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Summer night soundtracks: 'Night Moves' by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band + Video

Summer night soundtracks: 'Night Moves' by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Written by Amy Burger
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Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s, in the heyday of Peaches Records and KSHE "Real Rock Radio," I heard a lot of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

In a way, it was the soundtrack of my youth, and his songs still fill me with nostalgia for those carefree childhood days. To me, there are few songs, and thus albums, that conjure the feeling of a hot summer night quite like "Night Moves."

The song "Night Moves" was Seger's biggest hit, and the one that launched him into fame. From the sweet opening strum of the guitar to Seger's sultry rasp singing, "In the summertime... in the sweet summertime, summertime," this song is the very embodiment of being "young and restless and bored" on a hot summer night. "Night Moves" is a simple tune that perfectly captures something we can all relate to and remember -- unbridled teenage lust -- making out in the back of a car or sneaking off in the woods with complete freedom and reckless abandon.

By the time you reach that heavy pause as Seger's voice alone reminds, "With autumn closing in," you feel as if you've relived an entire perfect summer in just over five minutes.

The album's second biggest hit, "Mainstreet," provides more of the same sultry summer youth vibe. The hauntingly beautiful guitar hook (probably one of the most recognizable of all time) simply tugs at the soul, and paired with Seger's vocal, evokes a perfect picture of night life in a small Midwestern town.

"Rock and Roll Never Forgets" is a classic rock anthem, made for being played loud, perhaps while driving with the windows or top down. In previous interviews about the album, Seger has noted that, in addition to his own youth in Ann Arbor, Mich., "Night Moves" was party inspired by the film "American Graffiti," George Lucas' classic about teenagers in 1962 out cruising on a hot summer night. So it comes as no surprise that this album feels every bit like it was created for that purpose.

Some may argue that these tunes have been played ad nauseam on commercial classic rock radio for so many years; but they have stood the test of time and still feel as powerful as they did when the album was released in 1976. Summer nights were made for "workin' on mysteries without any clues," and "Night Moves" is the perfect soundtrack.

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