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Left to right - Jack Blades, Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw, Michael Cartellone
Hey, hey, damn Yankee,
Woh, oh, oh, damn Yankee,
Hey, hey, damn Yankee,
Woh, oh, oh, damn Yankee.
"Damn Yankees"
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Damn Yankees were an American Hard Rock Supergroup formed in 1989. The members were:

  • Tommy Shaw (Styx) - Guitars and vocals
  • Jack Blades (Night Ranger) - Bass and vocals
  • Ted Nugent - Guitars and vocals
  • Michael Cartellone (Accept) - Drums and vocals

They released two albums in the early nineties:

They were active from 1989 to 1996, with sporadic reunions since. They have all said the door is open to making more music together in the future.

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Damn tropes:

  • Epic Rocking: "Piledriver" features a ninety-second long dueling lead guitar section between Shaw and Nugent. Nugent plays most of it, but Shaw brings his A-game and holds his own.
  • 15 Minutes of Fame: "Fifteen Minutes Of Fame" is a rather cynical take on this.
  • Intercourse with You: Many of their songs including "Coming of Age", "Bad Reputation", "Mystified" and "Come Again".
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Suggested in "Coming of Age" in that the subject of the song is either just about to or has just "come of age".
  • Power Ballad: "High Enough" and "Where You Goin' Now". "Come Again" starts like this but eventually kicks into a much higher gear.
  • The Runaway: "Runaway" obviously, about a sixteen year old who runs away from a small town to a big city but finds it's not all she was hoping for.
  • Self-Titled Album / Title Drop: The first album is called Damn Yankees and has a song on it also called "Damn Yankees"
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  • Shout-Out: "Runaway" mentions The Twilight Zone and "Rock City" mentions Jimmy Page.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Nugent, who generally did only backing vocals on most of their songs, sang the lead vocal on "Piledriver".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Where You Goin' Now".
  • Vocal Tag Team: Generally Shaw and Blades handled most of the lead vocals, trading off lead and backing vocals depending on the song.
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