickly went gold, it is Nugent's first solo album not to attain platinum certification. [5]

The best known track remains the album opener "Paralyzed", which was performed live on a 1980 episode of the TV show Fridays , and turned up again a year later on Great Gonzos!: The Best of Ted Nugent . Other highlights include "Saddle Sore" and "Alone," a rare "power ballad" for him, sung by Charlie Huhn. A live show originally broadcast as an episode of King Biscuit Flower hour from this era is captured on the 1997 archive release Live at Hammersmith '79. Unlike most King Biscuit live shows that were released on CD in the late 1990s, the show was released by Nugent's record label (Epic/Legacy) rather than by King Biscuit directly.

Track listing

All songs written and arranged by Ted Nugent, except "I Want to Tell You", written by George Harrison

Side one
2."Take It or Leave It"4:07
4."It Don't Matter"3:08
5."State of Shock"3:22
Side two
6."I Want to Tell You"4:52
8."Bite Down Hard"3:21
9."Snake Charmer"3:19
10."Saddle Sore"3:16


Band members
Additional musicians



1979 Billboard 200 (US) [6] 18
RPM100 Albums (Canada) [7] 18
Australia (Kent Music Report) [8] 57


U.S. RIAA 1979Gold (500,000) [9]
Canada CRIA 1979Gold (50,000) [10]

See also

Related Research Articles

<i>Cat Scratch Fever</i> 1977 studio album by Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever is the third studio album by American rock musician Ted Nugent. It 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 principal lead singer on this album.

<i>On Through the Night</i> 1980 studio album by Def Leppard

On Through the Night is the debut studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on 14 March 1980. The album was produced by Tom Allom. It charted at No. 15 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 51 on the Billboard 200. The album features re-recorded versions of "Rocks Off" and "Overture", tracks from the band's original independently released EP, The Def Leppard E.P. Other tracks are re-recorded versions of early demos, some of which later appeared on the 2020 box set The Early Years 79–81. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on 18 November 1983 and platinum on 9 May 1989.

Triumph (band) Canadian rock band formed 1975

Triumph was a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s, building on its reputation and success as a live band. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, it has received 18 gold and nine platinum awards in Canada and the United States. It was nominated for multiple Juno Awards, including the 'Group of the Year Award' in 1979, 1985, 1986, and 1987. It was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2007, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2019.

<i>Ted Nugent</i> (album) 1975 studio album by Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent is the debut studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in September 1975, by Epic Records. It was released after the disbanding of his former group The Amboy Dukes.


Foghat is an American-based English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for the use of electric slide guitar in its music. The band has achieved eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record, and despite several line-up changes, continue to record and perform.

<i>Damn Yankees</i> (album) 1990 studio album by Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees was the self titled debut album by the American hard rock supergroup Damn Yankees. It was certified double platinum in the US and featured such chart topping hits as "High Enough", "Come Again", and "Coming of Age".

<i>Ace Frehley</i> (album) 1978 studio album by Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley is a 1978 solo album from Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four Kiss solo albums released by Casablanca Records on September 18, 1978.

Derek St. Holmes is an American musician, best known as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Ted Nugent's early solo career. After splitting from Nugent in 1978, St. Holmes worked with various artists, most notably the Whitford/St. Holmes project with Brad Whitford, who had recently parted ways with Aerosmith.

<i>Weekend Warriors</i> (album) 1978 studio album by Ted Nugent

Weekend Warriors is the fourth studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in September 1978, by Epic Records.

<i>Live at Hammersmith 79</i> 1997 live album by Ted Nugent

Live at Hammersmith '79 is a live album by Ted Nugent, consisting of a performance originally broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, recorded during the second set of a sold-out night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 and not released until 1997.

<i>Little Miss Dangerous</i> 1986 studio album by Ted Nugent

Little Miss Dangerous is the ninth studio album by American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent. The album was released in March 1986, by Atlantic Records.

<i>Scream Dream</i> 1980 studio album by Ted Nugent

Scream Dream is the sixth studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in June 1980 by Epic Records, and reached number 13 on the Billboard 200. It was his last studio album to feature drummer Cliff Davies.

<i>Free-for-All</i> (Ted Nugent album) 1976 studio album by Ted Nugent

Free-For-All is the second studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in October 1976, by Epic Records. It was his first album to go platinum.

<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.

<i>Intensities in 10 Cities</i> 1981 live album by Ted Nugent

Intensities in 10 Cities is the second live album by the American guitarist Ted Nugent, released in 1981 and consisting of ten songs recorded during the last ten dates of Nugent's 1980 tour. Nugent played two or three new songs every night on the tour and told audiences he was recording them for possible inclusion in a new live album featuring all previously unreleased songs. None of the songs had appeared on any previous Ted Nugent album. Nugent explained at the time that about twenty previously unreleased songs were played at the beginning of the tour, and at the end the best ten were recorded live rather than in the studio later, because they were well-honed from months of performances and had the extra spark of a live setting. It was Ted Nugent's final album for Epic Records and the last album to feature drummer Cliff Davies.

<i>Nugent</i> (album) 1982 studio album by Ted Nugent

Nugent is the seventh studio album by American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent. The album was released in August 1982, by Atlantic Records.

<i>If You Cant Lick Em...Lick Em</i> 1988 studio album by Ted Nugent

If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em is the tenth studio album by American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent. The album was released in February 1988, by Atlantic Records and reached No. 112 in the Billboard 200 US chart. It also marks the first album to feature Nugent as the sole lead vocalist after only providing secondary lead vocals on previous albums.

Charlie Huhn American rock singer and guitarist

Charles Huhn is an American rock singer and guitarist. He got his start playing with Vic Amato, Andy Dennen and Al Lesert in the band Cirrus, in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan, playing many gigs in West Michigan before joining Ted Nugent in 1978.

Cliff Davies (musician) British musician

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

Gary Moore discography

This is the discography of the Northern Irish blues, heavy metal and hard rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Moore.


  1. "Random Notes". Rolling Stone . No. 289. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. April 19, 1979. p. 66.
  2. Stone, Doug. "Ted Nugent - State of Shock review". AllMusic . Rovi Corporation . Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  3. Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "State of Shock". Classic Rock . No. 76. p. 109.
  4. Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 208. ISBN   978-1894959025.
  5. "Ted Nugent". Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  6. "Ted Nugent Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard . Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 17, July 21 1979". Library and Archives Canada. 21 July 1979. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  8. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 220. ISBN   0-646-11917-6.
  9. "RIAA Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  10. "Gold Platinum Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Music Canada . Retrieved 2011-12-16.