Cat Scratch Fever (song)

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"Cat Scratch Fever"
Single by Ted Nugent
from the album Cat Scratch Fever
Released May 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 3:38, 3:04 (Single)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent singles chronology
"Dog Eat Dog"
"Cat Scratch Fever"
"Home Bound"

"Cat Scratch Fever" is a rock song by Ted Nugent that appears on the album of the same name. The song is well known for its signature riff, which is a 3-tone minor-key melody harmonized in parallel fourths. In 2009, it was named the 32nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 37
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 30

Pantera cover[edit]

"Cat Scratch Fever"
Single by Pantera
from the album Detroit Rock City soundtrack
Released 1999
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:48
Label Polygram
Writer(s) Ted Nugent
Pantera singles chronology
"Where You Come From"
"Cat Scratch Fever"
"Revolution Is My Name"

The tune was covered by Pantera for the Detroit Rock City CD soundtrack.[2] Their version peaked at 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[3] Nugent criticized the version claiming, "It was exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way."[4] Nugent later released more positive comments on the group and even mourned the death of Dimebag Darrell saying, "It's a heartbreaker."[5]


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 40

Covers and in other media[edit]


  1. ^ "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". January 1, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Detroit Rock City - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Pantera". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TED NUGENT Says PANTERA's Version Of 'Cat Scratch Fever' Had 'No Soul, No Balls'". Roadrunner Records. Archived from the original on February 14, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net - Ted Nugent: Dimebag Darrell'S Death Is A 'Heartbreaker'". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved February 9, 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Gary's Got a Boner - The Replacements". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2012.