Video Hangover: Rick Derringer (Feat. Hulk Hogan) – “Real American”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Real American”
Rick Derringer (Feat. Hulk Hogan), 1985

Some things to consider while you’re watching the Hulkster’s history lesson…


Our second favorite is “Arthur’s Theme”
Is “Real American” the best theme song ever? The world of wrestling is rife with theme songs, but it’s hard to believe any of them offer as perfect a match as Hulk Hogan and Rick Derringer. Maybe there are some fans out there who can enlighten us? What was Cap’n Lou Albano’s theme song, anyway?

Other awesome things they couldn’t handle: fighter planes, motorcycles, and the MTV Spaceman
Being a Real American is not all electric guitars, fireworks, and long, hard missiles. It is an awesome responsibility. Who else is going to tear up Quaddafi’s picture, or head-butt Nikolai Volkov when he gets out of line? The British Bulldogs? Didn’t think so.

America, Fuck Yeah!
Where does “Real American” rank on the list of songs about America? It’s not nearly as thoughtful as this. And although it is gloriously stupid, it’s neither as glorious nor as stupid as the awful John Mellencamp song that was on TV every six minutes last fall. That ditty made us want to punch America right in the face.

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