Saturday, October 02, 2010

Rock Band 3 Countdown #30 - Werewolves of London

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I am about to hang my head in shame for this one.  I had honestly never heard of this song until a few years ago wen Kid Rock sampled it on his 2008 hit, "All Summer Long."  Yeah, I know that is pretty bad.  But much like there are just some movies you never get around to seeing, I guess there are just some songs you just never hear. 

This song, released in April of 1978, a month before I was born, was Warren Zevon's only actual hit as a solo artist.  Despite being a one-hit wonder, the song has still been covered by other bands several times and has a firm root in popular culture.  Jesse Ventura even played it at his inauguration when he became Governor of Minnesota.  In 2004, a survey of BBC listeners voted the beginning of the song as the best opening line in a song of all time.  What do you think?

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
Going to get himself a big dish of beef chow mein
Werewolves of London

If I didn't know better, I would think that was Weird Al or something.  It is just so friggin' random.  But I guess that is the appeal of the song.  It's just fun.  Weird lines, howling mid-song, and a catchy beat should make this fun to sing. Sounds like the piano will be the most difficult part of the song so that should make it something unique.


Miss Sassy Pants said...

I was with you when you heard this song for the first time - I had heard it before and remember being surprised that you hadn't.

I don't know the words and was surprised at the lyrics you posted. I'm digging the Weird Al reference!

Keep this up - I'm loving it!

laura b. said...

This song is so classic and yes, random!
I love it when he sings - I saw a werewolf drinkin a pina colada at Trader Vic's...And his hair was perfect. :-)

Mom said...

never heard of this song at all. But could be interesting to play. I like this. very fun