Friday, April 1, 2011

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Land of 1,000 Dances? (1985-86)

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of Vince McMahon's 1st foray into music with The Wrestling Album. Vince managed to get as many of his wrestlers, along with newly retired grappler-turned-announcer (and soon to be movie star) Jesse Ventura and interviewer Gene Okerlund, as well as McMahon himself, onto a stage somewhere in front of a live audience, aided by a house band that featured Rick Derringer (album producer) and Cyndi Lauper (credited under the alias Mona Flambe, and dressed in a black wig & shades) on guitars, and, yes, that does look like Meat Loaf behind the drum kit. Jimmy Hart, formerly with the 60's pop group, the Gentrys, not only was one of the more despised personalities on the roster of the then-World Wrestling Federation, but also their chief songwriter, once McMahon stopped paying royalties for other people's records, such as Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" (used for Hulk Hogan at the time) and the Alan Parsons Project's "Eye in the Sky" (Rick Steamboat), which was later used as the theme music for the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

The Wrestling Album was released in December, 1985, just in time for Christmas, and this video was the stage-setter for the company's 1st Slammy Awards, which took place in March of '86. Of course, things get silly near the end, but what did you expect from this bunch?

No comments: