Tuesday, April 29, 2014


It's a safe bet that every one of you has a long list of records that you like more than you do the band who recorded them. You happen to like the songs, a lot, when no one else seems to care. These particular songs for whatever reason are personal favorites, sometimes referred to as guilty pleasures. Fuck that. Guity? Because you like a song? Double fuck that.

There are a handful of Steppenwolf songs that I like, a lot more than the band's output as a whole. At the top of the list is their version of "Sookie Sookie", a damn fine song in its original form by Don Covay and the Goodtimers.. But Steppenwolf's version has that certain something. The guitar sounds like Steve Cropper using the guitar set up without changing anything, about as close to a Stax feel (Booker T and the MGs in particular) as you'll find coming from a rock band. Go cry blasphemy. If you're the type of DJ that likes to mix it up, this one always worked for me. "Magic Carpet Ride" and "The Pusher" are right up there too, for different reasons. That is, if you can manage to shake off the familiarity.

Don Covay - Sookie Sookie (streaming) at So Many Records, So Little Time
Steppenwolf - Soolkie Sookie mp3 at Shades of Tracy
Steppenwolf - The Pusher mp3 at Song of the Day
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride mp3 at Internet Archive 
More Sookie:
Tina Britt - Sookie Sookie mp3 at 45 Blog
Grant Green - Sookie Sookie mp3 at DJ No DJ
Steppenwolf - Sookie Sookie at YouTube From an episode of Playboy After Dark. This one is rich. The "dance like a freak" button is pushed at 1:53, and let me tell you, there's nothing quite as funny as watching Hefner's square mob dance like deadheads on Dragnet.

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