Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever

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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 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:52
Great Gonzos! The Best of Ted Nugent 1981 Legacy / Epic 3:39
Hard Rockin' 70s [Priority] 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Hot 'n Heavy 1991
Various Artists
Columbia 3:40
Sounds of the Seventies: Guitar Power 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:06
Out of Control 1993 Epic / Legacy 3:38
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 3:38
No Image 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
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
Ted Nugent/Cat Scratch Fever/Free-For-All 1997 Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Rock for the Ages 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Super Hits 1998 Legacy / Epic 3:41
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
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 7 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:39
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:39
Mega Rock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Rock'n Roll Greatest Hits 70's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:07
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
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 11 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Naughty Platinum Rock 2000
Various Artists
Portrait / Sony Music Distribution 3:39
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Hard Rockin' Hits: 20 Original Recordings 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:40
Rock Hits of the 70's [Sony Special Products 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:38
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:38
Boston Celtics: Celtic Pride 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:36
Denver Nuggets: Gold Rush 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:36
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
Sony Music Distribution 3:40
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) 5:26
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 3:53
Rock This 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:05
The Ultimate Ted Nugent 2002 Legacy / Epic 3:39
No Image 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:40
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
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
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 [Rhino Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Beer for My Horses 2008
Original Soundtrack
Show Dog Nashville
The Essential Ted Nugent [Limited Edition 3.0] 2008 Epic / Legacy 3:39
The Collection: The Hits of 1977 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
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
Million Dollar Riff 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:40
No Image 2010 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 5:27
The Essential Ted Nugent 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:39
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:39
Pure... Hard Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
Greatest Ever! Rock Guitars 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:40
The Box Set Series 2014 Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 3:40
The 70s: Ted Nugent 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:41
Cape Cod 1981 2017 Good Ship Funke 4:59
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 3:39
Rock Line, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Hit Master / Zebralution
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:38