Weekend Warriors (album)

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Weekend Warriors
Weekend Warriors.jpg
Cover art by Jeff Cummins
Studio album by Ted Nugent
Released September 1978
Recorded Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida,
CBS Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:30
Label Epic
Producer Lew Futterman, Cliff Davies and Tom Werman
Ted Nugent chronology
Double Live Gonzo!
(1978)Double Live Gonzo!1978
Weekend Warriors
State of Shock
(1979)State of Shock1979
Singles from Weekend Warriors
  1. "Need You Bad" / "I Got the Feelin'"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

Weekend Warriors is the fourth studio album by American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent, released in 1978.


It was the first Ted Nugent album not to feature Derek St. Holmes until Nugent in 1982. Instead, Charlie Huhn, the new guitarist for Nugent, performed on the album and several other albums until Holmes returned. Rob Grange left for good, citing the lack of credit for co-song writing and suspicions about Nugent's creative accounting, which was building his hunting dynasty instead of paying the band.

The front sleeve-art was by British artist Jeff Cummins and was originally commissioned by Oui magazine, to accompany an interview with Nugent. Nugent liked what he saw and the artwork was recommissioned by CBS, with additional work being carried out for use as the album sleeve.

Although the album was a success, it contains few songs that have become concert or radio standards.


Rock station WRIF in Detroit, Michigan used the song "Weekend Warriors" to kick off the start of the weekend at 6:00 PM, which was usually preceded by former DJ Arthur Penhallow proclaiming "It's the weekend!" Similarly, rock station WKTG in Madisonville, Kentucky used to use "Weekend Warriors" every Friday at 5:00 PM to start the weekend. However, the song has not been used recently, as it has been replaced by Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend".

The song "Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine" was referenced by Pantera on the 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which features a song called "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills."

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ted Nugent

Side one
  1. "Need You Bad" – 4:19
  2. "One Woman" – 4:04
  3. "I Got the Feelin'" – 3:05
  4. "Tight Spots" – 2:55
  5. "Venom Soup" – 5:47
Side two
  1. "Smokescreen" – 4:15
  2. "Weekend Warriors" – 3:09
  3. "Cruisin'" – 3:26
  4. "Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine" – 4:00
  5. "Name Your Poison" – 4:30


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Lew Futterman, Tom Werman - producers
  • Steve Klein - engineer
  • Tim Geelan - engineer, mixing
  • Kevin Ryan, Lou Schlossberg, Phil Giambaivo - assistant engineers



Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard 200 (United States)[4] 24
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[5] 22


Year Title Chart Position
1979 "Need You Bad" Billboard Hot 100 (United States)[6] 84
RPM100 Top Singles (Canada)[7] 82

Sales Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA Platinum (1,000,000)[8]
Canada CRIA Platinum (100,000)[9]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ted Nugent Weekend Warriors review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (February 2005). "Weekend Warriors". Classic Rock. No. 76. p. 109. 
  3. ^ Schneider, Mitchell (28 December 1978). "Album Reviews: Ted Nugent - Weekend Warriors". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Warriors Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 30, No. 14, December 30, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. 30 December 1978. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Ted Nugent Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 30, No. 19, February 03 1979". Library and Archives Canada. 3 February 1979. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  8. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Weekend Warriors". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Weekend Warriors". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-18.