You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on November 9th of 1974 Randy Bachman, the former lead guitarist for The Guess Who, enjoyed a number one song with his new band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Randy stuttered through the lyrics of “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” on a demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it. The song not only gave the band their third US top thirty hit and a #2 in the UK, Gary Bachman stopped stuttering. When the band recorded it, they didn’t think it would be released, so they didn’t bother perfecting it – or even tuning their instruments. Bachman’s vocal was considered a scratch track. This became Bachman’s “work song” for testing. The band only played it for their label after the boss at Mercury, Charlie Fach, heard the eight songs they completed and didn’t hear a hit. The engineer suggested playing him the “work song,” and Bachman reluctantly agreed. When Fach heard the song, he loved it, warts and all. In our interview with Bachman, he explained: “Charlie said, ‘I want to put this on the album.’ And I said, ‘I need to remix it.’ And he said, ‘Don’t touch it. Put it on the way it is. When you play this with the other songs, it just jumps off the turntable.'” Randy Bachman produced the Not Fragile album, and used this song to test dynamics in the studio, since the guitars would go from quiet to loud. Bachman’s inspiration for the intro/verse melody was Dave Mason’s “Only You Know and I Know.” Randy Bachman wrote this song and sang lead. He and his bandmate Fred Turner split vocal duties in the band.