By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
Ted Nugent released his ninth studio album in March of 1986 titled “Little Miss Dangerous”. The album was produced by Ted Nugent, Michael Verdick, Pete Solley and (EP) Douglas Banker. It was released on Atlantic Records and featured Ted Nugent on bass, guitar, lead and background vocals and percussion, Dave Amato on rhythm guitar, synthesizers, lead and background vocals and Michael Mason on drums and percussion, as its core lineup.
I think “Little Miss Dangerous” was an honest attempt to keep with, said times. The musical landscape changed from Hard Rock to a Pop Rock layout in the ‘80s which left some bands and artists who were popular in ‘60s and ‘70s with an obstacle to overcome if they wanted a shot at continuing their success. Prior to “Little Miss Dangerous” Nugent was in what could be considered a small slump. His two prior releases “Nugent” and “Penetrator” weren’t too crowd pleasing so with “Little Miss Dangerous” I think Nugent and the producers went for a more commercial and mainstream approach with its sound. Not to mention, I’m sure Atlantic records pushed the album in that direction too in hopes it would gain traction and possibly be a smash hit.
30 years later, unfortunately “Little Miss Dangerous” hasn’t stood the test of time too well. It’s a virtually forgotten album among the massive titles in Nugent’s discography which I think is a shame. Like I mentioned, I don’t think “Little Miss Dangerous” is a horrible effort. I view the album as more of a fun novelty release that showcases who Ted Nugent was and how some Rock music sounded at that time. I think its production sounds okay and its playing and vocal work are good too. There’s nothing among the album’s ten tracks that blew me away but I do think they contain a nice amount of energy and a youthful party-all-the-time vibe that’s hard to deny. I also think each song is charming in its own unique way. There’s one song though that has been my absolute favorite on the album, hands down and that is “Strangers”.
Moving on to the cover art which looks pretty Rock and Roll in the typical Ted Nugent fashioned. What’s not to like? My favorite feature of the artwork though is on the back of the CD booklet (on my copy anyways). There you’ll find a flamboyant mohawk wearing version of Ted Nugent that gives me a chuckle every time I see it. In all, I like “Little Miss Dangerous” and am thankful I was able to discover the album when I did. I think it’s underrated and underappreciated. It’s a cool musical novelty to have in your collection especially if you’re a Nugent fan and are looking to dig deeper within his catalog. If this is your introduction to “Little Miss Dangerous” I hope you give yourself the chance to listen. Open your mind and I think you’ll find that “Little Miss Dangerous” is actually a lively and enjoyable experience.