Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

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Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
38 Special - Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1981[1]
RecordedSeptember 1979 – July 1980 at Studio One, Doraville, GA
GenreSouthern rock, rock, AOR, hard rock
ProducerRodney Mills
38 Special chronology
Rockin' into the Night
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
Special Forces
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]

Wild-Eyed Southern Boys is the fourth studio album by the southern rock band 38 Special, released in 1981.

Three of the four songs written or co-written by Survivor's Jim Peterik for the album charted as singles: the title track, "Fantasy Girl" and "Hold On Loosely".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hold On Loosely" (Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi, Jim Peterik) – 4:39
  2. "First Time Around" (Barnes, Carlisi, Larry Steele, Donnie Van Zant) – 3:59
  3. "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" (Peterik) – 4:18
  4. "Back Alley Sally" (Carlisi, Van Zant) – 3:11
  5. "Fantasy Girl" (Carlisi, Peterik) – 4:06
  6. "Hittin' and Runnin'" (Barnes, Peterik) – 4:55
  7. "Honky Tonk Dancer" (Barnes, Steele, Van Zant) – 4:59
  8. "Throw Out the Line" (Barnes, Carlisi, Van Zant) – 3:45
  9. "Bring It On" (Carlisi, Steele, Van Zant) – 5:38

"Hold On Loosely" is a playable track in the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s as a cover version and a downloadable track, featuring the master recording, for the Rock Band series. It was also used in the movies Joe Dirt, Without a Paddle and Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas.


  • Carol Veto – background vocals
  • Steve McRay – piano
  • Terry Emery – percussion


  • Producer: Rodney Mills
  • Engineers: Rodney Mills, Greg Quesnel
  • Cover art painting: Larry Gerber


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 18

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Fantasy Girl" Mainstream Rock 30
1981 "Fantasy Girl" Pop Singles 52
1981 "Hold On Loosely" Mainstream Rock 3
1981 "Hold On Loosely" Pop Singles 27
1981 "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" Mainstream Rock 35


  1. ^ Strong, M. C. (1996). The Great Rock Discography, 3rd Ed. Omnibus Press. p. 831. ISBN 086-241-541-1.
  2. ^ Wild-Eyed Southern Boys at AllMusic