The History of Rock

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The History of Rock
Kid Rock The History of Rock.jpg
Compilation album by Kid Rock
Released May 30, 2000
Recorded 1992-2000
Length 64:46
Label Atlantic
Kid Rock chronology
Devil Without a Cause
(1998)Devil Without a Cause1998
The History of Rock
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[4]

The History of Rock is a compilation album released by Kid Rock in 2000, as the unofficial follow up to Devil Without a Cause.[5] After acquiring the rights to his indie-label recordings, Rock decided to release a compilation of older material. The album contains material from the albums The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp. The liner notes state that Rock re-recorded the songs from Polyfuze because he could not find the master recordings, and "remixed and touched up" the EMSP tracks to show how they would have sounded if Rock had the money to record them properly at the time. There are also three previously unreleased songs from those album sessions ("Born 2 B A Hick" from the Polyfuze sessions in 1992, "Dark and Grey" and "Abortion" from the EMSP sessions in 1994). The only new tracks were "American Bad Ass", which was the first single from the album, and "Fuck That", which had been used previously for the Any Given Sunday soundtrack. "Fuck U Blind" was re-written from the original version and was more funk than the original rap metal version. Foreshadowing his move out of hip hop, he remade both "Prodigal Son" and "My Oedipus Complex" as southern rock songs. Even though they were recorded in 1992, "Born 2 B A Hick" was a rockabilly song and "Abortion" was a dark blues ballad.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Robert Ritchie (Kid Rock), Wes Gandy (Wes Chill) 1:08
2. "American Bad Ass" Ritchie, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:32
3. "Prodigal Son" Ritchie 6:41
4. "Paid" Ritchie 4:45
5. "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (feat. Joe C. and Tino) Ritchie, Martin Gross 7:14
6. "Dark & Gray" Ritchie 4:56
7. "3 Sheets To the Wind (What's My Name?)" Ritchie 3:59
8. "Abortion" Ritchie 4:29
9. "I Wanna Go Back" Ritchie 5:29
10. "Ya' Keep On" Ritchie, Barbara Lomas, Carlos Ward, Dennis Rowe, Louis Risbrook, William Risbrook, Orlando Woods, Richard Thompson 3:57
11. "Fuck That" Ritchie 3:42
12. "Fuck U Blind" Ritchie 3:57
13. "Born 2 B a Hick" Ritchie 1:42
14. "My Oedipus Complex" (feat. Twisted Brown Trucker) Ritchie 8:19

Track listing for clean version[edit]

A clean version of the album is also available, removing all of the profanity and the song "Fuck U Blind". The clean version of the album also removes a photo of Rock dressed as a barbarian and gesturing an upraised middle finger from the inside of the booklet and all of the other photos of people making the same gesture.

No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 1:07
2. "American Bad Ass" 4:32
3. "Prodigal Son" 6:41
4. "Paid" 4:45
5. "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" 7:14
6. "Dark & Gray" 4:56
7. "3 Sheets to the Wind / What's My Name?" 3:59
8. "Abortion" 4:29
9. "I Wanna Go Back" 5:29
10. "Ya' Keep On" 3:53
11. "F**k That" 3:42
12. "Born 2 B a Hick" 1:42
13. "My Oedipus Complex" 8:19

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released on May 30, 2000 and debuted at number two, selling 450,000 copies. The lone single was "American Bad Ass". It was performed on Saturday Night Live along with "Only God Knows Why", The Tonight Show with Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich of Metallica and on WWF Raw for its promotional first week push. Kid Rock would perform several TV concerts Live at Much Music (Now Fuse), EMP Seattle and USA Farmclub. Kid Rock then went on the Summer Sanitiurm Tour with Metallica, Korn, System of a Down, and Powerman 5000. He filled in on vocals for Metallica in Atlanta and Sparta when James Hetfield was involved in a jet skiing accident. MTV aired the special All Access showing performance from Baltimore, MD on July 4, 2000. In August 2000 Kid Rock began the "History Of Rock Tour". "Fuck That" was featured on the Any Given Sunday soundtrack in 1999. "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" was in the soundtrack to 2000's Road Trip. "3 Sheets To The Wind" was in 2003's Matchstick Men. "American Bad Ass" has been used for three movie trailers: GI Joe, Battleship, and The Gunman.


  • Kid Rock - Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, organ, drums
  • Michael Stevens - Narration


  1. American Bad Ass - "Sad But True" by Metallica (uses structure of the song) & "Hobo Scratch" by Malcolm McLaren (vocal sample only)
  2. Prodigal Son - "When The Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin (drums), " Never Had A Reason" by Head East (guitar riff on verses) and " Dear Mr Fantasy" by Traffic (vocal cadence and guitar and drums on chorus)
  3. Paid - "Love Me In A Special Way" by El DeBarge (piano) and Pusherman by Curtis Mayfield ( bass line)
  4. Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp-"Lucille" ( hook/riff) and "How Blue Can You Get" ( piano) by BB King and "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin (vocal sample only) and Pink Panther Theme (bass line)
  5. Dark & Grey - "Rock And Roll" Led Zeppelin (drums on outro)
  6. 3 Sheets To The Wind - "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa (backbeat)
  7. Abortion - "All Along The Watchtower" (guitar and solo) by Jimi Hendrix and "Private Number" by Judy Clay and William Bell (vocal sample only)
  8. I Wanna Go Back - "Here We Go" by Run-DMC (vocal sample only)
  9. Ya Keep On - "Express" by B.T. Express (samples the train whistle)
  10. Fuck That - "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath (guitar hook)
  11. Fuck You Blind - "Smoke On The Water" by Deep Purple (bass line)
  12. Born 2 B A Hick - "Get Out Of Denver" by Bob Seger (uses structure of song)
  13. My Oedipus Complex - "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin (guitar riff on the choruses and outro solo)



  1. American Bad Ass
  2. I'm A Dog, Bitch
  3. Lonely Road Of Faith
  4. Man In Black
  5. Only God Knows Why (Country Version)
  6. Turn The Page ( 2nd Version)
  7. U Know What I'm Saying ft. Run-DMC
  8. Warm Winter (Re Worked Version)

These were documented in his 2000 cover story in Rolling Stone Magazine.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The History of Rock at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ (in the album's liner notes, Rock says to "look for the follow up to Devil Without a Cause in 2001")
  6. ^