Bad Motor Scooter

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"'Bad Motor Scooter" was the second track from the album Montrose by the band of the same name. It, along with "Rock Candy", was arguably the best known song by the band. The song was penned by frontman Sammy Hagar. Its introduction, a distorted electric slide guitar sound which closely emulates that of a revving motorcycle, became the defining component of the song. When the song was conceived before this guitar sound, the band and Ted Templeman were not impressed because they thought it was missing a "hook", to make it stand out. Ronnie Montrose stumbled upon it while messing with a slide and fuzz box one day in the studio. Playing his guitar in Open D tuning, Montrose improvised what became the motorcycle sound — although Templeman and engineer Donn Landee kept him going when they failed to get the recording tape rolling. When performed live by the original Montrose line up, Sammy Hagar would play the "motorcycle" introduction on a lap steel slide guitar. Hagar provided the same intro when Chickenfoot, the supergroup composed of Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, performed a version during their live performances. Joe Satriani did the "motorcycle" introduction at the Montrose tribute concert using the whammy bar on his guitar instead of the slide guitar. The song has also been included on the Sammy Hagar compilation The Essential Red Collection. 


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If you get lonely on your daddy's farm 
Just remember I don't live too far. 
And there's a red bridge that arcs the bay, yeah 
You'll be at my place in less that a day. 

So get on your bad motor scooter and ride 
Up over to my place and stay all night. 
First thing in the morning we'll be feeling all right 
So get on your bad motor scooter and ride. 

Oh, the last I seen your face 
I swore that no one would take your place. 
Now since you've been gone I've been feelin' bad, yeah 
I'd come out to your place (but) 
I'm afraid of your dad so you

Ride, ride, ride. 
Come on baby, ooh yeah. 
Crank it on up!

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Sammy Hagar

Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He afterwards launched a successful solo career, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with "I Can't Drive 55". From 1985 to 1996, and 2003 to 2005, Hagar was the singer for Van Halen. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen. more »

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