Steppenwolf 7

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Steppenwolf 7
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1970
ProducerRichard Podolor
Steppenwolf chronology
Steppenwolf Live
Steppenwolf 7
For Ladies Only
Singles from Steppenwolf 7
  1. "Who Needs Ya"/"Earschplittenloudenboomer"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Snowblind Friend"/"Hippo Stomp"
    Released: 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

Steppenwolf 7 is the fifth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in November 1970, by Dunhill Records. It is the first Steppenwolf album with new bass player George Biondo. The album’s numerical title reflects the fact that it was the band’s seventh album release for ABC/Dunhill records (including the four preceding studio LP’s, as well as two live albums). While the album featured Steppenwolf's trademark rock and roll sounds, none of the songs were able to make the top 40. The album featured a cover of Hoyt Axton's "Snowblind Friend", their second cover of one of his antidrug songs (the first being "The Pusher"). Along with "Who Needs Ya", it was one of two singles from the album which made the charts, but fell short of the top 40.[3] The album track "Renegade" is autobiographical for lead vocalist John Kay, recounting his flight with his mother from the Soviet occupation zone to the West in 1948. The intro to "Earschplittenloudenboomer" is spoken by Kay partially in German.

Track listing[]

All tracks composed by John Kay and Larry Byrom; except where indicated.

Side one
1."Ball Crusher" 4:50
2."Forty Days and Forty Nights"Bernie Roth3:02
3."Fat Jack"George Biondo4:50
4."Renegade" 6:07
Side two
1."Foggy Mental Breakdown" 3:52
2."Snowblind Friend"Hoyt Axton3:52
3."Who Needs Ya'" 2:59
4."Earschplittenloudenboomer" 5:00
5."Hippo Stomp" 5:43





Chart (1970/71) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 26
United States (Billboard 200)[5] 19

Singles - Billboard (United States)[3]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Who Needs Ya" Billboard Hot 100 54
1971 "Snowblind Friend" Billboard Hot 100 60


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Steppenwolf USA chart history, Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 293. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Billboard 200-Steppenwolf". Archived from the original on February 18, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.

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