Album review: Ted Nugent, If You Can’t Lick ‘Em…Lick ‘Em (1988)


By Steve Newton

Ted Nugent used to rock. I mean really rock. The first time I heard “Cat Scratch Fever” I was blown away–and the tune even made it onto AM radio! His first couple of solo albums (after the break-up of the Amboy Dukes) were loaded with over-the-top, chew-em-up-‘n-spit-em-out raunch tunes like “Paratrooper”, “Just What the Doctor Ordered”, and “Dog Eat Dog”, and it looked like nothing could slow Terrible Ted down.

In the last few years, though, the Nuge has been wimping out. His latest release is one of his weakest ever–it sounds like he’s totally given up his go-for-broke approach in favour of safe, formulated rock. Where’s the screaming vocals? Where’s the dangerous guitar blasts that could kill small rodents? Not here. I’ll tell ya. The Motor City Madman is gonna have to do a lot better before he gets back in my good books.





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