I love Warren Zevon. What’s not to love? His “Werewolves of London” pops up every Halloween, but I think it’s one of those great songs that deserves to be heard for itself — without any holiday inspiration. I’m particularly fond of the line about loving to “… meet his tailor.”
The well-dressed MONSTER is a figure in modern and contemporary monster stories. There are fashions in monsters — vampires are in one year, werewolves the next — but the debonair creature of darkness is a perennial favorite. Bela Lugosi’s dramatization of Dracula feels like camp today, but his evening suit is immaculate. Check out the well-dressed vampires on “True Blood” and you’ll agree that the put-together MONSTER is always in fashion.
Zombies — with their tattered clothes and less-than-respectable hygiene — are never sexy, never seductive, never interesting beyond their eating-machine compulsion, but the hypnotic vampire enhances his, or her, allure with a well-made suit.
That’s why Warren Zevon’s werewolf is so much fun. He bridges the gap between the GQ vampires and the rough & tumble, macho werewolves. So let’s howl at the moon and praise that tailor. I like good-looking, well-dressed monsters. I bet you do too!
With all the new-style vampires to choose from — with all the cute werewolves, romantic ghosts and compelling sorcerers out there — who is YOUR choice for the best-dressed supernatural creature?
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