Ted Nugent Explains The Logic Behind ‘Jailbait’ By Using Angus Young And Eric Clapton

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Ted Nugent talked about one of his targeted songs and made fun of the people who criticized him for the lyrics he wrote during one of his live streams on his official Youtube channel. He emphasized ‘their craziness’ by showing Angus Young and Eric Clapton as examples.

Ted Nugent released his second live album entitled ‘Intensities in 10 Cities,’ recording ten songs in the ten cities as a part of his tour on March 2, 1981. Thanks to its sounds and Nugent’s performance, the album received positive reviews from critics and the musician’s longtime dedicated fans back then. Still, his words in his work drew more significant attention years later, and one of them was too problematic to understand and admire.

‘Jailbait’ became a very controversial song because of its lyrics about stealing purses, cars, and even having sex with a 13-year-old child. Also, the character offers that girl to the police officer who is arresting him to get rid of the jail. After many women stepped forward to accuse Nugent of child abuse and her relationship and adoption, 17-year-old Pele Massa went public; it was more than a track for people.

However, the musician denied these claims and defined them as lies despite previous words about the underage girl. These denials didn’t stop the constant backlash against Nugent, so he probably wanted to explain himself, and why he wrote a song like ‘Jailbait.’ During his conversation with the fans, the singer wanted to highlight that writing a song about something doesn’t mean that he did it.

Moreover, Nugent made a joke, saying that he stole the purses and cars and had sex with a child, while Eric Clapton shot the sheriff and Angus Young used TNT. He referred to Clapton’s iconic cover song ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.’ The famous musician drew attention to ‘the mob of hysterical idiots,’ which made him laugh until he cried all the time. According to Nugent, people take songs more seriously than they are.

Nugent shared his ideas, saying:

“Did you write a song called ‘Jailbait?’ Yes, I did because I steal purses and cars, and I share underage girls with cops. Eric Clapton shot the sheriff. Who needs Richard Pryor’s ‘Afro to Catch Fire’ for humor anymore? The left has created an absolute mob of hysterical idiots that you can see the tears in my eyes. I laugh until I cry. These idiots are so funny. What did you see in the Ted Nugent song ‘Jailbait?’ It’s about stealing cars and purses, and Eric Clapton shot the sheriff, and Angus Young with AC/DC uses TNT and strychnine.”

You can check out the video and song below.