Many consider this the first “speed metal” song, a division of heavy metal and a genre later popularized by bands such as Motörhead and Metallica.
This was written by Ritchie Blackmore, It may have been inspired by Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” and along with “Radar Love,” is one of the most famous driving songs in rock.
they wrote this song on their tour bus on the way to a gig at the Portsmouth Guildhall (in the UK) on September 13, 1971, where they debuted the song. They wrote it because they were getting sick of their opening number, “Speed King”; “Highway Star” became the new opener for their shows. The song evolved through live performances, and was recorded for the Machine Head album in December 1971.
This song is about a man and his love for his high-powered car, which he says can out-race every other car
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