Political Animal


February 01, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Some serious wake-up music: Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels performing “C.C. Rider/Jenny Take a Ride” in 1966.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • bluestatedon on February 01, 2013 9:25 AM:

    As someone who was a teenager in the Detroit area in the '60s, I can heartily affirm that your taste in music is impeccable.

    Here's Ryder in Devil With a Blue Dress On:

    Sock It to Me Baby:

  • AndrewBW on February 01, 2013 10:10 AM:

    Holy crap, that was great! Thanks! This is from a not well known mid-sixties music show called "Swinging Time" out of Detroit. Here's an entire episode with the Supremes, the Marvellettes, and Johnny Tillotson:


  • bluestatedon on February 01, 2013 10:18 AM:

    Andrew, "Swingin' Time" may not have been well-known outside of Detroit, but around these parts it was big-time.

    Here's a very young Bob Seger lip-synching his first hit,
    "East Side Story" on Swingin' Time:

  • Gandalf on February 01, 2013 11:00 AM:

    I grew up in Michigan and this song exudes the same energy and confidence that the state had in those days.

  • schtick on February 01, 2013 11:45 AM:

    Thank you! Brought back some great and fun memories for me!!!

  • Gretchen on February 01, 2013 2:20 PM:

    @schtick: for me too!

  • Quaker in a Basement on February 01, 2013 3:07 PM:

    Saw Mitch play a gig in Missouri in 1980. He walked onstage and announced, "My teeth are freezing!"

  • Chris Stier on February 01, 2013 6:39 PM:

    I saw Mitch Ryder (and his new band) one Thursday afternoon in Ann Arbor this summer, thanks to Bank of Ann Arbor and its Sonic Lunch series. I meant to stay for just a couple of old favorites, but stayed for more than an hour in 90+ temps because the man is still an amazing performer. And he's written an award-winning memoir.