Stand in the Fire

Stand in the Fire is a live album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, released December 26, 1980. It was recorded in August 1980 during a five-day residency at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California and featured two new original songs ("Stand in the Fire" and "The Sin") and one new cover ("Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger"). The album was dedicated to Martin Scorsese. It was released in a limited edition, LP replica sleeve on CD April 25, 2006 in Japan. A remastered and expanded edition was released on March 26, 2007 in the U.K., March 27, 2007 in the U.S.

Band members Zeke Zirngiebel, Bob Harris and Marty Stinger were in Boulder, a band signed to Elektra Records.[4] The singer was Stan Bush. Their self-titled album was released in 1979 and it included Zevon's "Join Me in L.A." Bob Harris later went on to work with Frank Zappa.

Zevon called the concerts "The Dog Ate the Part We Didn't Like Tour".[4]

Stand in the Fire
Warren Zevon - Stand In The Fire
Live album by
ReleasedDecember 26, 1980
RecordedAugust 1980
VenueThe Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
GenreRock
Length1:00:32
LabelAsylum
ProducerWarren Zevon
Greg Ladanyi
Warren Zevon chronology
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
(1980)
Stand in the Fire
(1980)
The Envoy
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]
Music Box5/5 stars [3]

Track listing

All songs written by Warren Zevon unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Stand in the Fire" – 3:26
  2. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter" (Bruce Springsteen, Zevon) – 4:00
  3. "Excitable Boy" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 3:52
  4. "Mohammed's Radio" – 4:45
  5. "Werewolves of London" (LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Zevon) – 4:48
  6. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" – 3:49
  7. "The Sin" – 3:06
  8. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" – 4:08
  9. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" – 4:28
  10. "Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger" / "Bo Diddley" (Bo Diddley) – 4:15

Bonus Tracks on 2007 Remastered Edition

  1. "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" – 3:58
  2. "Play It All Night Long" – 4:50
  3. "Frank and Jesse James" – 4:27
  4. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 4:33

Personnel

Technical
  • George Gruel – road manager
  • Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis – art direction, photography
  • Recorded by Billy Youdelman and Greg Ladanyi
  • Mixed by Greg Ladanyi, assisted by James Ledner

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 80

References

  1. ^ "Stand in the Fire - Warren Zevon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Aug. 4, 1981". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ Metzger, John. "Warren Zevon - Stand in the Fire (Album Review)". Musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "35 Years Ago: Warren Zevon Is Cut Loose on 'Stand in the Fire'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
1980 in music

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

Bo Diddley (song)

"Bo Diddley" is a rhythm and blues and rock and roll song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley at the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and released on the Chess Records subsidiary Checker Records in 1955. It became an immediate hit single that stayed on the R&B charts for a total of 18 weeks, 2 of those weeks at #1, and seven more weeks than its flipside (the B-side, "I'm a Man"). It was the first recording to introduce African rhythms into rock and roll directly by using the patted juba beat. It was Diddley's first recording and his first hit single. The song is featured on many of Diddley's compilation albums including His Best.

In 2012 the A and B-side pair were added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings. In 2017, the single was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame.

Brian Malouf

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Doug Sax

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Greg Ladanyi

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Jimmy Wachtel

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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).

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me

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The Envoy

The Envoy is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on July 16, 1982, by Asylum Records. The album's lack of commercial success caused Zevon's label to terminate his recording contract, a fact that Zevon discovered only after reading about it in Rolling Stone. In reaction, Zevon went on a self-destructive binge that nearly killed him, followed by a rehab stint that kept Zevon clean and sober for the rest of his life.The title track was inspired by veteran American diplomat Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion of 1982.

Zevon later said of the album's lack of success, "I would start a record more or less as soon as I'd finished the one previous to it, and they took longer, cost more and more, and actually did sort of less and less well. Particularly The Envoy. I was a little discouraged after that."

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.

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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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