Song of the Day, November 27: Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
November 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a bit of fun from a master storyteller. Warren Zevon liked to look at the slightly darker side of what makes us human. His songs tended toward tales of the lost and downtrodden, the sneaky and sinister. With a literate sense of lyric, a noirish lens on his characters, and a wry sense of story, he turned out an impressive body of work. His finest album, Excitable Boy, mixes those approaches with a bit more variety, staying true to his muse while finding new ways to exercise it.
One of those moments is the delightful Werewolves of London. With its goofy — but musical — howling chorus and spot-on observations, it feels like a dark novelty hit. The lyrics are true Zevon however, as he looks at the rituals we all undertake to be part of the scene. After all, wouldn’t even a werewolf want to make the most of the nightlife? The music is perfect, with Zevon’s piano driving the action and the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie working their magic.
Enjoy this delightful hit [#21, 1978] today.