Wrestling's musical connection didn't really start with theme music. Like everything else, there was wrestling-related music on vinyl. I'm not going to go on a diatribe about how "youngsters" today don't know what a vinyl record is. Many do, but where would we be without the jokes about vinyl being antiquated? Many music connoisseurs will tell you that a good, clean, unscratched vinyl sounds better than a digital recording any day. My ears would tend to agree, and thankfully so many great wrestling collectibles are in fact vinyl records!
Arguably the most publicized wrestling musical release is 1985's "The Wrestling Album," a product of the WWF's Rock 'n Wrestling Connection and involving musical talents such as Rick Derringer and Cyndi Lauper. Airplay on MTV and the aura of the wrestling industry at the time time ensured that the endeavor would be a success. From the mass-produced main album to many rarer 45 and 12 inch singles, the product reflects wrestling's then-growing trend towards entertainment. Many of the songs from the album eventually became iconic theme music like JYD's "Grab Them Cakes," Hillbilly Jim's "Don't Go Messin' With A Country Boy," and "Real American" which at the time was intended for Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo's U.S. Express Tag Team. The song, by Derringer, eventually went to Hulk Hogan.
Sometimes even the vinyl itself was visually impressive, as is the case with picture discs. These releases had photos right on the vinyl. As visual as pro wrestlers are, it was a perfect marriage. It seems as if these were more popular outside of the U.S. as many of these releases are foreign. While picture discs featuring such stars as Hulk Hogan and Stan Hansen were produced in Japan, others originated in the U.K. A single from the WWF's third full-length album, "WrestleMania: The Album," saw a Hacksaw Jim Duggan 12 inch picture disc release in the United Kingdom.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of wrestling's musical connection, but rather a sample of what's out there on highly desirable vinyl. Themes are still available in digital stores like Google Play and iTunes, but nothing beats holding a bunch of vinyl records in your hands, eagerly anticipating the sounds when you spin the next one. What I'm really trying to say is...you can have you digital download of "Voices." Cue up some "Jive Soul Bro" on vinyl? I'm there.