Cat Scratch Fever

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Cat Scratch Fever
Cat scratch fever cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 13, 1977
RecordedJanuary and March 1977
StudioColumbia Recording Studios, New York City and CBS Studios, London, UK
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
ProducerLew Futterman, Tom Werman, Cliff Davies
Ted Nugent chronology
Cat Scratch Fever
Double Live Gonzo!
Singles from Cat Scratch Fever
  1. "Cat Scratch Fever" / "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang"
    Released: May 13, 1977
  2. "Home Bound" / "Death by Misadventure"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[4]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[5]

Cat Scratch Fever is the third studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released on May 13, 1977, by Epic Records. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All, had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the principle lead singer on this album.

A commercial success, the album has been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.[6] Nugent released his next album, Double Live Gonzo!, the following year.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Nugent, except "Live It Up", written by Nugent and Derek St. Holmes. All songs arranged by Nugent, Rob Grange, St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.

Side one
1."Cat Scratch Fever"3:41
2."Wang Dang Sweet Poontang"3:17
3."Death by Misadventure"3:31
4."Live It Up"4:02
5."Home Bound" (instrumental)4:43
Side two
6."Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard"5:44
7."Sweet Sally"2:34
8."A Thousand Knives"4:48
9."Fist Fightin' Son of a Gun"2:51
10."Out of Control"3:27


Band members
Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1977 Swedish Albums Chart[7] 14
Billboard 200 (US)[8] 17
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[9] 25
UK Album Chart[10] 28


Year Title Chart Position
1977 "Cat Scratch Fever" Billboard Hot 100 (US)[11] 30
RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)[12] 37
1978 "Home Bound" Billboard Hot 100 (US)[11] 70


Country Organization Year Sales
U.S. RIAA 2001 3× Platinum (3,000,000)[6]
Canada CRIA 1979 Platinum (100,000)[13]


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "Cat Scratch Fever". Classic Rock. No. 76. p. 108.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: N". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 207. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (July 28, 1977). "Album Reviews: Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  6. ^ a b "RIAA Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  7. ^ "Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  8. ^ "Ted Nugent Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 28, No. 8, November 19, 1977". Library and Archives Canada. September 3, 1977. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  10. ^ "Ted Nugent Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Ted Nugent Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 28, No. 1, October 01, 1977". Library and Archives Canada. 1 October 1977. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  13. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Search for Ted Nugent". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-16.