In , Phil Everly had a kooky idea. The rock legend best known as one half of The Everly Brothers had just watched the horror film Werewolf of London , and he thought the title and subject matter would make for a great pop song and accompanying dance craze.
Everly shared this brainstorm with his touring keyboard player, a then-unknown musician and songwriter named Warren Zevon. Perhaps that explains why Phil Everly knew his werewolf idea had legs.
Waddy Wachtel—regarded as one of the greatest studio guitarists of all time—stopped by on his way to a different session and found Zevon hanging out. Wachtel was off and running. As Marinell launched into his now-classic riff, Wachtel began ad-libbing lyrics about a werewolf eating beef chow mein at Lee Ho Fook, a real-life Chinese restaurant in London that's still in operation. Warren says, 'That's great! OK, fine. There's your first verse. You write the rest. I've gotta go into town. It took just 10 or 15 minutes to finish what Wachtel had started.
Browne dug the song and began performing it sporadically in concert. Nearly three years later, Zevon set about recording it for Excitable Boy. It's got to be Wachtel and Browne proceeded to shuffle through session guys, assembling five or six different bands in the hopes of getting the desired level of dumbness. The band recorded take after take as the moon went down and night turned to day. After 59 tries, Wachtel and Browne decided to use take 2. Wachtel fared much better recording his guitar solo; he laid it down in a single pass, before he could even sip from the bottle of vodka he had opened.
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Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Geography is a popular source of inspiration for many songwriters. When a musician sings about their home country, it can be a way to express patriotism—or criticism. Crooning about a foreign place, on the other hand, is a way to transport listeners to a different part of the world. Inserting place names into lyrics is so common, nearly every country on Earth has a song named after it.
Budget Direct compiled the most popular of these songs in the map below. To make the graphic, the insurance website searched every country name on Spotify and picked the songs with the highest play counts. The most-played track on the map is "China" by Anuel AA with ,, streams. Though the lyrics don't actually mention the country, the artist claims China's influence can be heard in the song's rhythm. Some entries, like the national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are deeper cuts.
You can check out the full map of popular songs named after countries below. And if you'd like to continue your musical tour of the world, Budget Direct put together a Spotify playlist of the tracks here. BY Kenneth Partridge. Subscribe to our Newsletter! BY Ellen Gutoskey. Five rooms of one's own. You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom. Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.
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