If there is one singular thing that is most associated with the movie Urban Cowboy, it’s that iconic mechanical bull. Not only did it shape the plot of the movie, it changed the landscape of Lone Star honky-tonks, and as he himself will admit, it changed Mickey Gilley’s life.
Here’s the thing: mechanical bulls were never intended to be for entertainment, much less for use by a bunch of rowdy city-cowboys who were three sheets to the wind. It was simply meant to be a training device for actual bull riders. But hey, some of the best ideas were born outside the box, right?