Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on February 15, 1980, by Elektra Records. Three singles were released from the album, one of which charted: "A Certain Girl" (a cover of a song previously recorded by Ernie K-Doe and The Yardbirds) reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Zevon's second and final hit on that chart.

"Play It All Night Long" is a commentary on those who listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", whom Zevon supposes only listen to the song because country life is so intolerable. It is probably the only popular song ever written which contains a reference to brucellosis.[4]

The term "dancing school" has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.[5]

The album was dedicated to Ken Millar (1915–1983), a friend of Zevon's who was better known for writing mystery novels under the name Ross MacDonald.[6]

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Warren Zevon - Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 15, 1980
Recorded1979
StudioThe Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
GenreRock
Length35:31
LabelElektra
ProducerGreg Ladanyi, Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon chronology
Excitable Boy
(1978)
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
(1980)
Stand in the Fire
(1980)
Singles from Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
  1. "A Certain Girl"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]
Rolling Stone(positive)[3]

Track listing

All songs written by Warren Zevon, unless otherwise indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" 3:00
2."A Certain Girl"Naomi Neville3:08
3."Jungle Work"Jorge Calderón, Zevon3:58
4."Empty-Handed Heart" 3:16
5."Interlude No. 1" 0:26
6."Play It All Night Long" 2:53
7."Jeannie Needs a Shooter"Bruce Springsteen, Zevon3:55
8."Interlude No. 2" 1:08
9."Bill Lee" 1:37
10."Gorilla, You're a Desperado" 2:47
11."Bed of Coals"T-Bone Burnett, Zevon5:04
12."Wild Age" 4:19

Personnel

Additional personnel
Technical
  • Ernie Sheesley, Niko Bolas, Serge Reyes – engineers
  • Jimmy Wachtel – cover
  • George Gruel, Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis – photography

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 20

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "A Certain Girl" Billboard Pop Singles 57

References

  1. ^ Mark Deming. "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ "Warren Zevon: Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1980-03-06. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ "I'm no linguist, but I believe Warren Zevon may be the only man in the history of human communication to use the word brucellosis in a song" - David Letterman, quoted in the liner notes of the "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" anthology.
  5. ^ "dancing academy" in Jonathan Green, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd ed., 2006.
  6. ^ Browning, Boo (April 18, 1980). "Zevon's 'Turning Point'". Retrieved January 28, 2018 – via www.WashingtonPost.com.
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Following his father's death in 2003, Jordan, his half-sister, Ariel, and longtime Zevon collaborator Jorge Calderón accepted Warren's two posthumous Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Folk Album for The Wind. His father's death from mesothelioma moved Jordan to work for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization as an advocate for those harmed by exposure to asbestos. He appeared on the 2004 tribute album to his father titled Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon singing the previously unreleased song "Studebaker". In 2005, he appeared on another tribute album called Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon, issued by Wampus Multimedia, where he sang another unreleased song called "Warm Rain" with Simone Stevens.

In 2005, Zevon released his self-titled debut EP through his production company Mixed Headache. His first full-length album, Insides Out, was released through Texas-based New West Records on April 15, 2008.

On June 7, 2007, Zevon appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and again on April 18, 2008. In 2008, he won the Overall Grand Prize of the prestigious 14th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with his song "Home".

Zevon is currently working on a new album entitled Imperfect, which he has described to be "darker and more rock than power pop" compared to his previous work. He has stated that it will feature the tracks "May or May Not", "Not Like Me", "Merry Go Wrong", "Wrecking Ball", "The Epic Fail" and "Stick With Me". On August 4, 2011, he released a demo take of the song "Wrecking Ball" on his personal website.

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Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978), whose title track is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind". Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

Initially successful as a band leader, Zevon struggled to have a solo career until his music was performed by Linda Rondstadt. This launched a cult following that lasted for 25 years with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from cancer in 2003. He briefly found a new audience in the 1980s by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods.

Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest several times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.

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Werewolves of London

"Werewolves of London" is a rock song performed by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. It was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel and was included on Excitable Boy (1978), Zevon's third solo album. The track featured Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. The single was released by Asylum Records and was a top 40 US hit, the only one of Zevon's career, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 that May.

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