Cat Scratch Fever

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Cat Scratch Fever
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Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released May 1977
Recorded January – March 1977 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, CBS Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 38:16
Label Epic
Producer Tom Werman, Lew Futterman, 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 1977
  2. "Home Bound/Death by Misadventure"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]
Classic Rock 5/5 stars[4]

Cat Scratch Fever (1977) is the third studio album by American guitarist and singer-songwriter Ted Nugent and his band, as well as the name of the album's title song. 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 lead singer on this album.

A commercial success, the album has been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. 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 Ted Nugent and Derek St. Holmes. All songs arranged by Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes and Cliff Davies.

  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
  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

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Cat Scratch Fever" (Live) – 4:52
  2. "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" (Live) – 5:44

Background information[edit]

"Death by Misadventure" recounts the death of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.


  • The American groove metal band Pantera recorded a cover of "Cat Scratch Fever" for the soundtrack to the 1999 comedy film Detroit Rock City (film). The track was later released on their best of compilation.

References in popular culture[edit]

  • The videogame Prey features the title track in the jukebox at the roadhouse.


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]




Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard 200 (North America)[5] 17
1977 RPM100 Albums (Canada)[6] 25
1977 UK Album Chart[7] 28
1977 Swedish Album Chart[8] 14


Year Title Chart Position
1977 "Cat Scratch Fever" Billboard Hot 100 (North America)[9] 30
RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)[10] 37
1978 "Home Bound" Billboard Hot 100 (North America)[9] 70

Sales Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA 3x Platinum (3,000,000)[11]
Canada CRIA Platinum (80,000)[12]


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  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Cat Scratch Fever". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "'Cat Scratch Fever'". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 108. 
  5. ^ "Cat Scratch Fever Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 28, No. 8, November 19, 1977". Library and Archives Canada. September 3, 1977. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Cat Scratch Fever Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Ted Nugent Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 28, No. 1, October 01 1977". Library and Archives Canada. 1 October 1977. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  11. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Cat Scratch Fever". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  12. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Cat Scratch Fever". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-14.