Friday, October 22, 2010

"I Saw a Werewolf Drinking a Piña Colada at Trader Vic's"

Werewolves stand as one of the great symbols of Halloween. There's "Thriller," in which Michael Jackson plays a werewolf in the movie-within-the-video and a wolf cry can be heard in the track. Oz, Willow's werewolf boyfriend, plays a huge part in some of the early seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Young Frankenstein features a great werewolf joke. And then we have Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London."

I'm not familiar with Zevon's work outside this song, but I feel like everything I need to know about him can be found here. "Werewolves" is playful and funny, yet you can't help taking it seriously. Zevon's delivery reminds me of someone recounting a fish tale--enthusiastic and insistent. And once you've heard it, you'll keep coming back to it; you'll turn it up every time it comes on the radio; you'll share it with everyone you know, especially at Halloween.

As a side note, some of you may recognize the piano hook but not know the song itself; back in 2007, Kid Rock mashed up "Werewolves of London" with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" for his single "All Summer Long." Personally, I kind of wish he hadn't chosen to use "Werewolves of London," but what can you do? (Speaking of Kid Rock, check this out.)

I recommend adding "Werewolves" to your Halloween playlist--and in fact, your everyday playlist, as well; it's sure to make you smile!

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