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Los Angeles, California, United States (1967 – 1971, 1974 – present, 1980 – present)

Steppenwolf is a rock band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1967. The band originally consisted of John Kay (vocals, guitar), Michael Monarch (guitar), Rushton Moreve (bass), Goldie McJohn (keyboards) and Jerry Edmonton (drums). The band is best known for their hit singles “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”. They were named after the novel Der Steppenwolf by German author Hermann Hesse.

Frontman John Kay’s mother escaped with him at age 4 from Soviet occupied East Germany, an event recounted in the song “Renegade” on the album Steppenwolf Seven. His family resettled in Hannover, West Germany, before moving to Canada in 1958. Kay is partially blind, hence the use of dark glasses

In 1968, Nick St. Nicholas replaced Moreve as bass player.

Steppenwolf had its origins in the Toronto blues band Sparrow, which was formed in 1964 and played coffeehouses in Yorkville. By 1967 they had settled in San Francisco.

Steppenwolf rocketed to fame after their third single, “Born to Be Wild” was used in the movie Easy Rider, as well as “The Pusher”. The former song may have coined the term “heavy metal”. This was followed by several more hits, including “Magic Carpet Ride” from Steppenwolf the Second, and “Rock Me” from At Your Birthday Party. Many fans consider their double album Steppenwolf Live the best of Steppenwolf’s releases. Monster and For Ladies Only were the band’s most political albums, and are still fondly remembered by fans as two of the best rock & roll snapshots of the attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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  • PhnomPencil

    One of the biggest bands of the highest rated subgenre of the highest rated genre of the highest rated period of modern popular music, and people in this shoutbox are STILL calling them underrated. Classic rock fans are the worst.

    12 Jul 7:17am Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    "I'm nobody's slave, I'm nobody's master" - Love the howl of the (Steppen)-Wolf! ;)

    16 Jun 8:16am Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    "On this earth, with all it's madness Heaven help a Jupiter's child" --- So much love for this band! Most all their songs are amazing... LOVE Kay's writing and singing! Brilliant band! <3

    16 Jun 8:12am Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    "You know I've seen a lot of people walkin' around with tombstones {+ _ +} in their eyes." Boy oh boy. Man, you said ... er sang a mouthful there, John. For the ages. Iconic song.

    3 Apr 10:00am Reply
  • jellypanini

    get your motor runnin'

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sls

    Magic carpet ride <3

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    Monster/Suicide/America is a fantastic song.

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    крутая группа, настоящий классик-рок, мне по нраву.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Dylstew2

    Really like the first 2 albums, the few after are decent, but the albums with the synths are terrible! They're so cheesy and SO 80's! >.<

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    i never realized how much i like this band. At Your Birthday Party is rad

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MetalRocknAles

    Born to be wiiiiiiiiild

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

    .•*¨*•♫♪•<❤>_♪♫ॐ•_•ॐ♫♪+<❤>•♪♫•*¨*•.¸ ништяк

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    Get your motor runnin'

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mik4eri

    A legend.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • therewporcayo


    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • pddisp

    The Monster, John Kaye might as well have been singing about America today

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Hupcio

    Good song about motorcycles

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Romencer17

    quite underrated, great band really though

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    One of those bands where it is insane to see the leap between the radio hits and the rest: They have more than two songs people!

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • l-gwendoline


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