The Wrestling Album

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The Wrestling Album
The Wrestling Album.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1985
Recorded1985
LabelEpic/ CBS.
ProducerRick Derringer, Dave Wolff, Jim Steinman, Mona Flambé
World Wrestling Federation chronology
The Wrestling Album
(1985)
Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II
(1987)

The Wrestling Album is a music album released by the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) in 1985 at the height of the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection era.[1] It featured mostly theme music of wrestlers on the roster at the time.

Production[edit]

Most of the songs were produced by Rick Derringer. David Wolff, at the time Cyndi Lauper's manager and boyfriend, was executive producer. The album was basically Wolff's concept. Jim Steinman composed and produced "Hulk Hogan's Theme", which was used on the Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling cartoon. Lauper participated on the album as a backing vocalist on "Real American" and "For Everybody" as well as producer of "Captain" Lou Albano's track under the pseudonym "Mona Flambé."

The album was reissued in 1998 on CD by Koch Records, who licensed the master rights from Epic/Sony. A 30th-anniversary version was released in June 2015 on Sony's Legacy imprint.

The album's tracks are bridged with commentary from Vince McMahon, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Three singles were issued from the album: "Land of a Thousand Dances" (in a shortened version with overdubbed saxophones), "Grab Them Cakes," and "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy." All three singles were issued in picture sleeves, and featured "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou" as the B-side. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's track, "For Everybody," was a cover of the Mike Angelo & The Idols song "Fuck Everybody", with all of the profanity removed.

The fold-out cover features the majority of the WWF's 1985 roster posing in a recording studio, with McMahon, Okerlund and Ventura in the foreground and ring announcer Howard Finkel in the center.[2] Lauper can be seen on the back cover wearing a black wig and holding a Rickenbacker guitar.

Track listing[edit]

  1. The Wrestlers - "Land of a Thousand Dances".
  2. Junkyard Dog - "Grab Them Cakes" (written by David Wolff, George Pavlis, and Vernie "Butch" Taylor); originally recorded in 1981 by obscure rap artist Captain Chameleon who also recorded "Jive Ol' Fo'" which was covered on Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II under the title "Jive Soul Bro"
  3. Rick Derringer - "Real American"
  4. Jimmy Hart - "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield"
  5. "Captain" Lou Albano and George "The Animal" Steele - "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou"
  6. WWF All-Stars - "Hulk Hogan's Theme"
  7. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - "For Everybody"
  8. "Mean" Gene Okerlund - "Tutti Frutti"
  9. Hillbilly Jim - "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy"
  10. Nikolai Volkoff - "Cara Mia"

Reception[edit]

The Wrestling Album peaked at #84 on the album sales charts. None of the singles received any heavy radio airplay nor did they crack the Top 100.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montgomery, James (2015-11-18). "'The Wrestling Album' at 30: The Inside Story of an Album that Started a Revolution". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ Trex, Ethan (2009-01-22). "Reviewing The Wrestling Album". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2013-03-12.