It was a joke!

It was a joke!

Randy Bachman left the band with his own name on it, Bachman Turner Overdrive or BTO, 31 years ago today (August 9th, 1987). The song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” was never meant for public consumption but it became the band’s biggest hit in 1974. The song was initially recorded to set sound levels for recording the Not Fragile album, then finished as an in-joke they never expected to see the light of day. But the head of their record label didn’t hear a hit on the album and asked if they had anything else. Bachman says he tried to re-do his stuttered vocal, “but it sounded too much like Frank Sinatra,” so they kept the original. He explains why he stuttered and why he thinks it became such a big song. Here’s Randy Bachman:

“We had a brother, Gary, who used to manage us, and he stuttered and stammered all his life. And I figure, ‘Well, this song is not going to be on the album, so I’ll just sing it like Gary and I’ll send it to him and he’ll have his own tape of us, his brothers, doing this song where I’m singing like he talks and no one else in the world will have it.’ But what I think people heard in that song was some carefree rock and roll and some fun. I mean, it was just a total spontaneous goofing around.”

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