Is my five-star review tainted? Of course! I'm a huge Warren Zevon fan. Nevertheless, to lend what credibility I can in order to help those who browse this product just out of curiosity (about Zevon, about the song, whatever), let me state that I first heard this song back in December when I caught Warren live in Cleveland. He was performing solo (as he has for the last seven years or so), and he introduced "Hit Somebody" as a new song. Long story short, I wasn't too impressed. Like "Piano Fighter," it just felt kind of cheezy.
I've done a complete 180 however (not on Piano Fighter, though; I still think it's mediocre). The studio release of "Hit Somebody" is quite charming, and it strikes a nice balance between being a catchy Zevon track and being, well, just plain old quirky fun. The production is clean, Zevon's singing cavernous and mellow (he can give Leonard Cohen a run for his money), yet the overall performance is light and fun. I'm not a hockey fan at all, and unlike the other reviewers I don't think I'd WANT this song to be endorsed by the NHL. The song is too tongue and cheek for an industry like the NHL to stand behind it. And I think the song works better BECAUSE it's so tongue and cheek. Like "Boom Boom Mancini," Zevon's hockey song is both serious and send-up.