Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf

Rola: Born to be Wild
Traducción: Nacido salvaje
Intérprete: Steppenwolf
Compositor: Mars Bonfire
Disco: Steppenwolf
Productor: Gabriel Mekler


"Born to Be Wild" is a rock song written by Mars Bonfire and made famous by the Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. It is often used in popular culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder," marks the first use of this term in rock music.

"Born to Be Wild" was written by Mars Bonfire (who also wrote several other songs for Steppenwolf) as a slow ballad. Writer Bonfire was previously a member of the Sparrows, the predecessor band to Steppenwolf, and his brother was Steppenwolf's drummer. Although he initially offered the song to other bands — The Human Expression, for one — Born to Be Wild was first recorded in 1967 by Steppenwolf in a sped-up and rearranged version, that the All Music Guide's Hal Horowitz described as "a roaring anthem of turbo-charged riff rock" and "a timeless radio classic as well as a slice of '60s revolt that at once defines Steppenwolf's sound and provided them with their shot at AM immortality.

"Born to be Wild" was the band's third single off their debut album and became the most successful single, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed "Born to be Wild" at #129 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. In 2009, it was named the 53rd best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Ha sido utilizada, entre otras, para las siguientes películas: Coming Home, One Crazy Summer, Opportunity Knocks, Dr. Dolittle 2, Speechless, Armed and Dangerous, Mr Bean's Holiday y Wild America


Duración: 03:29
Año: 1968
Formato: 7"
A la venta: 01/06/1968
Lado B: Everybody's Next One
Disquera: Dunhill Records


John Kay - voz principal
Rushton Moreve - bajo y coros
Michael Monarch - guitarra y coros
Goldy McJohn - órgano Hammond y piano
Jerry Edmonton - batería y coros


Lugar en 'RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time'


Lugar máximo en 'Billboard'



Get your motor runnin’.
Head out on the highway
lookin’ for adventure
and whatever comes our way.

Darlin’, go make it happen.
Take the world in a love embrace.
Fire all of your guns at once
and explode into space.

I like smoke and lightning,
heavy metal thunder,
racin’ with the wind
and the feelin’ that i’m under.

Like a true nature’s child.
We were born, born to be wild.
We can climb so high.
I never wanna die.
Born to be wild.
Born to be wild.

Pon el motor en marcha.
Métete por la autopista
buscando aventuras
y lo que se cruce en el camino.

Querida, hagamos que suceda.
Conquista el mundo con un abrazo cariñoso.
Dispara todas tus armas a la vez
y explota en el espacio.

Me gusta el humo y los relámpagos,
el relámpago de metal pesado,
echar una carrera con el viento
y la sensación de estar debajo.

Como un auténtico hijo de la naturaleza.
Nacimos para ser libres.
Podemos escalar muy alto.
No quiero morir nunca.
Nacido para ser libre.
Nacido para ser libre.


1. "Sookie Sookie"
2. "Everybody's Next One"
3. "Berry Rides Again"
4. "Hoochie Coochie Man"
5. "Born to Be Wild"
6. "Your Wall's Too High"

1. "Desperation"
2. "The Pusher"
3. "A Girl I Knew"
4. "Take What You Need"
5. "The Ostrich"

Steppenwolf is the first album created by Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 (see 1968 in music) on ABC Dunhill Records.

The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs "Born to Be Wild", as well as "The Pusher", both of which were used in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. "Berry Rides Again" is a song tribute to guitarist Chuck Berry.

The background color of the original ABC LP cover was silver or "foil", in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve in which it is replaced by white.


Steppenwolf: Toronto

Steppenwolf are a Canadian-American, hard rock group that was prominent in the late 1960s. The group was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton after the dissolution of Toronto group The Sparrows of which Moreve was not a member.

The band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits, including three Top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1974, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, frontman John Kay is the only original member left, having served as lead singer for more than 40 years since 1967.

The name-change from "Sparrow" to "Steppenwolf" was suggested to John Kay by Gabriel Mekler, being inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. Steppenwolf's first two singles were "A Girl I Knew" and "Sookie Sookie". The band finally rocketed to worldwide fame after their third single, "Born to Be Wild", and their version of Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" were prominently used in the 1969 cult film Easy Rider (both titles originally had been released on the band's debut album). In the movie, "The Pusher" accompanies a drug deal, and Peter Fonda stuffing dollar bills into his Stars & Stripes-clad fuel tank, while "Born to Be Wild" is then heard in the opening credits, with Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their Indian and Harley choppers through the American West. The song, which has been closely associated with motorcycles ever since, introduced to rock lyrics the signature term "heavy metal" (though not about a kind of music, but about a motorcycle: "I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder, racin' with the wind..."). Written by Dennis Edmonton, who had begun using the pen name Mars Bonfire, the song had already reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1968. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

The following albums had several more hits, including "Magic Carpet Ride" (which reached #3) from Steppenwolf The Second and "Rock Me" (with its bridge lasting 1:06, which reached #10) from At Your Birthday Party. It also sold in excess of one million units.

Monster, which criticized US policy of the Nixon-era, and Steppenwolf 7 were the band's most political albums, which included the song "Snowblind Friend", another Axton-penned song, about the era and attitudes of drug problems.

There were several changes in the group's personnel after the first few years. Moreve was fired from the group in 1968 for missing gigs after he became afraid to return to Los Angeles, convinced that it was going to be leveled by an earthquake and fall into the sea. Rob Black filled in for Moreve until former fellow-Sparrow Nick St. Nicholas came aboard. Monarch quit after disagreements with Kay the next year year and was replaced by Larry Byrom, who'd been in TIME with St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas' tenure with the group proved to be brief and he was let go in 1970 after incurring Kay's wrath by showing up onstage in a bunny suit, and playing his bass loudly and out of tune. The above tales were related by Kay in his 1994 autobiography Magic Carpet Ride (co-written with Canadian author John Einarson). George Biondo was then recruited and guitarist Kent Henry replaced Byrom in 1971.

The band broke up in 1972 following the release of another political concept album, For Ladies Only, and Kay went on to an inconsistent solo career, scoring a minor solo hit in 1972 with "I'm Movin' On" from his album Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes.

Kay toured Europe as The John Kay Band in 1972 with Steppenwolf also on the bill, Kay fronting both groups.


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