There is something a little amusing that a song called ‘Born To Be Wild’ is covered by a band whose name is one of the Big 5 animals. But then again, the original was by SteppenWOLF. However, where the original was a rock song, Peter Vee and his band turned it into disco rock. The medley stats off with Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’’ moves into Tommy James & The Shondells (Billy Idol’s version hadn’t been invented back then) ‘Mony Mony’, spends some time running through an instrumental tribute to The Kinks (‘All Day And All Of The Night’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ before finally easing into the old Steppenwolf classic.
Clocking in at just over 14 minutes, this would have been a DJ dream back in the late 70s early 80s. The mixing was already done, the songs were classics that everyone on the dancefloor could sing-a-long to, the beat was just right for the time, the guitars meant you could really crank the volume up and given the length of the track, you could just leave it playing while heading off to grab a drink, or chat up a girl.
So, find an old mirror ball somewhere, set it going in the middle of the lounge, send the neighbours away for the evening and then dance the night away, just you and your air guitar and of course Buffalo’s ‘Born To Be Wild Medley’
Where to find it:
Disco Fever – Various Artists, (July 1999), Gallo, CDREDD 627 (Out of print, so you may struggle)