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By James Whittington, Friday 2nd February 2018
Of all the horror genres out there, probably the Werewolf genre has made the largest footprint on the charts. From Shakira's She Wolf in 2009 to Killer Wolf from Danzig in 1990, the hairy-side of horror has inspired many musical artists, obviously with varying levels of success.
In celebration of Horror's Season of the Wolf, here's our top 5 favourites from the last few decades.
No list worth its fur would start without Werewolves of London from Warren Zevon. Recorded in 1978 and taken from the album Excitable Boy, it's a mainstay of BBC Radio 2, whose listeners incidentally voted that it had the best opening line to a song. Its inclusion on the soundtrack to An American Werewolf in London gave it a cult status but hearing it in the Paul Newman/Tom Cruise 1996 flick The Color of Money gave it a new lease of life. The B-side, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner was the last song Zevon performed live as he tragically died from cancer in 2003.
Ozzy Osbourne cemented his horror credentials in 1983 by unleashing his hairy side with the classic shocker, Bark at the Moon. Complete with a video (see below) which was as cheesy as it was bonkers, we have Mr Osbourne in full werewolf costume and more smoke effects than you could shake a stick at! Never has a rock video had so many trombone zoom shots or back-combed hairstyles. All said and done though, this is still one of his finest pieces. Check out the album of the same name for some of his premium work.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising was a number 1 hit in the UK in 1969 and will forever be attached to An American Werewolf in London thanks to a smart piece of music placement. Not a bad thing, if you ask me. Surprisingly, the song isn't about lycanthropy but apocalyptic weather! Football fans should take note that a certain national South American team use the tune with changed lyrics for its chants!
Loup Garou 'Bal Goula' is the title track from Willy DeVille's 1995 album. Loup Garou is French for werewolf and this Cajun influenced number hypnotically builds and builds into a Blues celebration of all things mystical. A unique entry into the list, it's a beautiful piece of music just begging to be used the next big werewolf blockbuster, whatever it may be. This album also has a track called My One Desire (Vampir's Lullaby), which is a more gothic affair but nonetheless another track for your Horror themed playlist.
The opening track to Schoolyard Heroes first album The Funeral Sciences, Curse of the Werewolf is punk at its best. Loud, edgy and aggressive, this band from Seattle boasted one of the most exciting female vocalists around, Ryanne Donnelly. Though they broke up in 2009, this beauty from 2003 contains enough feedback and energy to give your neighbours earache for months. One that is guaranteed to get any party started.
Notable exclusions include: Megadeth - She-Wolf, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - Little Red Riding Hood and err, Duran Duran - Hungry Like a Wolf!
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