Paul Teutel Sr. Presents OCC Rocks

We listen to the CD and talk to Paul Sr. about American Chopper

Shuffling through the mailbox recently I came across a copy of OCC Rocks, a musical compilation put together by the folks at Orange County Choppers and featuring four songs from the OCC Band.

“The OCC Band actually started in the boiler room,” Orange Country Choppers founder Paul Teutel Sr. told “They started playing and playing and playing and they practiced for a long time before they came out of the closet, so to speak.”

If you’ve ever been to an OCC bike unveiling, you may have seen the OCC band – made up of Orange County Chopper employees – perform on stage before the latest chopper gets wheeled out.

The OCC Band.

“We do live shows where we do biker build-offs on stage and the band sets the pace,” says Teutel.” We do that everywhere.”

Teutel isn’t just using the proverbial “we.” He actually takes to the microphone from time to time and is featured in the OCC Band’s rendition of Summertime Blues on OCC Rocks.

The rest of CD is made up of familiar songs and artists, largely from the 1970s. Mountain’s Mississippi Queen is the first track and it’s a pretty good indication of what the rest of OCC Rocks will sound like. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t rocked out to Mississippi Queen of Guitar Hero 3 more than once so this was right in my wheelhouse.

Eddie Money (Two Tickets to Paradise), Rick Derringer (Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo), Ted Nugent (Cat Scratch Fever), The Guess Who (American Women), and Molly Hatchet (Flirtin’ With Disaster) are also among the bands featured on OCC Rocks. To top it all off, I got my Heavy Metal Parking Lot fix when I reached track 16 and heard You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ by Judas Priest. Makes me want to grow my hair long again, put on a zebra-striped shirt and drink myself stupid. My wife will be so proud.

Paul Teutel Sr. on the OCC Band bike.

Ultimately, if you like 1970s rock music, you’ll probably like OCC Rocks. Hell, it will even give you a chance to embarrass your kids when you sing along with Kansas’ Carry on My Wayward Son at the top of your lungs when you drop them off at school. You can’t put a price on that.

"Ultimately, if you like 1970s rock music, you’ll probably like OCC Rocks."

Naturally, the team at Orange County Choppers built a stretched out black bobber to help promote the CD. The OCC Rocks bike was featured in the recently aired second episode of this season’s American Chopper – a season Teutel says he is pretty excited about.

“I think this is the year that you’re going to see the most incredible bikes that we’ve done in the whole history of choppers,” says Teutel.

Teutel specifically talked about an electric bike Orange County Choppers built for Siemens. He says the Siemens bike, which will do 100mph, is all done in sheet metal so it’s closed in. He compares it, at least in looks, to a sportbike. Speaking of sportbikes, I asked Teutel if we could ever expect to see one built by OCC. His response: “I would like that.”

Teutel rides the Siemens electric bike.

The Siemens bike isn’t OCC’s only crack at green technology this season.

“We’re doing a hybrid bike now that’s going to run off of batteries, a generator and a gas motor,” says Teutel. ”It can work on one or all three systems. It’s almost like a turbo because when you’re on the batteries and you kick the gas motor in, it will set you back like a turbo.”

Another of Teutel’s highlights for the current season is a trike OCC built for the Christopher Reeve Foundation that will accommodate a paraplegic.  According to Teutel, the three-wheeler features an electric hydraulic ramp that will lock in a wheelchair and a full setup of hand controls.

“It’s a trike, but the unique part of it is the guy that’s in the wheelchair needs absolutely nobody to help him get in it,” says Teutel.

Now in its seventh season, American Chopper has obviously been a huge success for Orange County Choppers.  Teutel says he still really enjoys doing the show and when asked how long he plans to keep at it, he says he figures it will be another two to five years.

Of course, doing the show has been exceptionally good for business for Teutel and his company, especially with the economy in its current state.

“I think doing the show helps offset it (the economy), but we are affected by the economy, absolutely,” says Teutel. “People aren’t buying bikes. They’re buying food and paying for gas.”

For more information about OCC Rocks or to purchase the CD, click here. American Chopper airs Thursday nights on TLC at 9pm.

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