During the Vietnam War, many War Songs were sung and played. Some interesting and some were even Anti-War. Some were sad and some were funny. But, Talking about one Song, Wooly Bully, that has many a tale associated with it. Lots of Vietnam Veterans had added their own meaning about this Song. But many times, when you are Viewing images or scenes of Vietnam or a Vietnam Movie, there’s Wooly Bully playing somewhere in it. It’s catchy. It’s hypnotizing. But what meaning did you hear? Watch the next Video and then the latter one at the End of this Blog Which IS supposed to be where the original origin began.
In 1965, a Filipino spy comedy film titled Agent Wooley Booley at ang 7 Bikini was released.
Eddie and the Hot Rods released a version of the song as a single in the United Kingdom in 1976, but it did not chart. The song is referenced by Joe Strummer in the live version of The Clash hit “Capital Radio” featured on the live album titled Live: From Here to Eternity. The song is also heard in a number of films: Bandits in Milan (in the opening titles), More American Graffiti, The Hollywood Knights, Big Bully, The Rookie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Full Metal Jacket, The Shrimp on the Barbie, Splash, Scrooged, Happy Gilmore, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Monsters vs. Aliens, Religulous, Monsieur Ibrahim, Encino Man, Made in Dagenham, Mr Holland’s Opus starring Richard Dreyfuss, and The Chipmunk Adventure, in which it is performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks. The song is also heard in The Wire during a scene in Delores’ bar in the season 2 episode Ebb Tide. Bachman–Turner Overdrive performs a cover of the song on the soundtrack for the 1989 Canadian film American Boyfriends.
Gonzo the Great, Rizzo the Rat, and Fozzie Bear covered the song for the 1993 album Muppet Beach Party. The Tubes included a song on their final album from 1985, Love Bomb, entitled “Theme from a Wooly Place,” a mashup in which the string arrangement for “Theme from A Summer Place” was played over “Wooly Bully” for 46 seconds. Another cover of the song was made by Canned Heat. The Iranian musical group Zinguala Ha covered the song, renamed “Atal Matal”; it is featured on the Raks Raks Raks – 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From The Iranian 60s Scene compilation. Ace Cannon recorded an instrumental version for his 1967 album Memphis Golden Hits. Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes released a version of the song on their 1977 album, A Piece of the Rock.
In 1966 Yugoslav beat band Tomi Sovilj i Njegove Siluete released a Serbo-Croatian version of the song, entitled “Vule bule”. Their version was covered in 1991 by Serbian alternative rock band Bjesovi on their debut album U osvit zadnjeg dana.
In 1988, the French band Au Bonheur des Dames recorded a parody song. The title “Roulez Bourrés” (Drive Drunk) is a play on words with “Wooly Bully”, which sounds similar in French.
English Ska band Bad Manners also recorded a version on their debut album Ska ‘n’ B. Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos included it on their album Live in San Francisco, recorded in 2011 and released in 2013.
The 1972 song “C Moon” by Wings was inspired by the lyric “Let’s not be L-7” from “Wooly Bully.” Paul McCartney created “C Moon” to contrast the L-7 neologism featured in “Wooly Bully” as a different signal to be made on the hands, meaning “cool” rather than “square.” The phrase “L-7” is also referred to in the lyrics to “C Moon.”
In mid-2018 Woolworths in Australia commenced using the music in the “Why I shop at Woolies” TV advertisements for the company.
The final episode (14) of season 4 (1987-1988) of “Moonlighting” starring Cybil Shepard and Bruce Willis featured a skit performance of “Wooly Bully” by character Herb Viola (Curtis Armstrong) based on the pretense that the writers’ strike left the show 10 minutes short.
In a promo for an upcoming episode of “Frasier” that saw Woody Boyd (the character portrayed by Woody Harrelson on “Cheers”) visit the title character (played by Kelsey Grammer on both shows) in Seattle, NBC played a rerecording of the song, under the title “Woody Woody”.
But if you are a Vietnam Veteran, the song might bring back powerful memories. And you too may have heard more than one version of what the Song, Wooly Bully was all about…