Ted Nugent Reflects On Whether Grunge Slowed The Progression Of His Music

Ultimate Classic Rock recently interviewed Ted Nugent. During their conversation, Ted shared his ideas about his supergroup, Damn Yankees, which he founded during the rise of grunge and the other alternative rock genres. Also, Nugent unveiled whether grunge affected his records and projects with Damn Yankees back then.

Ted Nugent founded a supergroup named Damn Yankees with Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, and Michael Cartellone, who wasn’t a famous drummer back then but gained fame after joining Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1989. The supergroup’s line-up drew great attention, and they released their self-titled debut studio album on February 22, 1990. Then, it was followed by their second album, ‘Don’t Tread,’ which was released on August 11, 1992.

During the first years of Damn Yankees, the Seattle grunge scene’s popularity started increasing and became a subculture as an alternative rock genre. Grunge bands influenced and inspired both new generation bands and young people’s music taste. Hence, they were more interested in listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, or Alice in Chains than classic rock and metal bands.

Therefore, during their recent interview, the journalist wanted to hear Ted Nugent’s thoughts and feeling about that grunge-influenced era in the music industry. As a hard rock musician who preserved his popularity and commercial success during several eras, Ted Nugent clearly stated that grunge slowed neither Damn Yankee’s progression nor his solo records. The rise of grunge didn’t have any effect on the supergroup’s producing only two albums.

Nugent stated in his interview that:

“No, not at all. Again, I think the Damn Yankees are a musical force. I don’t know what influences radio or who the man behind the curtain is. Radio kind of let down the music industry, more than anything. MTV hurt the music industry more than anything because it was about imagery and style and fashion and the music seemed to be secondary.

Not in every instance, but in enough instances where some killer, killer music got lost. Let’s talk about Triumph. Holy God in heaven, what musical monsters those guys were. Not giving them the time of day to play some Boy George weirdness instead? That was kind of heartbreak, but I just plow forth no matter what, anyway! I think all of the great bands do.

I could name hundreds and hundreds of musical forces that have talent, work ethic, grit, passion, and defiance. AC/DC never broke stride. They were never like, ‘What’s grunge?’ They never went, ‘Well, there’s the Boy George stuff.’ They just AC/DC’ed like a crowbar up your ass, which is one of my favorite things in life.”

Furthermore, Ted Nugent added that many bands and musicians, such as AC/DC, were able to preserve their popularity and continue to sell millions of records thanks to their work ethic, talent, endless passion for music. Thus, both himself and the bands like AC/DC didn’t have to change their own unique styles.