Sentimental Hygiene

Sentimental Hygiene is the sixth studio album by rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on August 29, 1987, by Virgin Records. The release of Sentimental Hygiene marked the first studio album for Zevon in five years. It produced the single "Reconsider Me", as well as the dance single "Leave My Monkey Alone".

The single version of "Leave My Monkey Alone" was extended to 10:34 minutes and included a remix by the Latin Rascals (Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran) and the non-album track, "Nocturne".[4]

"Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" was used as the opening theme music for the short-lived Fox comedy series Action. The song was composed by Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills, all members of R.E.M. backing up Zevon on this album, who also recorded an album with Zevon under the name Hindu Love Gods. Michael Stipe also of R.E.M., appears on the album providing vocals and harmony on the song "Bad Karma". The album features contributions by Bob Dylan and Neil Young; the former playing harmonica on "The Factory" and the latter lead guitar on the title track.

Sentimental Hygiene
Sentimental Hygiene album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 1987
Recorded1987
StudioRecord One, Los Angeles, California; A&M Studios, Hollywood, California; Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
GenreRock, hard rock, alternative rock, folk rock
Length36:49
LanguageEnglish
LabelVirgin
ProducerWarren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
Warren Zevon chronology
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon
(1986)
Sentimental Hygiene
(1987)
Transverse City
(1989)
Singles from Sentimental Hygiene
  1. "Sentimental Hygiene"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Boom Boom Mancini"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Reconsider Me"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Detox Mansion"
    Released: 1987
  5. "Bad Karma"
    Released: 1987
  6. "Leave My Monkey Alone"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon, except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sentimental Hygiene" 5:06
2."Boom Boom Mancini" 4:54
3."The Factory" 2:45
4."Trouble Waiting to Happen"J. D. Souther, Zevon3:32
5."Reconsider Me" 3:09
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Detox Mansion"Jorge Calderón, Zevon3:15
7."Bad Karma" 3:15
8."Even a Dog Can Shake Hands"Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Zevon3:26
9."The Heartache" 3:19
10."Leave My Monkey Alone" 4:12

Personnel

Production

  • Producer: Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
  • Engineer: Duncan Aldrich, Niko Bolas, Richard Bosworth
  • Assistant Engineer: Richard Cottrell, Richard Landers, Bob Levy, Mark McKenna, Dan Nash, Bob Vogt
  • Mixing: Niko Bolas, Larry Ferguson, Shelly Yakus
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Arranger: Niko Bolas, George Clinton, Larry Ferguson
  • Emulator: Warren Zevon
  • Programming and computers: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Art Direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Margo Chase
  • Cover Photo: Herb Ritts

References

  1. ^ Mark Deming. "Sentimental Hygiene - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  2. ^ "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  3. ^ "Warren Zevon: Sentimental Hygiene : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1987-07-16. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Warren-Zevon-Leave-My-Monkey-Alone/release/2897509
Bill Berry

William Thomas Berry (born July 31, 1958) is a retired American musician who was the drummer for the alternative rock band R.E.M. Although best known for his solid, economical drumming style, Berry played many other instruments including guitar, bass guitar, and piano, both for songwriting and on R.E.M. albums. After 17 years with the band, Berry left the music industry to become a farmer, and has since maintained a low profile, making sporadic reunions with R.E.M. and appearing on other artists' recordings.

Brian Setzer

Brian Robert Setzer (born April 10, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the early 1990s with his swing revival band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

David Lindley (musician)

David Perry Lindley (born March 21, 1944) is an American musician who founded the band El Rayo-X, and who has worked with many other performers including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton. He has mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar magazine referred to Lindley not as a multi-instrumentalist, but instead as a "maxi-instrumentalist."The majority of the instruments that Lindley plays are string instruments, including the acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, oud, and zither.

Lindley was a founding member of the 1960s band Kaleidoscope, and has worked as musical director for several touring artists. In addition, he has occasionally scored and composed music for film.

Hindu Love Gods (album)

Hindu Love Gods is the only album by American band Hindu Love Gods, which was released in 1990. The album was recorded around the same time as Warren Zevon's album Sentimental Hygiene, for which Zevon had enlisted Bill Berry, Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M. as players. The musicians also recorded this set of cover versions, reputedly during a late-night drunken recording session. The recordings were not originally intended for release.

Hindu Love Gods (band)

Hindu Love Gods was an American rock band that was, in essence, an occasional side project of members of R.E.M., with (at various times) Warren Zevon and Bryan Cook.

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).

Leland Sklar

Leland Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947) is an American electric bass guitarist and session musician. He is a member of the Los Angeles-based instrumental group The Section, who served as the de facto house band of Asylum Records and were one of the progenitors of the soft rock sound prevalent on top-40 radio in the 1970s and 1980s. Besides appearing as the backing band on numerous recordings by artists such as Jackson Browne, Carole King, and James Taylor, the Section also released three solo albums of instrumental rock. Both in The Section and separately, Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician. He also has toured extensively with major rock and pop acts, and recorded many soundtracks to films and television shows.

Mike Mills

Michael Edward Mills (born December 17, 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his musical repertoire also includes keyboards, guitar, and percussion instruments. He contributed to a majority of the band's musical compositions.

Niko Bolas

Niko Bolas is an American music producer, sound engineer, and consultant and business developer in the fields of virtual reality and Internet radio. In 1989, Bolas founded Fakespace Music with Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall and Christian Greuel, which, in 1995, developed the Soundsculpt Toolkit, a software interface that allows music to communicate with the graphical elements of virtual reality.

In 1999, he became the CEO of Sonicbox, Inc., the Internet radio company he founded with Mark Bolas and Ian McDowall. Sonicbox developed and marketed the first internet radio device, which became available in consumer stores in year through a licensing agreement with Philips Consumer Electronics. For the first time, the iM Band(TM) was alongside AM and FM on the radio dial, allowing consumers to listen to Internet radio from around the world.

He assisted the start-up company LibSyn in creating the first podcast network in 2005. He also works with the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division of the School for Cinematic Arts, as well as consulting for USC's Institute for Creative Technology, the Mixed Reality lab.

His current music enterprise is McNeeks Production in Blackbird Studio.

Among his most notable production works are Neil Young's This Note's for You, Freedom and Living with War, Warren Zevon's Sentimental Hygiene and Melissa Etheridge debut self-titled album. Bolas' trademark technique is clear and loud recording of vocals. The same can be said of his talent at recording other musical instruments - in the early 1980s, Bolas collaborated with legendary American hard rock band KISS, on their album Creatures of the Night, recording Eric Carr's drums.

Nocturne

A nocturne (from the French which meant nocturnal, from Latin nocturnus) is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. Historically, nocturne is a very old term applied to night Offices and, since the Middle Ages, to divisions in the canonical hour of Matins.

Ray Mancini

Raymond Michael Mancini (born March 4, 1961), best known as Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1979 to 1992, and has since worked as an actor and commentator. He held the WBA lightweight title from 1982 to 1984. Mancini inherited his distinctive nickname from his father, veteran boxer Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini, who laid the foundation for his son's career. In 2015, Ray was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Reconsider Me (Warren Zevon song)

"Reconsider Me" is a single from Warren Zevon's 1987 album Sentimental Hygiene. The song failed to chart, but became a live staple in Zevon's concert performances. In 2006, a set of love songs were released under the name: Reconsider Me: The Love Songs.

Transverse City

Transverse City is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Warren Zevon, released in October 1989 by Virgin Records.

Trouble Waiting to Happen

"Trouble Waiting to Happen" is a humorous song from the Warren Zevon album Sentimental Hygiene. As the title would suggest, the song's theme is about the narrator describing various troubles that are facing him. These include the third and fourth world wars and being slandered in the Rolling Stone (With Zevon commenting on what he had supposedly done as sounding "like a lot of fun"). The line may be a reference to the fact that after disappointing sales of his The Envoy album, Asylum Records dropped Zevon, but never told him about what they had done. He found out in the end by reading the gossip column of the Rolling Stone. The song ends with a warning that trouble is waiting to happen to us all, and a repeated chorus of the songs title.

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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