- Rolling Stone has a cool story here looking at The Wrestling Album turning 30, featuring comments from Jimmy Hart, Hillbilly Jim and Rick Derringer, who produced most of the songs on the album including Real American. In the article, Hart talked about some of the challenges in putting together the awesome Land of a Thousand Dances video (which you can watch above), which featured most of the roster at the time, including Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Jesse Ventura, Paul Orndorff, George "The Animal" Steele, Bobby Heenan and many others.
"Putting that video together was unbelievable; you had some of the wrestlers who wanted to keep the curtain pulled – you had all the heels and babyfaces together, and that was a no-no back in the day," Hart said. "We came from small territories, where everybody was separated; you drove in separate cars, you ate at separate restaurants, you stayed at separate hotels, because that's how you made your money – you made people believe. So some people were concerned what fans would think if they saw Jimmy Hart standing next to 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper. But Vince had this idea. He's always looking for an attraction, and back then, everybody was an attraction – Paul Orndorff, John Studd, Andre the Giant, Bobby "'the Brain' Heenan and Mr. Fuji, Lou Albano and Fred Blassie – so I remember people were very concerned with who they were standing next to. Some guys just wanted to do one take and get out of there. They'd play it up – 'I can't sing, why am I here?' – but deep down, you knew it was a big deal to them."
Derringer revealed some advice that Piper gave to him during the shoot.
"I remember that video was quite an experience," Derringer recalled. "They envisioned it as being their centerpiece, their big hit, with all these guys in it – so it was outrageous. I remember Cyndi Lauper showed up in disguise, wearing a wig, doing her Mona Flambé character. There were wrestlers everywhere. Meat Loaf was there. Roddy Piper pulled me aside and gave me some advice: 'If I have to knock ya down, stay down. Because being in character, if ya get back up, I'm going to have to go to work on ya. That's the nature of what I do.'"
It's a fun read, check it out by clicking here.
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- Newlyweds Randy Orton and Kim Marie got his and hers tattoos this week, as seen in the video below:
joem49er contributed to this article.