Ya’ll probably already know that Ted Nugent, the retired rocker, is an All-American gun nut. Nugent, whose greatest contribution to the arts was the Top 40 hit “Cat-Scratch Fever,” is on the board of the National Rifle Association. And he’s bragged that he’s got friends who’ll mount an armed insurrection if and when the feds come for their guns.
It was a younger and different Ted Nugent, however, who confronted the draft in the Vietnam war era. I know: You might think from his braggadocio that Ted was an eager commando, that he enlisted, and was awarded a bunch of medals — kind of like like Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
But the facts are a bit different on that score. And some other aging rockers, like Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, have taken note.
From Raw Story:
Snider’s tale of Nugent’s draft dodging comes from Nugent himself, who relayed the story to High Times in 1977, telling them he got a 30-day notice ahead of a physical exam and launched into action.
“Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body,” Nugent said. “No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value. I just had chips, Pepsi, beer-stuff I never touched-buttered poop, little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death. Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. Poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up.”
Years later the National Rifle Association board member went on to tell Creem magazine that he also snorted a line of crystal meth before attending his physical examination, giving him a “big, juicy 4F,” meaning failure and rejection from service.
Or maybe those were all lies he told High Times and Creem, eh?