Ted Nugent: "Why I stopped wearing my loincloth"

Keeping his pants on
Keeping his pants on

At nearly 60 years of age, Ted Nugent is still singing to the women of the world, and he claims that his tunes have the same effect on the female persuasion today as they did in his heyday during the '70s.

"The girls love my music," the 'Motor City Madman' states happily. "It's so genuine, it's so sensual. Listen to the intro of Love Grenade or Girl Scout Cookies. Listen to Stranglehold or Cat Scratch Fever. Dear God, that's as primal as primal can be!"

Still, one question persists. For a musician who celebrates sexuality as unabashedly as The Nuge, why did he stop wearing his trademark loincloth onstage?

"Mrs Nugent implanted an electronic dog-training collar on my scrotum"

"Well, Mrs Nugent, who happens to be my campaign manager and, I would like to think, my overall quality-of-life manager - while I was sleeping many years ago, Mrs Nugent actually implanted an electronic dog-training collar on my scrotum." Nugent says, laughing.

"And if I take this primal scream sensuality too far, I get zapped!"

Even so, Nugent still sees himself as a sexual god, though now a fully-clothed one. "You can still sing Wang Dang Sweet Poontang at 60," he states, "but you cannot wear a loincloth. Let's make sure we have that written down."

Duly noted, Ted. You can listen to or download the entire MusicRadar podcast interview with Ted Nugent right here.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.