Werewolves of London

I’m talking about that great old song by Warren Zevon. What or who are the werewolves? It sounds like the werewolves are a symbol for something, but I haven’t been able to find anything about it online. Or is it just an awesome slightly silly song?

My vote is for the silly song explanation. In recollecting the lyrics, I can’t think of any that don’t just sound riciculous (as in intentionally ridiculous).

From a fan website, http://members.tripod.com/~Zevonaticism:

“Werewolf of London” was a 1935 movie:


Nothing terribly deep apparently. Whether conciously or not, we’ll assume Zevon & friends took the phrase from the movie.

The movie “An American Werewolf in London” was released in 1981, 3 years after the Zevon song. The Brian Stableford novel a decade later.

I saw an interview with Zevon once in which he said that he wished people wouldn’t talk about that song so much. He doesn’t seem to like the idea that it’s what he’s going to be best remembered for, when he’s done stuff he considers far more significant.

On the other hand, the same sort of black-humoresque material informs the other Zevon songs that spring to mind:

Roland the Thompson Gunner
Lawyers, Guns and Money

It’s the schtick he seems to do best.

Well, as the question seems to have been answered and I’m not likely to get too many opportunities; Anyone else remember Jenny Agutter in a nurses uniform ?
Matron ! The smelling salts, please…
(If viewing, it’s probably best to ignore the circa 1970’s National Health Service curtains. One assumes thet were chosen to ensure short hospital stays.)

Hell yeah, dude. That werewolf sure had a hot bitch.