George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Bad to the Bone

I think I’ve mentioned my “musical Renaissance”  previously on this site – when my older step-brother tossed aside my Def Leppard and Poison albums and loaned me his own collection, introducing me to a world of music I didn’t even know existed. It was the aural equivalent of dropping acid, and I burned through dozens and dozens of albums over the next few months, my little pop music teenage idiot mind expanding with every listen.

In this pic: the real deal.
Pictured: the real deal.

One of those albums was Bad to the Bone, by George Thorogood & the Destroyers. I remember liking what I heard, but had no inkling of who they were, where they came from, or what any of it meant. I also remember staring at the album while I listened, the one with George himself grinning right out at you, and thinking to myself, “This motherfucker is the real deal.”
It’s been years – probably 20, at least – since I gave this one a listen, so I wanted to see if it still held up. While many of the songs on the album are covers of other artists – some well known, some totally obscure – Thorogood and his band give them a wholly unique sound.
Note: The original album, released in 1982, had 10 tracks on it, but that version is hard to find online. The one that’s easy to find is the 25th anniversary release, which includes an additional 7 tracks. So, for our purposes, write your reviews based on the original tracks only, which end at “Wanted Man.”
Bad to the Bone on Wikipedia
Album link on iTunes
Bad to the Bone on AllMusic
Official website

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