The Amboy Dukes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: psychedelic rock psychedelic 60s classic rock garage rock hard rock rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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Originally from Detroit, Michigan, USA, the Amboy Dukes - John Drake (vocals), Ted Nugent (13 December 1948, Detroit, Michigan, USA; lead guitar), Steve Farmer (rhythm guitar), Rick Lorber (keyboards), Bill White (bass) and Dave Palmer (drums) - achieved notoriety for their rendition of ‘Journey To The Center Of The Mind’, which featured Nugent’s snarling guitar and reached the US Top 20 in 1968. The brashness of their version of Them’s ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ set the tone for the band’s subsequent albums on which Farmer’s rather pretentious lyrics often undermined the music on offer. The band was highly competent on instrumentals, however, such as the evocative ‘Scottish Tea’. Frequent changes in personnel (Drake, Lorber and White were replaced, in turn, by Rusty Day, Andy Solomon and Greg Arama) made little difference to the Amboy Dukes’ development, as the band increasingly became an outlet for...

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