I know… “Voodoo Chili?” you’re asking yourself. “What in the name of Stubby is Mike Tenay talking about?!”.
Well, let me see if I can explain what Mike meant. Let’s get some facts straight:
1. Hollywood Hogan’s theme song at the time was “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It’s the last song on their album “Electric Ladyland”.
2. There’s another song on that same album with a somewhat similar title- “Voodoo Chile”. It’s an entirely different song from “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” though.
3. The second word in “Voodoo Chile” is pronounced just like the word “child” but without the “d” at the end (in other words, it’s just a fairly common urban pronunciation of the word “child”).
4. Mike Tenay (or whoever typed up his notes) confused the first song with the second song.
That was the first mistake.
5. Mike saw the word “Chile” spelled like that on his note card (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, here) and logically assumed it was pronounced like the country Chile.
That was the second mistake and it’s a pretty easy one to make.
What we’ve learned so far is that apparently Mike A). isn’t much of a Jimi Hendrix fan and B). isn’t so good at researching his facts before he puts on a headset and opens his mouth.
Most fans heard him say “Voodoo Chile” and thought he was saying “Voodoo Chili” possibly referring to the pepper or maybe the dish Chili con carne when in fact he thought he was referring to the country (I guess?).
But he was really referring to the wrong Jimi Hendrix song to begin with.
Got all that?!
It sounded really stupid and instantly became a running gag online.
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is still a really great song though, no matter what Mike Tenay or the WCW brain-trusts thought it was called!