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“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers

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“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers

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“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers


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    “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers (official video) is a hard rock song.

    Song Title: Bad to the Bone (official video)
    Artist: George Thorogood and the Destroyers
    Album: Bad to the Bone
    Genre: classic rock, rock, hard rock, blues rock, electric blues
    Composer: Copyright © 1981 George Thorogood
    Lead Vocals: George Thorogood
    Guitar: George Thorogood
    Bass Guitar: Billy Blough
    Drums: Jeff Simon
    Saxophone: Hank Carter
    Producer: The Delaware Destroyers
    Recorded: 1981
    Released: 17 September 1982
    Format: 7" 45-rpm vinyl single
    B-side: No Particular Place to Go
    Label: EMI America
    Number of listens: 22441
    Current rank: 467 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 460 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)


    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Bad to the Bone” is a song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers released in 1982 on the album of the same name. While it was not a major hit on initial release, its video made recurrent appearances on the nascent MTV, which was created a year before. Licensing for films, television, and commercials has since made “Bad to the Bone” better recognized.

Structure and influences

    The song’s roots can be traced back to rock and roll musician Bo Diddley’s song “I’m a Man”, which uses a similar guitar riff and vocal rhythm, and has a similar overall structure, as well as Muddy Waters’s “Mannish Boy” or “Hoochie Coochie Man” and Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Gangster of Love”. The riff is also very similar to the one from Chuck Berry’s song “No Money Down” as well as Elvis Presley’s “Trouble”.

Music video

    The video intercuts a live performance by Thorogood and his band with his playing a lengthy game of pool with Bo Diddley. Pool player Willie Mosconi is summoned from another room by a spectator, and he wagers a large sum of money on Diddley. As Thorogood appears to be winning, a group of children outside celebrate while Diddley gets a dirty look from Mosconi.

    Thorogood smokes a fat cigar throughout the pool-playing sequence. The video ends with Thorogood making the 8 ball drop into a pocket by flicking a large quantity of cigar ash on the floor, apparently triggering the drop of the ball in the pocket.

Authorship claim

    Chicago area musician James Pobiega, who goes by the stage name “Little Howlin’ Wolf”, has claimed that he wrote “Bad to the Bone” and that Thorogood stole it from him.

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    Dimitra: This is George Thorogood and the Destroyers’s best song.

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