The first installment in our extensive classic covers series* is Wild Eyes, a 1972 game-changing classic rock track by The Stampeders.
Formed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Jack E's hometown and birthplace) in 1964, the group toured endlessly, endured many lineup changes, moved to Toronto, found success on major US labels and charts, notably when the oft-referenced track "Sweet City Woman" hit Billboard hard in '71, followed by appearances on the likes of the legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go in L.A, a forged friendship with good old Wolfman Jack, an appearance on The Dating Game, and a performance at Keith Moon's 26th birthday party...
Wild Eyes was a markedly heavier track for the Stampeders and one that won them a new subset of fans. Our own beloved and respected fan Larry Vettor saw fit to request that we cover this song, knowing it would hit a nerve with us, and we proudly dedicate our version of the song - and video - to him.
The video features us performing the song live in our Southern Ontario studio space under the watchful eyes of various creatures... or was it all just a bizarre Canadian rock'n'roll dream?
Thank you Larry Vettor for helping to fund our musical exploits, producing such exceptionally kind and talented offspring, and demonstrating to us that we might have more in common with The Stampeders than Calgarian roots and a singing drummer!
Thank you Stampeders for the time-tested classic song.
Check out their original version here: http://youtu.be/-V4fVcewWrs
*Cursed Arrows are a post-proto-punk duo from Canada. Our Classic Covers Project was initiated during the making of our 2013 full-length original album, SONIC UNION. All songs were performed and recorded by us, specifically by fan request, and remain unreleased outside of Youtube. All videos were shot and edited by Cursed Arrows.
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