In no particular order, here are 12 songs (give or take a few songs) about Lycanthopy. I won't give too much away by saying which are the good ones. But we’ll be playing my favorites as the pre-show music for Friday’s WEREWOLF Night! Remember, you can
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I'M THE WOLFMAN - The Fuzztones
This is a faithful rendition of Round Robin's hit, later covered by the Staggers.
WEREWOLF - Cat Power
Ignore the corny visual accompaniment.
WEREWOLF – The Frantics
If this spooky surf rock song sounds familiar, that’s because it was turned into “The 4th Dimension” by The Ventures.
MAD MONSTER PARTY? theme - Ethel Ennis
Granted it's a smorgasbord of monster references, with passing mention of the full moon, but what a voice!
Song from SPIDER BABY(a.k.a. Cannibal Orgy)
The opening song from Spider Baby is one of the best things in the movie. Besides having howling, this is sung by the Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney Jr.! It was covered by Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) with his band FANTOMAS.
2,000 LB.. WEREWOLF - The Neanderthals
You wouldn't expect such good music from a band whose gimmick is that they're cavemen wearing zorro masks. But these guys know what they're doing. In case their CD didn't give you enough Loup-Garou Tunes, they include another track titled "Werewolf From Outerspace" (as if they band wasn't gimmicky enough).
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF - The Cramps
I'd already included this in the list of 5 Music Videos About Werewolves, but you can't give The Cramps too much love.
"CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF" and "RETURN OF THE WEREWOLF both by Timeless Miracle
Here's where things get weird. At first listen, the band sounds like a modern Christian Rock Group, but in fact, they are a Swedish Power Metal Band. I have to imagine they're huge in Sweden. "Return" is very much a "Little Red Riding Hood" song.
I'M NOT WHAT YOU THINK AS ME ANYMORE
My pal Matthew Glasson performs this bit of psychedelic rock, it gets into lycanthropy in the 2nd verse. Bonus points for sound effects.
WEREWOLF by CocoRosie
Hey, I didn't title this list "10 Good Werewolf Songs."
ROCKIN' WEREWOLF - Robbie "The Werewolf" Robinson
The guy recorded an entire novelty album in his Werewolf persona, songs about Lucifer, Dracula, and all that stuff.
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON by Warren Zevon
I wouldn't want to dissappoint anyone by leaving this off the list.
BONUS TRACKS: 5 SONGS ABOUT WOLVES BUT NOT NECESSARILY WEREWOLVES
THE HUNGRY WOLF - X
X is my favorite band, so I had to give their wolf song a shout out, even though it’s not about moster-wolves. Joe Doe wrote it after learning that wolves are monogamous(!)
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF - Duran Duran
I'm not a huge fan, but this is a good version, no?
KILLER WOLF - Danzig
If you don’t already own Danzig II: Lucifuge, I have good news. It’s finally been released on iTunes. And if you already own Danzig II: Lucifuge, isn't it about time you upgraded that cassette tape?
WOLVES - Phosphorescent
My brother-in-law turned me onto this one. It’s a lovely, haunting song about being eaten by wolves. And there’s ukulele.
LIL' RED RIDING HOOD - Sam the Sham and the Pharohs
Frankly, I’m surprised this didn’t show up in the soundtrack of An American Werewolf in London.
added bonus: The Shammettes' response song, Big Bad Wolf
Did I leave any out? Leave your picks in the comment section.