George Thorogood – “Bad To The Bone” Live
I Walk The Streets, Kings and Queens Step Aside!
“Bad to the Bone” was written by George Thorogood and released on September 17, 1982. He performed it with his band The Destroyers and is actually based on a blues song. This particular track has a heavy guitar sound and has been influenced by “I’m a Man” from the R&B musician Bo Diddley.
The song’s roots can be traced back to rock and roll musician Bo Diddley’s song “I’m a Man”, which uses a similar guitar riff and vocal rhythm, and has a similar overall structure.
It has been used in movies usually as an introduction to the film’s bad guy just like the Terminator’s appearance in a bar clad in his biker outfit in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” This song has also been featured in “The Parent Trap” and “Megamind.” Some professional wrestling competitions also used this as the entrance theme song.
While it was not a major hit on initial release, its video made recurrent appearances on the nascent MTV, which was created a year before. Licensing for films, television, and commercials has since made “Bad to the Bone” better recognized.
This is one unforgettable piece of blues rock!