Behind the Classics: Night Moves

Night Moves by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band is probably your dad’s favorite song. To be honest, its one of my favorites as well. Its one of those songs that is relatable and makes you miss the good old days when you didn’t have a care in the world. Its an all time classic, and I’m always in the mood for it.

Night Moves is a song that is sort of a magnum opus for Bob Seger it took him a long time to write it, and he credits two other works for giving him the inspiration to write the song. One was Kris Kristofferson’s song Me & Bobby McGee and the other one was George Lucas’ American Graffiti. Bob Seger grew up in the era that was depicted in the film, so that laid some of the groundwork for Night Moves, which took about 6 months to finish.

Night Moves is written about a girl that Bob Seger fell in love with when he was 19. This woman was engaged to a man who was fighting in the Vietnam war and they had a love affair while her boyfriend was away, but eventually he came back and they got married and it left Seger heartbroken.

Seger claimed that he actually banged this chick in a 1962 Chevy, not a ’60 Chevy like the song says. He changed it because ’60 fit better lyrically.

I read in Sammy Hagar’s book that he was actually offered the chance to record Night Moves for his second solo album (which was self titled), but turned it down because it was “too mellow” for him. Hagar would obviously breakout as a solo artist in the years that followed and would eventually replace David Lee Roth in Van Halen.

Night Moves was named the Single of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine and it hit number 4 on the Billboard 100. It broke Bob Seger into the mainstream and the Night Moves album sold 5 million copies. He became a part of the heartland rock era along with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Night Moves is still a classic rock radio staple and one of Bob Seger’s signature tracks.