‘Real American’ Writer Says Song Deserved to Be “More Legit” Than Just a Wrestling Theme

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The guy who wrote/produced “Real American” says he’s happy with its success, but always thought Hulk Hogan‘s iconic entrance track deserved to be “more legit than just a wrestler’s theme.

Mel Magazine published an oral history on “Real American” and of course interviewed Rick Derringer. The musician talked about the song’s origin and how he/his writing partner set out to record “the most patriotic song of all time” before it became Hulk’s theme song. 

Once Hulkamania kicked into full gear though, the song became synonymous with the wrestler.

“We were really happy about all that,” Derringer explained. “But still somewhere in the back of my mind I thought, ‘Man, this song should be somehow more legit than just a wrestler’s theme song.’ We had wanted to write this fabulous patriotic song for all Americans. We saw it somehow on a different level than a wrestler’s theme song, so in some ways I was a little let down.”

That changed for Rick in 2008, however, when he found out Hillary Clinton used the song at a few rallies during the Democratic primary election. “It’s no commentary on Hillary, whether you like her or not, but we were excited because all of a sudden the song had become somehow a lot more legitimate than simply a wrestler’s theme song,” he told the publication.

The song was then used by Newt Gingrich in 2012 during his run for the White House,  President Barrack Obama when he unveiled his birth certificate and President Donald Trump.

Derringer adds, “So we’re very excited in general that it’s a great wrestler’s theme song, but that it’s become almost a new national anthem in some points of view, and remains one of the most heard and recognized songs that’s never been released as a single.”

Whether it’s considered by some to be “a new national anthem” might be debatable, but there’s no argument over whether this song rocks. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, BROTHERS! 

  • PurpleHaze

    Should have been more legit than Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo anyway.

    • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

      Guy writes song for wrestling album is shocked that only wrestling fans bought it…

  • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

    Real American was originally the US Express theme song.
    I always liked Hulk’s original song, the one that sounded like a knockoff of a Rocky song

    • ♋•†Γ!plΣb2k1•♋ – WGU

      wasn’t a knock off….he actually used “Eye Of The Tiger” lol

      • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

        No, after that… He had a different song. It went “Hulk… Hulk… Hulk!”

        • ♋•†Γ!plΣb2k1•♋ – WGU

          the theme song from “Hulk Hogan’s Rock n Wrestling” cartoon lol

          • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

            Yeah it was used for that too.

          • ♋•†Γ!plΣb2k1•♋ – WGU

            the only time I ever seen it used

          • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

            He used it for maybe a year max before they flipped him Real American.

        • PurpleHaze

          You’re trolling here right?

          • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

            Hell no.

          • PurpleHaze

            You ain’t gotta lie Craig

          • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

            Keyboard jam Hogan theme is epic.

    • BaldBombshell

      It was actually a Bonnie Tyler knock-off. It was the instrumental to her song “Ravishing”

      • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

        Yeah I know there’s two versions of the song. But, the music is totally “Rocky-esque.”

      • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

        Actually… After a quick Google… Bonnie Tyler actually sampled Hulk. Look it up.

    • PurpleHaze

      They came out to Born in the USA I thought Capt Lou

      • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

        They did, but switched to Real American when Vince started paying to have his own songs produced. Looks like they only had Real American for about 3 months before they left WWF.

      • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

        Basically, when Hogan got the music, it ended his “I can sometimes be chill while wearing my aviators” phase. From then on he was always in yellow and all jacked up.

  • Louis

    He makes a fair point. I understand where he is coming from. Does sound like it was meant as a soundtrack for an Arnold or Stallone action movie of the 80’s.

    He did the Demoliton theme song as well.

    • #WOKEN Lou DiFigliano

      Then he should’ve come up with something else while contracted with WWF and have saved Real American for… His ow album… If he felt so strongly.

  • Glitter Outlaw

    the Racism and the Pro trump views has Killed Hogan forever.