- Werewolves of London
Name = Werewolves of London
from Album =
B-side = "
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"
Released = 1978
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1977| Genre = Rock
Length = 3:27
LeRoy Marinell, Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, Warren Zevon
Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel
Chart position = * #21
Last single = "
Hasten Down the Wind"
This single = "Werewolves of London"
Next single = "
Lawyers, Guns and Money"
"Werewolves of London" is a
songcomposed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevonand performed by Zevon. Included on Zevon's album " Excitable Boy", it featured accompaniment by bassist John McVieand drummer Mick Fleetwoodof Fleetwood Mac. The title reference is to the first Hollywood motion pictureabout lycanthropy, entitled " Werewolf of London". The song is memorable for its humorous and macabre lyrics — eg. "I saw a werewolf drinking a piña coladaat Trader Vic's" — and the refrain featuring a joyfully howled "a-hooo!!"
T-Bone Burnettand members of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue played the then-unreleased song on several dates, including Dec. 4, 1975 at the Montreal Forum, available for listening through WolfgangsVault.com. That version includes the Jack Nicholsonreference, as well as Patty Hearst, Frank Sinatra, Rick Danko, Linda Lovelace, Marilyn Chambers, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Hoffaamong others.
* In 1985 the
Dexy's Midnight Runnerstrack "One of those Things" from the Album "Don't Stand Me Down" uses the riff taken from "Werewolves of London". Zevon and his co-writers LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel thus get writing credits on the song.
*In 1988, David Lindley and El-Rayo X did a ska-flavored cover on their album "Very Greasy".
*In 1990, The Black Velvet Band covered the song for the compilation album "
*In 2002, British alternative band
Dovesreinterpreted the song as a b-side titled "Hit The Ground Running". They previously performed this song in concerts, usually as part of their encore.
*Since 2005, the rock band
The Golden Tickethave made the song a highlight of their live show.
indie rockband Magnolia Electric Co.covered the song.
Jimmy Buffettcovered this song on the soundtrack for the movie ""Hoot"". Although only a small portion of the song appeared in the movie, the entire song is on the soundtrack album. He has also performed it in concert 18 times.
*On 17 September 2006,
Australian Idolfinalist Bobby Flynncovered the song during the 2nd Finals Week (Rock) segment of the competition.
*Toledo rock band
TERRY's KIDcovered the song many times live from 1999 to 2001.
Adam Sandlerperformed the song on " The David Letterman Show", singing and playing guitar. He also recorded the song for the tribute album "".
Grateful Deadcovered this song a number of times, often on Halloween, including a performance in London's Wembly Stadium on Halloween 1990. The band also performed the song once as a rare encore on July 8, 1978at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Kid Rocksamples the song on his 2007 CD " Rock N Roll Jesus". The song is called "All Summer Long" and also samples Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" (which has a similar chord progression).
*This song also samples from sweet home alabama, as well as DOTA by BassHunter
*In November 2007, Widespread Panic covered the song for the 45th time since the band started in 1985 (www.everydaycompanion.com)
Akira The Donreinterpreted the song on his " Thieving" mixtape as "Werewolves!", which concerned London grifters and slum landlords.In mid 2008 Ron Fleeger & The Stranger made Werewolves of London a permanent fixture in their set list.
In popular culture
Jesse Venturaplayed the song at his inauguration party as governor of Minnesota."Werewolves of London", Johnny Black, Blender, April, 2008]
Kelley Armstrongcreated a character in her book "Bitten" that she attributes directly to this last line.
*It is the at-bat song for
Seattle Marinersleft fielder Raúl Ibáñez.
*In an episode of "
The Larry Sanders Show", Zevon appears as himself and expresses his disdain for having to always play "Werewolves of London" on television appearances.
The Color of Money", Tom Cruiseshoots pool while the song is playing in the background.
Frontier League baseballteam based in London, Ontariowas named for the song - the team was called the London Werewolves.
*It is played as the "goal song" by the
Phoenix Coyotesof the National Hockey League.
* In "
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't", a Budapestwerewolf named Warren (derived from Zevon's first name) arrives at Count Dracula's castle. Igor led him inside there.
* In the novel "Blood and Chocolate" by
Annette Curtis Klausethe Five sing this song to Vivian Gandillon in an attempt to comfort her.
Australian soccer club Wollongong Wolvesused an arrangement of "Werewolves of London" as their theme song, with the lyrics "a-ooo, We're the wolves of Wollongong" put to the distinctive melody.
* In Episode #809 of "
Mystery Science Theater 3000", featuring the film " I Was a Teenage Werewolf", Mike Nelsonand his robot pals use several phrases from the song to riff the film; for example, when a search party is seeking the titular werewolf, Tom Servo, speaking on behalf of a character, says "Sir, I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand!"
* In "
Detective Comics" #534, Green Arrowencounters a motorcycle gang called the Werewolves of London.
Bob Dylanplayed the song on an episode of his Theme Time Radio Hourshow, an episode called "Around The World Part One".
* [http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/werewolv.htm Lyrics and chords]
* [http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/introjs.htm?/~acsa/songfile/WEREWOLF.HTM Grateful Dead cover information]
* [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000843J Werewolves of London, the band]
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