The Wrestling Boot Band

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Wrestling Boot Band
Origin United States
Genres AOR, pop, rap rock
Labels Select Records
Past members Hulk Hogan
Linda Bollea
Jimmy Hart
J.J. Maguire

The Wrestling Boot Band, also known as the Wrestling Boot Traveling Band, was a musical group fronted by Hulk Hogan, which also included "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Hogan's then-wife Linda, and John "J.J." Maguire. They released one album, Hulk Rules, in 1995 under the name "Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band." Hulk Rules rose into the Top Ten on Billboard's children's chart, despite the negative feedback from critics.

Hulk Rules[edit]

Hulk Rules
Studio album by Hulk Hogan
Released 1995
Genre AOR, pop, rap rock
Length 29:34
Label Select Records
Producer Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, J.J. Maguire, Linda Bollea

Hulk Rules includes songs in the genres of rock, pop, hip hop and other genres.

The song "American Made" was used as Hogan's theme song in World Championship Wrestling when he wasn't fronting the nWo. According to Hogan, "Hulkster in Heaven" was written in 1992 in honor of a Make-A-Wish Kid whom Hogan had invited to sit ringside at a show in the UK.[1] When Hulk went out to wrestle, he saw that the seat was empty.[1] Later, he was informed that the young "Hulkamaniac" had died before the match had begun.[1] The lyric "Guess there'll be an empty seat when I wrestle at Wembley," was a direct result of the situation, despite the fact that Hogan has never wrestled at Wembley Stadium, and had not wrestled at Wembley Arena yet at that point[2] (although he would eventually wrestle at the arena in September 1994 for WCW).[3] Proceeds from the album went to help the young boy's family, who was having trouble paying the medical bills.[4]

That night, Hogan and Jimmy Hart wrote several songs for the album.[4] Hogan let his wife at the time Linda sing back up vocals on a couple of the songs because, according to him, she sounded better than "the rest of the stuff."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Terry G. Bollea, Jimmy R. Hart and John J. Maguire.

  1. "Hulkster's in the House"
  2. "American Made"
  3. "Hulkster's Back"
  4. "Wrestling Boot Traveling Band"
  5. "Bad to the Bone"
  6. "I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac"
  7. "Beach Patrol"
  8. "Hulk's The One"
  9. "Hulkster in Heaven"
  10. "Hulk Rules"

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[5]

The album was negatively received despite its commercial success. The pro wrestling website WrestleCrap criticized the album as such: "Hulk Rules; The Hulkster's in the House, and invading your eardrums with the force of a class A killstorm. Highlights include every song mentioning Hogan by name (no egotism here) and Jimmy Hart singing with a clothespin on his nose."[6]

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album's page[7] at Discogs.

  • Hulk Hogan – vocals, bass
  • J.J. Maguire – guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass, drums
  • Linda Bollea – vocals, percussion
  • Jimmy Hart – vocals, percussion, effects

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Top Kid Audio (Kid Albums)[8] 12

In popular culture[edit]

The album was featured on Jimmy Fallon's segment "Do Not Play List" on an October 8, 2012 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Sonic CD's album release of the American Soundtrack known as Sonic the Hedgehog Boom samples the drums from 'Beach Patrol' in Tidal Tempest.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hogan, Hulk, Hollywood Hulk Hogan p.255
  2. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/results.htm
  3. ^ "WCW 1994". Thehistoryofwwe.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Hogan, Hulk, p.256
  5. ^ Griffith, JT. The Wrestling Boot Band at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  6. ^ Reynolds, RD (30 December 2012). "Past Inductions". WrestleCrap. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hulk Rules at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hulk Rules - Hulk Hogan & The Wrestling Boot Band". Billboard. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI5joRVM9mI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

[1]

  1. ^ Hogan, Hulk (2002). Hollywood Hulk Hogan. World Wrestling Entertainment. p. 352. ISBN 0-7434-5690-4. 

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