-->"''Like a true nature's child\\
We were born, born to be wild\\
We can climb so high\\
I never wanna die''"


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'''Steppenwolf''' are an American rock band from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that formed in 1967. They are best known for their hit "Born to Be Wild."

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppenwolf_(band) The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Like a trope nature's child":
* {{Animal Motif|s}}: Wolves, of course.
* {{Awesome McCool Name}}: Dennis Edmonton wrote "Born to Be Wild" under the pseudonym Mars Bonfire.
* BadassBiker: Ever since ''Film/EasyRider'', "Born to Be Wild" has been associated with them, and pretty much with being a {{Badass}} in general.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Steppenwolf The Second''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Monster'' was a political statement about the times (1970). ''For Ladies Only'' is apparently about feminism, although the lyrics don't really put that across. The cover art didn't help.
* CoolShades[=/=]SunglassesAtNight: John Kay, due to being nearly blind.
* CoverVersion: Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend."
* DanceSensation: "Hippo Stomp"
** ContinuityNod: It's mentioned in the title track of ''For Ladies Only.''
* DemBones: On the cover of ''[=SkullDuggery=]''
* DrugsAreBad: Played straight with "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend." "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" rips a politician for speaking out against marijuana.
* HardRock: One of the popularizers.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock Me"
* IAmSong: "Rock Steady (I'm Rough and Ready)"
* IAmTheBand: John Kay is the only original member left.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Black Pit"
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Named for the Creator/HermannHesse novel of the same name.
* LiveAlbum: Their first was ''Early Steppenwolf.''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: "Born to Be Wild" registers a 4.
* OneWomanSong: "Annie Annie Over," "Caroline (Are You Ready for the Outlaw World)"
* ProtestSong: ''Monster'' is a protest ''album''.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Many different members covering two separate versions of the band.
* ShoutOut[=/=]SongOfSongTitles: "Berry Rides Again" is this to Music/ChuckBerry
** "Magic Carpet Ride" mentions "Literature/{{Aladdin}}'s lamp."
* SingleStanzaSong: "Reflections"
* SomethingBlues: "Gang War Blues," "Smokey Factory Blues"
* UrExample: "Born to Be Wild" is credited with introducing the term "Music/HeavyMetal."
* AWildRapperAppears: They rerecorded "Magic Carpet Ride" in 1988 with Grandmaster Flash.