Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon – 1978

Warren Zevon-Werewolves of London-1978In 2004, BBC listeners voted Warren Zevon’s 1978 hit, Werewolves of London, the song with the best opening line of all time.

underrated but not everyone thinks so

Known for having a rather dark sense of humour which he managed to convert into great lyrics and catchy songs, Warren Zevon is underrated as a musician.

Fortunately, not everyone thinks so. Musicians such as Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young have worked with him and praised his work.

warren zevon 2only the good…

In 2002 Warren was diagnosed with a form of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. He refused treatment because he believed it would rob him of his ability to make music. Instead, he threw himself into recording his final album, The Wind. Close musical friends including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, and others contributed to it.

at least get his greatest hits

If your album collection is void of Warren’s albums, go out and get one ASAP – even if it’s just his Greatest Hits album. It contains brilliant songs like, Werewolves of London, Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (a hit for Linda Ronstadt), Lawyers, Guns and Money, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, Hasten Down the Wind and Prince’s, Raspberry Beret.

zevon trivia

  • She Quit Me, one of Warren’s early compositions was included in the 1969 soundtrack for the movie Midnight Cowboy.
  • Throughout the 70s, he also toured as keyboard player and band leader for The Everly Brothers.
  • And, occasionally, between 1982 and 2001, Zevon filled in for Paul Shaffer as bandleader on David Letterman’s late night show.

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  • Werewolves of London was composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon. It was included on Warren’s 1978 album Excitable Boy.
  • Playing the bass and drums on Werewolves of London were Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie and Mick Fleetwood respectively. The producer was Jackson Browne.
  • Werewolves of London peaked on the US American charts at #21 and stayed on the top 40 for six weeks.
  • Warren Zevon 4Werewolves of London has been covered live by Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett and members of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, David Lindley and El-Rayo X and The Grateful Dead.
  • Werewolves of London featured in the 1986 movie The Colour Of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. Robbie Robertson from The Band put together the soundtrack.
  • In 2004 BBC Radio 2 held a poll to find the best opening line in a song. The winner was:

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand,

Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain.

  • The Chinese restaurant mentioned in the song, “Lee Ho Fook,” is a real location situated on Gerrard Street in London’s Chinatown.
  • When Zevon played Werewolves of London live, he sometimes replaced the line, “I’d like to meet his tailor,” with, “And he’s looking for James Taylor!”
  • Kid Rock sampled Werewolves of London in his hit All Summer Long.
  • Werewolves of London lyrics.

werewolves of london – warren zevon – 1978 – video

all summer long – kid rock – 2008

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2 Responses to Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon – 1978

  1. Miki says:

    Loved it – still do!

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