Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 19 July 2013 09:00

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
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

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.

Upcoming Concerts

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-mix.jpg

KDHX Recommends

May
Saturday
02

Brunch at the Stage: Tom Hall and Alice Spencer

KDHX is now curating a Saturday brunch series at the Stage with live music from local musicians and delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks from the Magnolia Café. Brunch at the Stage takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m....


May
Thursday
07

Midwest Mayhem presented by KDHX

KDHX proudly presents the 10th Midwest Mayhem, KDHX’s biggest party of the year, sprawling across 600,000 square feet of the famed City Museum. Tons of bands and DJs are scheduled to perform, as well as other wild...


May
Friday
08

New Music Circle presents Tim Berne's Snakeoil

New York-based alto saxophonist Tim Berne has long been regarded as one of the Downtown scene’s most forward thinking bandleaders. Active in New York since 1974, Berne has fostered the creative talent of subsequent...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

3 users and 10603 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook