I’ve been listening to live variations of Warren Zevon’s song “Werewolves of London”. Like many singers he plays to the crowd by switching names of cities/states/locations. He also throws in names of friends, cohorts and others. So far I’ve heard, George Bush, Chuck Norris, Springsteen, James Taylor Jack Nicholson, among others.
These are bootleg versions, so the “engineering” isn’t always the best, but they are interesting.
I mentioned before about a version of him being in New Jersey and how Clarence Clemons was the one that mutilated little old ladies late last night.
In the most recent version, he was cutting his voice at times so the song could sing a verse, or a word.
This version was from 1990, and he was singing the following lines:
“I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s
His hair was…”
The crowd screams “perfect” right on cue. Then 2-3 seconds later, the mic picks up some guy yell “perfect”, yeah I’m sure he had 2-3 too many.
Gotta love live music and intoxicated fans!
I also like how these versions start out with just beating on the piano, just playing various notes without the crowd knowing what song is about to come until he actually starts it.