Clap for the Wolfman

What's that you say? Halloween is right around the corner and you're looking for a few good songs on lycanthropy? Well, look no further.

"Reynardine" by Fairport Convention (1969) may be my favorite. The song dates back to at least 1800 and concerns a "werefox". Sandy Denny and band do an amazing job capturing the haunting mood. One of these days I need to do a post on British folk music from the late 1960's and early 1970's - some incredible recordings came out of bands like Fairport Convention, Pentangle and Steeleye Span which is woefully under appreciated in the U.S..

Of course there's the Warren Zevon classic "Werewolves of London".

And the Ozzy Osbourne song "Bark at the Moon". Click here to see him lip-synching to it on Top of the Pops.

David Naughton from An American Werewolf in London had a short lived career in music before starring in the John Landis film. His cheesy disco song "Makin' It" was successful enough to spawn a horrible TV show. Hey, I know it's not about werewolves, but it's close enough for me.

Speaking of An American Werewolf in London, the movie's soundtrack has a bunch of moon themed songs like "Moondance" by Van Morrison and "Blue Moon". My favorite moon song has to be "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck. Gotta love that vibraphone.

If you want a more comprehensive list of werewolf music just go here to the Werewolf Cafe. I don't recognize ninety percent of the songs listed there, but what do I know? - I'm more of a David Naughton than Danzig kind of guy anyway.


  1. That is so cool. That really helps put me in the mood for Halloween. I hadn't really thought about how many werewolf songs were out there. I always loved An American Werewolf in London. I might have to watch it again very soon. Are you looking forward to the Wolf Man remake?

  2. Keith- This is how totally out of it I am - I didn't even know they were remaking it! I'll have to look into that..... I guess I need to spend a little time outside of the retro-world.

  3. I always sort of liked Danzig too, he has that natural werewolf thing going on, but I loved American Werewolf in London. I have seen it many times. They also played the great Creedance song Bad Moon a'Rising. I loved Jake E. Lees work with Ozzy and also he more Zeppelinesque style music with Badlands after Ozzy sacked him for some still inscrutable reason.

    As U understand he never really used a tremelo bar, whammy bar as they call it, with Ozzy. All his guitar dive bombs and "whams" were done with his hands alone.

  4. Good Timing...with just four weeks to Holloween.


  5. Willy - I have to admit, I went through a Danzig phase in college. I still think some his stuff is cool like "Twist of Cain".

    I've heard that Jake E. Lee actually wrote most of the material on the Ozzy LP which Ozzy took most of the credit for, and this somehow relates his removal... probably just heresay.

    John- Yeah, I love the Halloween season. Thanks for dropping in.

    Anyone notice that the lead singer for Starbuck looks an awful lot like Gallagher? I'm referring to that annoying comedian who used to squash watermelons and wore suspenders and silly hats.

  6. It stars Benicio Del Toro. I can't remember who else is in it.

  7. That Reynardine song is very beautiful! I never heard it before and will have to add it to my music collection!