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Michael Hurley - The Werewolf Song

Here's one from the weird, dark folk music vault. Michael Hurley recorded his debut album in 1964. First Songs is a minor gem of authentic oddball songs, but it was the album's closing track that people noticed. The Werewolf Song is an introspective little number about a downtrodden lycanthrope, in thrall to his nature and thoroughly miserable about the fact. Do I make it sound too much like a novelty track? It's not, even when Hurley's voice breaks into a half-yodelling howl. It's way too dark and strange to laugh at. Cat Power would later cover this song, and completely miss the desperation of the original. Don't make the same mistake.

Michael Hurley - The Werewolf Song
(alternate download)