I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (An Anthology) is a two-disc compilation album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, released on Rhino Records in 1996. It spans his career from his eponymous debut album on Asylum Records to date of release, ignoring his disowned initial album from 1969, Wanted Dead or Alive. It contains tracks from all ten of his albums released during this period, and includes contributions to soundtracks and his one-off album with members of R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods.

Disc one collects recordings done for Asylum, and disc two collects recordings done for Virgin and Giant Records.

I’ll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)
Warren Zevon - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)
Compilation album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1996
ProducerGary Peterson
Mark Pinkus
Warren Zevon chronology
I’ll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)
Life'll Kill Ya
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]

Track listing

Disc one

No.TitleWriter(s)Album, YearLength
1."Frank and Jesse James"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19764:36
2."Hasten Down the Wind"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19763:01
3."Poor Poor Pitiful Me"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19763:06
4."I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19762:58
5."Carmelita"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19763:35
6."Desperados Under the Eaves"Warren ZevonWarren Zevon, 19764:47
7."Johnny Strikes Up the Band"Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19782:49
8."Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"David Lindell, Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19783:45
9."Excitable Boy"LeRoy Marinell, Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19782:41
10."Werewolves of London"LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19783:28
11."Accidentally like a Martyr"Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19783:38
12."Lawyers, Guns and Money"Warren ZevonExcitable Boy, 19783:32
13."Frozen Notes"Warren ZevonExcitable Boy Previously Unissued Outtake, 19782:01
14."Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School"Warren ZevonBad Luck Streak in Dancing School, 19802:59
15."Gorilla, You’re a Desperado"Warren ZevonBad Luck Streak in Dancing School, 19802:47
16."Play It All Night Long"Warren ZevonBad Luck Streak in Dancing School, 19803:18
17."Mohammed’s Radio" (Live)Warren ZevonStand in the Fire, 19804:49
18."Jeannie Needs a Shooter" (Live)Bruce Springsteen, Warren ZevonStand in the Fire, 19804:07
19."The Envoy"Warren ZevonThe Envoy, 19823:13
20."The Hula Hula Boys"Warren ZevonThe Envoy, 19823:02
21."Let Nothing Come between You"Warren ZevonThe Envoy, 19823:39
22."Looking for the Next Best Thing"Kenny Edwards, LeRoy Marinell, Warren ZevonThe Envoy, 19823:38
Total length:1:15:20

Disc two

No.TitleWriter(s)Album, YearLength
1."Sentimental Hygiene"Warren ZevonSentimental Hygiene, 19875:03
2."Boom Boom Mancini"Warren ZevonSentimental Hygiene, 19874:49
3."Detox Mansion"Jorge Calderón, Warren ZevonSentimental Hygiene, 19873:13
4."Bad Karma"Warren ZevonSentimental Hygiene, 19873:13
5."Reconsider Me" (Single Version)Warren ZevonSentimental Hygiene, 19873:26
6."Run Straight Down"Warren ZevonTransverse City, 19894:06
7."The Long Arm of the Law"Warren ZevonTransverse City, 19893:46
8."Splendid Isolation"Warren ZevonTransverse City, 19894:30
9."You Don’t Know What Love Is" (with Mark Isham)Gene de Paul, Don RayeFrom the Motion Picture Love at Large, 19892:30
10."Raspberry Beret" (by Hindu Love Gods)Prince Rogers NelsonHindu Love Gods, 19903:54
11."Suzie Lightning"Warren ZevonMr. Bad Example, 19914:05
12."Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Warren ZevonMr. Bad Example, 19912:53
13."Searching for a Heart"Warren ZevonMr. Bad Example, 19914:18
14."Mr. Bad Example"Jorge Calderón, Warren ZevonMr. Bad Example, 19913:22
15."Roll with the Punches"Warren ZevonFrom the Television Production Tales from the Crypt, 19922:24
16."The French Inhaler" (Live)Warren ZevonLearning to Flinch, 19934:21
17."The Indifference of Heaven" (Live)Warren ZevonLearning to Flinch, 19934:14
18."If You Won’t Leave Me I’ll Find Somebody Who Will"Warren ZevonFrom the Television Production Route 66, 19930:43
19."Real or Not"Warren ZevonFrom the Television Production Tek Wars, 19941:45
20."Seminole Bingo"Carl Hiaasen, Warren ZevonMutineer, 19953:12
21."Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse"Duncan Aldrich, Warren ZevonMutineer, 19953:55
22."Mutineer"Warren ZevonMutineer, 19953:17
Total length:1:16:50

Collective personnel



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead may refer to:

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead", a song from Warren Zevon

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology), a Warren Zevon compilation album

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon, a biography of Warren Zevon

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (Bon Jovi song)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003 film), a British crime drama

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2016 film), a documentary about American DJ Steve Aoki

Jordan Zevon

Jordan Zevon (born August 7, 1969) is an American singer, musician and songwriter. He is the son of rock musician Warren Zevon.

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.

Zevon has also produced several films, including the motion picture $pent (2000).

Kenny Edwards

Kenneth Michael "Kenny" Edwards (February 10, 1946 – August 18, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, bassist, guitarist, mandolinist, and session musician. He was a founding member of the Stone Poneys and Bryndle and a long-time collaborator with Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff.

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Leland Sklar

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Life'll Kill Ya

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Russ Kunkel

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Warren Zevon

Warren William Zevon (; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.

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.

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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