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Encyclopedia > The Wrestling Album
The Wrestling Album
The Wrestling Album cover
Studio album by World Wrestling Federation
Released November 1985
Recorded 1985
Label Epic Records
Producer Rick Derringer, Dave Wolff, Jim Steinman, Mona Flambé
World Wrestling Federation chronology
N/A The Wrestling Album
(1985)
Piledriver - The Wrestling Album 2
(1987)

The Wrestling Album was an album released by the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. It featured mostly recent theme tunes of wrestlers on the roster at the time. The Derringer song "Real American" was originally intended for Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham, then known as The U.S. Express, but is best known as Hulk Hogan's theme song. Most of the songs were produced by Rick Derringer and David Wolff. Jim Steinman composed and produced "Hulk Hogan's Theme", which was used on the Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling cartoon. Cyndi Lauper participated on the album as a backing vocalist on "Real American" and as producer of Captain Lou Albano's track under the pseudonym of "Mona Flambé". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, (age 59) in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ... David Wolff was a popular music producer in the 1980s. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an iconic American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Piledriver:The Wrestling Album 2 was an album released by the World Wrestling Federation in 1987. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Lawrence Michael Rotunda, better known as Mike Rotunda, or Mike Rotundo, is an American Professional Wrestler. ... Barry Windham (born July 4, 1960, Sweetwater, Texas) is a professional wrestler and the son of the infamous heel wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, (age 59) in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ... David Wolff was a popular music producer in the 1980s. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... Huck Hogans Rock n Wrestling Video Hulk Hogans Rock N Wrestling was a Saturday morning cartoon that aired on CBS from 1985 to 1987. ... -1...


The album was briefly reissued on CD by Koch Records, who briefly licensed the master rights from Epic/Sony in 1998. A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... Koch Records, the primary subsidiary of Koch Entertainment LP, is an independent record label in the United States // Alchemist Criss Angel Anúna Joan Baez Beth Hart Black Ice D.Smith Ian Brown Chris Brubeck Richard Butler Carl Cox Christine McVie Chumbawamba Cormega D-Block DJ Cam DJ Kayslay DJ...

Contents

Track listing

  1. The Wrestlers - "Land of a Thousand Dances?!!?"
  2. Junkyard Dog - "Grab Them Cakes"
  3. 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"

Land of A Thousand Dances is a song by Wilson Pickett. ... Sylvester Ritter (December 13, 1953 – June 2, 1998) was a professional wrestler best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and Mid-South Wrestling as The Junkyard Dog. ... Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, (age 59) in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ... Real American is the title of the signature tune of American wrestler Hulk Hogan. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... Louis Albano (born July 29, 1933 in Carmel, New York), better known as Captain Lou, is an American professional wrestler and manager. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Eugene “ Mean Gene” Okerlund (born November 29, 1938 in Sisseton, South Dakota), is an American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. ... Tutti Frutti was Little Richards first hit record in 1955; with its opening cry of Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom! and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs, but also one of the... Jim Morris wrestled ten years with the World Wrestling Entertainment as a wrestler known as Hillbilly Jim. ... Nikolai Volkoff (born Josip Peruzovic in October 14, 1947) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his performances for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Cara Mia is a popular song. ...

Miscellaneous

  • 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 1,000 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 used "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou" as the B-side.
  • "Captain Lou" is a cover of a song originally recorded by NRBQ; Albano had made an appearance on the original recording.
  • Albano was credited with playing all of the instruments (kayfabe) on "Captain Lou's History of Music/Captain Lou". However, he is actually heard playing the main leitmotif from Grieg's "Morning" (from Peer Gynt Suite) on the "History of Music" portion of his track. (Albano had played some deliberately amateurish piano on an episode of Tuesday Night Titans a year earlier.)
  • The "WWF All Stars" band credited with playing on "Hulk Hogan's Theme" are most of the same musicians that have recorded for Jim Steinman (the song's producer and composer) during the Bat Out of Hell and Bad for Good sessions.
  • Hulk Hogan claimed, as part of a 1985 WWF Magazine article on The Wrestling Album, to have played bass guitar on "Hulk Hogan's Theme" (Hogan had played bass in several bands prior to becoming a professional wrestler), but he is not actually credited as doing so in the album's liner notes.
  • In the same WWF Magazine article, The Iron Sheik is quoted as being genuinely upset with the fact that, because of the Ayatollah Khomeni's ban on music in Iran, no one in the Sheik's country of birth would be able to hear his contribution on "Land of 1,000 Dances".
  • Disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson is a guest vocalist on "Grab Them Cakes".
  • "Grab Them Cakes" made Junkyard Dog the only professional wrestler ever to appear on American Bandstand.
  • Roddy Piper's contribution to the album, "For Everybody", was credited as being produced solely by Derringer (kayfabe), in order to conform to the ongoing angle in the WWF between Piper on one side and anyone directly associated with Cyndi Lauper (including Dave Wolff) on the other. In actuality, Wolff was present for Piper's session.
  • Similarly, Cyndi Lauper's pseudonymous production credit as "Mona Flambé" may also be a Derringer/Wolff production with a kayfabe credit, although Lauper has produced most of her own albums under her own name. Lauper also appeared under the Mona Flambé guise on The Wrestling Album's cover, in the video for "Land of 1,000 Dances", and at the original Slammy Awards.
  • "For Everybody"'s original title, as may have been apparent to many older listeners, is "Funk Everybody"[1]. The title and some of the lyrics had to be changed for Piper's version since the album was being marketed to the WWF's younger audience.
  • "Mean Gene" Okerlund had previously done an impromptu version of "Tutti Frutti" on Tuesday Night Titans with the show's house band, with Hulk Hogan sitting in on bass guitar.
  • Jimmy Hart's "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield" can be heard on the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 videogame as the track serves as his theme music.
  • Despite being closely associated with Hulk Hogan for over twenty years, Real American was actually intended to be the theme song for the tag team of Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham (AKA: The US Express).
  • The March 2007 issue of WWE Magazine contained a list of "101 Things Every WWE Fan Should Do Before He Dies" and #63 is "Identify every WWE superstar on the cover of The Wrestling Album, WWE's original record release from 1985."

Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Eugene “ Mean Gene” Okerlund (born November 29, 1938 in Sisseton, South Dakota), is an American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... NRBQ is an American rock band. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (IPA kəˈfeɪbi; kuh-fay-bee) refers to the portrayal that events within the industry are real, that is, that professional wrestling is not staged or worked. ... Edvard Grieg Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period. ... Peer Gynt is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ... Tuesday Night Titans (often abbreviated TNT) was a weekly professional wrestling program, produced by the World Wrestling Federation, that aired on the USA Network from 1984 to roughly 1986 or 1987. ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... Bad for Good is the debut (and currently only) album by American composer and singer Jim Steinman, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Hossein Khosrow Vaziri (حسین خسرو وزیری in Persian), better known as The Iron Sheik (born on March 15, 1943 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian professional wrestler. ... Ayatollah Khomeini founded the first modern Islamic republic Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini (آیت‌الله روح‌الله خمینی in Persian) (May 17, 1900 – June 3, 1989) was an Iranian Shia cleric and the political... Vicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 - April 27, 2000) was a US theatre and film actress and singer, most closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music. ... Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (IPA kəˈfeɪbi; kuh-fay-bee) refers to the portrayal that events within the industry are real, that is, that professional wrestling is not staged or worked. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (IPA kəˈfeɪbi; kuh-fay-bee) refers to the portrayal that events within the industry are real, that is, that professional wrestling is not staged or worked. ... The Slammy Awards was a WWF version of the Academy Awards/Grammy Awards. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... WWE SmackDown! vs. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Real American is the title of the signature tune of American wrestler Hulk Hogan. ... Lawrence Michael Rotunda, better known as Mike Rotunda, or Mike Rotundo, is an American Professional Wrestler. ... Barry Windham (born July 4, 1960, Sweetwater, Texas) is a professional wrestler and the son of the infamous heel wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. ...

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Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... The Wrestling Boot Band, also known as the Wrestling Boot Traveling Band, was a musical group fronted by Hulk Hogan that included The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, Hogans wife (Linda), and John Maguire. ... Hulk Rules is an album by Hulk Hogan released in 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Be a Man is a hip hop album released on October 7, 2003 featuring professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage. ... John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr. ... You Cant See Me is the debut album of World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler John Cena and his cousin Tha Trademarc. ...

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