So this week I present several of my favorites about wrestlers and, in many cases, by wrestlers.
Let's just call it a loser-leave-town musical battle royal. Watch out for flying chairs!
Let's start with one of my favorite rasslers, the late Sputnik Monroe, who I saw wrestle many times at Stockyards Coliseum in Oklahoma City in the early '60s when I was but a lad. Sputnik was the Heavenly Body from Outer Space, The Body Men Fear and Women Love. In 1959 released one of the first, maybe the very first record by a professional wrestler, "Sputnik Hires a Band." WKNO, a Memphis NPR station, did a story on the song a few years ago,
Unfortunately there's no Youtube of his lone single, "Sputnik Hire a Band." But thanks to a blog called Gemini Spacecraft, there is embed-able audio of the record. Play it below:
Here's a 1960s garage-rock classic, "The Crusher" by The Novas. (As the intro explains, this is not Johnny Cash.)
Tampa rocker Ronny Elliot does this heartfelt tribute to one of the titans of the field, Gorgeous George,
I apologize for the awful visual quality of this next one, and come to think of it, the audio ain't great either. But I love seeing a young NRBQ performing with their "manager," the great Capt. Lou Albano.
Thanks to Dr. Demento, this tune by Fred Blassie probably is the most famous wrestling song of all. Sell it to the circus, what the heck?
Former Main Event magazine editor Mike Edison shares his thoughts on the sport.
Here's perhaps the worst
And, yes, I'll let Rev. Billy C. have the last word.