Friday, September 28, 2012

Tighten Up Your Wig!

On this date in rock history, Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas is born with the name Klaus Karl Kassbaum in Plon, Germany. His family immigrated to Toronto after WWII. Later, Nicholas split for L.A. and joined Steppenwolf (replacing Rushton Moreve). His was fired from the band in ’70 for a number of reasons including playing a Fillmore East gig wearing only bunny ears and a jock strap. George Biondi then became the Steppenwolf's bassist but Nicholas rejoined the group from ’76 to ’80. Well, what’s wrong with that? Lots of people wear little or nothing when playing on stage (remember the Ladybirds, a ‘60’s-‘70’s topless all-girl group – you should!)! Enjoy some early Steppenwolf (this song is a thinly disguised version of Junior Wells’ “Messin’ with the Kid.” and talks about stealing riffs from other songs), thanks to, and keep on rockin’!


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Invoking messin' with the kid featuring the incomparable Charlie McKinstry-Leupke on drums? Yessir, I remember! I remember quite well! To be honest, you & Ace were the ones with the rock 'n roll hearts ... Can we play with time & go back & meet as 10th graders in Iowa or New York? Please? We'd've made a scary freaky bandmates, Mr. Mac, and who knows what the future would've held ... :-)

Charlie_Mac said...

Too true that!

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

I'll also say this: The Ladybirds look pretty good in this family friendly photo too.