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Dan recalls; “Up until then, everytime the band released a single from an album, another track was taken from the album as the B-side for the single.Nazareth-Hair-Of-The-Dog-335199 We decided that this time, instead of stripping more songs from the album when we came to release a single, we would record a separate B-side. We had always liked the song ‘Love Hurts’ as done by Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris so thought we’d have a go at that one. We recorded it and thought it was great ; forgot about it and moved on to do the rest of the album. We weren’t going to have it on the album anyway as we had recorded ‘Guilty,’ the Randy Newman composition as the ‘slow one’ for the album. When Jerry Moss at A&M Records heard ‘Love Hurts’ he immediately said ‘That’s a hit ; take ‘Guilty’ off and put that on’”. 1975 saw the release of Hair Of The Dog and the song itself lays down the blueprint for stadium heavy rock and metal anthems of the future: that ‘son-of-a-bitch’ chorus custom-built for crowd response, and a very heavy rock rhythm from start to finish. Comparisons with AC/DC are natural – but the point is that Nazareth and Aerosmith were the pioneers…. and the rest followed. So it’s not surprising then that Guns N’ Roses were big fans of Nazareth, as Pete Agnew explained to Metal Hammer’s Tom Russell. Russell interviewed Guns’N Roses when they first came to England and were playing club venues like the Marquee, and the tape they had on in their hotel room was … Nazareth’s Greatest Hits. Pete Agnew then remembered how “just before Guns N’ Roses broke we played seven gigs in California as part of our U.S. tour, and they came to every one. They were just fans of the band. It seems that Nazareth and Aerosmith were, to them, what the Beatles and Stones were to us. They were all nice enough young blokes and of course no-one at the time would have guessed how massive they were about to become.”

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