Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

As the spookiest night of the year descends on us, and given that we’re way too old to be out trick or treating, Heres a Halloween themed rock song for you to indulge instead.

Whilst Halloween is traditionally a big deal in the USA, we’ve seen it building up in Australia over the last few years with fancy dress parties, kids out collecting candy door to door, and lots of houses covered in cobwebs. All just a bit of fun believed to be an extension of the pagan tradition of celebrating the dead.

Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon

Probably Warren Zevon’s best-known song, co-written with guitarist Waddy Wachtel and recorded with Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

According to legend, a Werewolf is a man who turns into a wolf when there is a full moon. The only way to kill one is to shoot it through the heart with a silver bullet.

This was featured in the 1986 movie The Color Of Money in a scene where Tom Cruise and his perfect hair run the table at a pool hall. Robbie Robertson from The Band put together the soundtrack, which also includes the Eric Clapton song “It’s In The Way That You Use It,” written specifically for the film.

The lyrics tell the story of “a hairy-handed gent who ran amok in Kent.” He’s well-dressed (“I’d like to meet his tailor”), well-groomed (“His hair was perfect”), and “preying on little old ladies.”

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy

Over the course of this 365 day album challenge, I have found myself reminiscing about friends who are no longer living that I used to spend a lot of time listening and discussing music with. This brought back memories of Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy (1978). One of my best friends (and songwriting collaborators) used to talk about Zevon’s intelligent lyrics, dark sense of humor, and outstanding choices of sidemen on his albums.

I think Excitable Boy captured all of the man’s best attributes, and certainly his biggest success.

Every time I hear Werewolves Of London, I gleefully sing along with the “Owooooooo…Werewolves Of London” parts.

Lawyers, Guns And Money is another brilliant story/song that never grows old to me. Accidentally Like A Martyr and Tenderness On The Block capture Zevon’s softer side, while Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner spins the tail of a mercenary in colorful prose.

Zevon had an incredible list of supporting musicians and vocalists on Excitable Boy, including Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Linda Ronstadt, Waddy Wachtel, Jackson Brown, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jennifer Warnes.

All of this star power enhanced the musicality, but the real star of the proceedings was Zevon’s imaginative songwriting. This review is dedicated to the memory of Larry Denman and Warren Zevon.

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