Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever

Composed by Ted Nugent

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This is gonzo guitarist Ted Nugent's signature tune and may have marked the beginnings of the loin-clothed singer's longtime obsession with wild animals. The rock beast who cannot be tamed screamed into the mainstream with the Top 30 title song from his 1977 album; it later became an album radio staple. One listen to "Cat Scratch Fever" and it's clear the guy was a riff genius. The live version of the song also helped to catapult his follow-up album, Double Live Gonzo, into the multi-platinum arena. The song has been covered by everyone from the bold and brash Motörhead (on their 1992 March or Die album) to the fey and gentle Moog Cookbook, who included it on their synthesized journey through the center of classic rock, Ye Old Space Band Plays Classic Rock. Naturally, it was included on the soundtrack to 1999's Detroit Rock City. The challenge? To recall anything from the lyric besides the title refrain.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cat Scratch Fever 1977 Friday Music
Double Live Gonzo! 1978 Rock Candy 4:03
Great Gonzos! The Best of Ted Nugent 1981 Sony Music Distribution
Hard Rockin' 70s [Priority] 1991
Various Artists
Priority
Hot 'n Heavy 1991
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
Sounds of the Seventies: Guitar Power 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
Out of Control 1993 Sony Music Distribution 3:38
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Harley Davidson Road Songs 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:38
Axe Gods: Rock's Greatest Guitarists 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:43
Classic Live Performances, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:50
No Image 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:07
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:39
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Private Parts 1997
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 3:36
Live at Hammersmith '79 1997 Sbme Special Mkts.
Ted Nugent/Cat Scratch Fever/Free-For-All 1997 Sony Music Distribution
Rock for the Ages 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Classic Rock: 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Super Hits 1998 Sony Music Distribution
70s Heavy Hitters: Arena Rockers 1975-1979 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Greatest Rock: All-Time Classics, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Guitar Rock: Heavy Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:06
Made in America, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:45
Rock'n Roll Greatest Hits 70's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:07
Classic Rock, Vol. 2 [Platinum Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:37
Made in America [Delta #3] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:45
Naughty Platinum Rock 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG / Sony Music
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:38
Detroit Pistons: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:36
Joe Dirt 2001
Original Soundtrack
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Full Bluntal Nugity 2001 Eagle Records 5:27
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:39
You Will Be Rocked! 2001
Various Artists
Warner/ESP / Rhino 3:39
Noble Savage 2001 Recall (UK)
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 3:53
Rock This 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:05
The Ultimate Ted Nugent 2002 Legacy
No Image 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:41
Ted Nugent's Greatest 2003 Platinum Disc 3:41
Take No Prisoners 2003 Sony Music Distribution 3:41
Rock Party 1972-1982: 10 Years Of American Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2004
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:39
Rockin' 70's [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:40
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Triple Treat: Rock 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:41
Ted Nugent/Mountain 2005 Collectables 3:40
Classic Rock Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:39
Headbanger's Bible: 45 of the Biggest Headbangers 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 3:37
Extended Versions 2005 BMG Special Products / Sony BMG 3:49
Feel the Noize: All Time Greatest Rock Anthems 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:38
Collections 2006 Sony BMG 3:41
Highway South: Overdrive 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:06
7th Inning Stretch 2006
Original TV Soundtrack
Koch 3:39
The Seventies: Hard Rockin 70's, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:39
Rock of the Seventies [Sbme] 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:39
Heavy Metal [Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Heavy Metal Box [Rhino] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Ted Nugent/Cat Scratch Fever 2008 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Original Album Classics 2008 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:40
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Beer for My Horses 2008
Original Soundtrack
Universal Music 3:37
The Essential Ted Nugent [Limited Edition 3.0] 2008 Epic/Legacy 3:39
Top of the Pop Hits, Vol. 2: The 70s [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:40
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 3:39
Playlist: The Very Best of Ted Nugent 2009 BMG / Sony Music
Motor City Mayhem [DVD/Blu-Ray] 2009 Eagle Vision
The Collection: The Hits of 1977 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
The Music of Ted Nugent 2009 Epic / Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:40
Essential: The Power of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:40
OCC Rocks 2009
Various Artists
CMG/Orange Coun / Red/OCC Records 3:39
Motor City Mayhem: 6,000th Concert [DVD] 2009 Eagle Vision
Setlist: The Very Best of Ted Nugent Live 2010 Epic / Legacy 4:39
The Essential Ted Nugent 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:39
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
Essential: Dock Rock 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Pure... Hard Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
Cat Scratch Fever/Free-for-All 2011 Allegro / American Legends 4:52
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:39
Greatest Ever! Driving Rock 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Ever! Rock Guitars 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:40
Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes 2013
Various Artists
USM Media
Pure... 70s 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
Ultralive Ballisticrock 2013 Frontiers / Frontiers Records / Frontiers Records
Motor City Mayhem/Sweden Rocks 2014 Eagle / Eagle Rock 4:37
The Box Set Series 2014 Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 3:40
30 Stars: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
The Party Mix: Power Ballads 2014
Various Artists
Crimson 3:04
The  70s: Ted Nugent 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:41
Eagle Vision Blu-Ray Sampler
Various Artists
Eagle Vision
No Image Jrae Live 6:29
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:05
Rock Line, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Hit Master / Zebralution 5:31
Rockin' on the Road
Various Artists
Laser Media
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
The Loudness: Rock Hits Turned Up to 11
Various Artists
Warner Music
Top of the Pop Hits: The 70s, Vol. 2: Disc 6
Various Artists
Collectables 3:40
Ultimate... Rock
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
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