Some of you know Don Felder from his days playing slide guitar for the Eagles. It seems that in early January 1974, Felder was called by the Eagles to add slide guitar to their song “Good Day in Hell” and some additional guitar licks to “Already Gone” and the guys liked him so well, the next day they invited to join the band. It was also about that time that the Eagles started to stray from their original country rock style and more in the direction of rock and launched them into super stardom. By they time the band’s fourth album, One of These Nights, came out, Felder sang lead vocal on the song “Visions” which he co-wrote with Don Henley. He also arranged the title track’s distinctive guitar solo and bass line … and a guitar legend was born!
Fast forward to the 1980s and Felder added a couple of musical film credits to his resume, including two songs for the soundtrack to the 1981 animated cult film Heavy Metal, one of which is the one we feature in this post, “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)”, which includes a couple of his former band-mates Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit, singing backing vocals. The movie, along with the song, became a cult classic!
We could have shown you the video from the movie, but instead decided to go with this homemade version, featuring TV and video clips of dozens of different people “takin’ a ride” including Kurt Russell, Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Burt Reynolds and … Kenny from South Park? Its an odd, fun mix and a great homage to a great rock song.
So, here he is, Don Felder with “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” from the movie Heavy Metal! Try not too smile too much when you want it!