Bachman & Turner's FRED TURNER - "I'm An Old Wrench-Turner From Way Back" Page 4
by Martin Popoff
The focus on hit singles was always at the fore in BTO, but with qualification, says Turner. "As far as the band went, and I'm sure the band was separate from Randy, because Randy has always thought Billboard, Record World - you know, being in the production and everything, that was his thing. For Robbie and Blair and I, basically we just wanted to write some songs, music, and hope that somebody would buy it, you know? So we weren't really worried about the pop side of it, and basically, when BTO broke, it was going more towards albums at that point. And because our second album, the second Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was the first to go gold, and it hit it as an album, we always ended up selling more albums than we did singles. We only had a couple of really big singles that really went deep into the industry, you know? Like, 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet' that was the biggest single we had. Then after that, I couldn't tell you the next single that got into the Top 10."
As for the band's association with bikes 'n' trucks, Fred figures, "They just picked up on the road songs and went with it. I really have no idea. I can't tell you. But I do have a story about Sturgis. Well, this the reason why I started singing 'House Of The Rising Sun'. We got there, I think it was 1990, possibly the 50th anniversary of Sturgis. And we were the headliners. Actually, that's a good story in itself. Because it was the 50th anniversary, there were 500,000 registered bikes, and who knows how many unregistered bikes. So you couldn't move on the highways, between Rapid City and Sturgis. It was just, everything was just gridlocked. And we were playing Buffalo Chip Park, which was Hells Angels. And they had to come and get us in Rapid City, and they came over in pickup trucks and took us across country to get to Buffalo Chip Park, and it was like Thunderball revisited. You know, there were things burning in the field, and it was wild. But anyway, we got to the stage, and on our way up on the stage, a couple of real big security guys from backstage came up to Randy and I and said, 'You know, Eric Burdon played this afternoon, and he didn't sing our favourite song, and we're pissed.' And of course I made the mistake of saying, 'What's your favourite song?' And they said 'House Of The Rising Sun'. And I said, 'Well, I've sung that before.' And they said, 'Would you do it tonight?' So I looked at Randy and said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'Well, I can handle it.' So we did 'House Of The Rising Sun', and that's where that came from."
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