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JULY 4 2014



TED takes time off from hunting and fishing to give us his first new studio record in 7 years with the snappily-titled ‘Shutup&Jam’…


Tracklisting: Shutup&Jam!; Fear Itself; Everything Matters;  She's Gone; Never Stop Believing; I Still Believe; I Love My Bbq; Throttledown; Do-Rags And A .45; Screaming Eagles; Semper Fi; Trample The Weak Hurdle The Dead; Never Stop Believing (Blues)


You know what – I’ve never really got Ted Nugent. Of all the huge seventies US rock stars that translated outside the US, Ted was the one that I sort of missed out on. Sure he was a riotous guitarist, a madman from the Motor City no less, but whilst I could listen to other guitar slingers for hours on end Gonzo and I never really connected… It’s just one of those things… The fact the fearless hunter rarely set foot outside of the US in those years didn’t of course help.


Onto the album: ‘ShutUp&Jam’ has an almost Ramones-like directness and a vintage Aerosmith sensibility, it’s not of course as good as either, but it is hard rocking high octane fun, and I guess that is the overall sense you get from this album – it is fun. ‘Fear Itself’ that follows sound like the Stones as does the later ‘Do-Rags and a .45’; whilst ‘Everything Matters’ trades blues licks and swagger. So far, so eclectic.


One of the highlights here has to be the Sammy Hagar cameo on ‘She’s Gone’ (for a second I was hoping for the hall and Oates cover!) an electric blues groove that sinks its teeth deep and holds on like a lion riding a rodeo. It’s my pick of the lot and comes across like an amped up ZZ Top standard.


‘Never Stop Believing’ comes as quite a contrast after the party with Sammy, it’s the sort of clean pop-tinged rocker you could imagine in the hands of someone like Tom Petty. ‘I Still Believe’ that follows on the heels is all riff and attitude in the way that the title track was – it’s that primal sound you’ve come to  associate with Ted over the years and a sure fire fan winner.


Of course redneck spirit is never too far away and ‘I Love My BBQ’ (which we certainly do) adds a huge hunk of meat and dry-rub to the middle of the album. ‘Throttledown’ that follows is a foot-to-the-floor guitar instrumental that’s well worth the ride, before ‘Screaming Eagles’ comes closest to filler.


The album does close out strongly though with ‘Semper Fi’ resonating in your rib-cage as it crawls along the bedroom floor, it’s another sure-fire winner; and whilst ‘Trample the Weak Hurdle the Dead’ is as close as Ted comes this time round to controversy it’s another great song as is the second version of ‘Never Stop Believing (Blues)’ that closes off what turns out to be a very enjoyable outing with Mr Nugent and one that is relatively carnage free. Ted fans will love it.



by Mark Diggins