Life'll Kill Ya

Life'll Kill Ya is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 25, 2000, by Artemis Records.

Life'll Kill Ya
Warren Zevon - Life'll Kill Ya
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2000
ProducerPaul Q. Kolderie, Sean Slade
Warren Zevon chronology
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)
Life'll Kill Ya
My Ride's Here
Singles from Life'll Kill Ya
  1. "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Porcelain Monkey"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Back in the High Life Again"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]


Several of the album's songs deal with the topic of death; for instance, "My Shit's Fucked Up" is a mournful lament on the aging process and the inevitable decay that accompanies it. "Life'll Kill Ya" and "Don't Let Us Get Sick" also have prominent death themes. In 2002, just two years after the album's release, Zevon was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died a year later.[3][4][5]

Track listing

All tracks written by Warren Zevon unless noted.

1."I Was in the House When the House Burned Down" 3:04
2."Life'll Kill Ya" 2:47
3."Porcelain Monkey"Jorge Calderón, Zevon3:32
4."For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer" 3:13
5."I'll Slow You Down" 3:13
6."Hostage-O" 4:05
7."Dirty Little Religion" 3:11
8."Back in the High Life Again"Will Jennings, Steve Winwood3:13
9."My Shit's Fucked Up" 2:45
10."Fistful of Rain"Jorge Calderón, Zevon5:19
11."Ourselves to Know" 3:18
12."Don't Let Us Get Sick" 3:05


  • On some releases, track 9 is omitted from the rear U-card but appears on the song list in the case booklet.



  • Paul Q. Kolderie – producer, engineer
  • Sean Slade – producer, engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Michael Krumper – A&R
  • Warren Zevon – art direction
  • Jonathan Exley – photography, design


Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 173
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 8


  1. ^ Mark Deming (2000-01-25). "Life'll Kill Ya – Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ Warren Zevon (2000-02-17). "Rolling Stone : Warren Zevon: Life'll Kill Ya : Music Reviews". Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ " People | Warren Zevon". Archived from the original on August 21, 2003. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ "Still Sardonic After All These Years". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  5. ^ "PopMatters | Columns | Michael Stephens | BodyMatters | Warren Zevon & The Art of Dying". Archived from the original on October 30, 2002. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  6. ^ "Warren Zevon Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Warren Zevon Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
2000 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 2000.

Back in the High Life Again

"Back in the High Life Again" is a 1986 single written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and performed by Winwood. The single was included on his album Back in the High Life and included backing vocals by James Taylor as well as a prominent mandolin played by Winwood. "Back in the High Life Again" was Winwood's second number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and went to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Back in the High Life Again" received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1988.

Brook Pridemore

Brook Pridemore (born in 1979 in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is a New York City–based songwriter, performer, and frontman, whose early work is affiliated with the antifolk movement. He's released five albums on the Bronx-based record label Crafty Records, and was responsible for co-producing the much acclaimed Anticomp Folkilation album which has since become an underground cult hit.

A regular contributor to numerous other compilations, Brook Pridemore shared a split 7-inch with Ghost Mice for Plan-It-X Records. According to the music review blog their highly anticipated fifth album “Gory Details,” was released in late 2014. It includes the singles “Listening to TPM,” featuring Joseph Michelini of New Jersey indie/folk rock act River City Extension, and "Celestial Heaven". "Celestial Heaven" was recently picked up by Reug Vision, Inc / World Live Music & Distribution and debuted on VEVO in June 2013. Following the release of the record, Pridemore began touring consistently as well as playing in and around New York City near monthly.

Having lived in Kalamazoo, MI for years doing backyard shows and working dead-end jobs to pay for musical endeavors, Brook was known to sing about the things friends did, or that they saw while hanging out downtown, just for something to do.

BP has toured the United States numerous times, then embarked on their first European tour in the fall of 2009. Due to experience playing many house shows on tour, Pridemore and their roommates were inspired to turn their own apartment into a performing venue for local antifolk acts and touring bands; they called it the Brooklyn Tea Party. January 2010 saw the commencement of the Multinational Perspiration Tour, an undertaking on which Pridemore, with tandem partners including The Hit and Miss Engines, Doug Cote, Liv Carrow, Crazy and the Brains and Father, Son and Holy Smokes, performed across the US, Canada, and various European countries before the tour ended in New York on June 19, 2010.

From 2010-14, Pridemore lay low in their adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY. A fifth album, Brook Pridemore's Gory Details, the self-described "album about sex," was recorded in summer 2011. The album remained unreleased until July 2015. On November 11, 2011 Pridemore played a ninety-minute solo set at New York's Sidewalk Cafe. The set included songs from all Brook Pridemore albums, and was released on cassette under the title, My Name Is Brook Pridemore, And I Live In Brooklyn, NY. This live album also marked the incorporation of Pridemore's own record label, Brook Pridemore Industries.

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.

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).

Kingdom of the Spiders

Kingdom of the Spiders is a 1977 American science fiction horror film directed by John "Bud" Cardos and produced by Igo Kantor and Jeffrey M. Sneller. The screenplay is credited to Richard Robinson and Alan Caillou, from an original story by Sneller and Stephen Lodge. The film was released by Dimension Pictures (not to be confused with the distributor Dimension Films). It stars William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler and Altovise Davis.The film is one of the better-remembered entries in the "nature on the rampage" subgenre of science fiction/horror films in the 1970s, due in part to its memorable scenes of people and animals being attacked by tarantulas; its availability on home video and airing on cable television, particularly on the USA Network; but primarily because of Shatner's starring role.

My Ride's Here

My Ride's Here is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on May 7, 2002, by Artemis Records. Zevon described it as "a meditation on death"; it was released several months before Zevon was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma.

On My Ride's Here, Zevon collaborated with a number of writers from outside the world of music. He also covers Serge Gainsbourg's "

Laissez-Moi Tranquille" which roughly translates as "leave me alone". Gainsbourg first recorded it in 1960 on the Romantique 60 EP. "I Have to Leave" was a song written by Zevon's high school friend, Dan McFarland, formerly of the band Sinch.

Paul Q. Kolderie

Paul Q. Kolderie is a record producer, engineer, and mixer. He has worked with Pixies, Radiohead, Orangutang, Hole, Dinosaur Jr., Juliana Hatfield, Wax, Warren Zevon, Uncle Tupelo, Throwing Muses, Morphine, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Abandoned Pools, the Go-Go's, and Mike Gordon of Phish. He usually works with production partner Sean Slade.

In 1985, he helped create Boston's Fort Apache Studios with then-Sex Execs bandmates Sean Slade and Jim Fitting, as well as musician/producer Joe Harvard. He has also played in Detroit-based cowpunk band Goober & the Peas and contributed to Raisins in the Sun.

Story of O

Story of O (French: Histoire d'O, IPA: [istwaʁ do]) is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert.

Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication. Desclos claims she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan, who had admired the work of the Marquis de Sade. The novel shares with the latter themes such as love, dominance and submission.

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", Steve Winwood's "Back in the High Life Again", 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 Ronstadt. 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.

Warren Zevon discography

This article lists the discography of American Rock singer-songwriter and musician Warren Zevon.

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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