You Bought It – You Name It

You Bought It – You Name It is the sixth studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1983, on the label Warner Bros., two years after Walsh's successful album There Goes the Neighborhood. It was Walsh's second and final studio album to feature George "Chocolate" Perry as producer.

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. It was also not as successful as Walsh's previous albums, peaking at #48 on the Billboard 200. However, Walsh found some moderate success with the single "Space Age Whiz Kids", about the pinnacle of the 1980s video arcade craze. The single peaked at #52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and at #21 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. An outtake from The Long Run, "Told You So" features a guest appearance from former Eagles' member Don Felder (who also co-wrote the track). The album also features contributions from two other Eagles' members Don Henley, and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as country singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, session guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and the drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh's former band Barnstorm.

You Bought It – You Name It
Joe Walsh - You Bought It, You Name It
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1983
RecordedSeptember 20, 1982 – October 8, 1982
LabelWarner Bros.
Joe Walsh chronology
There Goes the Neighborhood
You Bought It – You Name It
The Confessor

Cover artwork

The cover art for the album features an American [[aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, at the Battle of Midway after being hit by enemy bombers that appears to be on fire (smoke is coming out of the funnel from damage to the funnel uptakes and engineering spaces). There is also someone in a fireman suit that has his feet up on the bench behind Walsh who is sitting on the bench next to him, while reading a book titled "Aircraft Carrier". On the back sleeve of the album, Walsh is holding a photograph of the fireman suit with the face cut out so his face appears through it. Additionally, the single release of the song "Space Age Whiz Kids" used the same image of Walsh.

Production and recording

After the success of his album There Goes the Neighborhood, Walsh decided that it was time to record its follow-up, and in July 1982, Walsh asked Bill Szymczyk to produce his new album and Walsh came up with the idea that he was going to rent a 2-inch 16-track non Dolby mobile truck to record the album, but Szymczyk disagreed with the idea completely, and Walsh immediately fired him. They later decided to record the album there and began working on the album in late September that year. They went to the Santa Catalina Island outside of Los Angeles for a 14-day recording session and recorded six of the album's ten tracks in an old ballroom on the island. The other four tracks for the album were recorded in a different studio; the album was not finished until the end of the year.[1] The album contains hard rock songs such as "I Can Play That Rock & Roll" and a cover of the Dick Haymes track "Love Letters". It also contains more introspective material such as "Class of '65", and a song titled "I.L.B.T.s", an acronym for "I Like Big Tits".

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]

In a contemporary review, music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the album is "Joe Walsh's Comedy Album" adding that the album features "one pop standard gone studio-reggae, the ultimate (last?) video-game song, a cross between "Boobs a Lot" and "Dolly Parton's Hits," "Class of '65" for bathetic relief, and a song called "I Can Play That Rock & Roll" that isn't stupid (though it comes close)."[3] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic James Chrispell wrote of the album "Rather retro in feel, like the title, it harkens back to a wackier time. Good, but flawed."[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Joe Walsh, except where noted.

Side one
1."I Can Play That Rock & Roll" 3:03
2."Told You So"
3."Here We Are Now" 3:54
4."The Worry Song"4:37
Side two
6."Space Age Whiz Kids"
  • Vitale
  • Walsh
7."Love Letters"3:11
8."Class of '65" 4:27
9."Shadows" 5:09
10."Theme from Island Weirdos"
  • Vitale
  • Walsh
Total length:38:23


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[4]

Additional personnel


  • Producers: Joe Walsh, George Perry, Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineer: Jim Nipar
  • Assistant engineer: Terry Nelson
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Head Technical Engineer: Scott Stogel
  • Record Plant Mobile: Mark Eshelman
  • Direction: Irving Azoff
  • Art direction: Jeff Adamoff
  • Design: Jeff Adamoff
  • Photography: Jim Shea
  • Hand Coloring: Bob Jacobs


Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 48

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "I Can Play That Rock & Roll" Mainstream Rock 13
"Space Age Whiz Kids" Mainstream Rock 21
Pop Singles 52

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Chrispell, James. "You Bought It – You Name It > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (January 24, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  4. ^ You Bought It – You Name It liner notes. Warner Bros. 1983.

External links

1983 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1983.

Bill Szymczyk

William Frank Szymczyk (; born February 13, 1943) is an American music producer and technical engineer best known for working with rock and blues musicians, most notably the Eagles in the 1970s. He produced many top albums and singles of the 1970s, though he retired from the music business by 1990. He re-emerged in the late 2000s, taking on select projects including the 2007 Eagles album Long Road Out of Eden and the 2008 eponymous debut of Brian Vander Ark.

Unlike many music producers, Szymczyk has no background as a musician. He was originally a sonar operator for the U.S. Navy and took some audio production classes as part of his Navy training. Besides his work with the Eagles, he has produced hit songs and albums for such diverse artists as B.B. King, Joe Walsh, The James Gang, and Elvin Bishop.

George "Chocolate" Perry

George Wesly Perry, known professionally as "Chocolate Perry" is an American bassist, songwriter and producer.

Perry has worked with the Bee Gees, John Cougar, Jon Secada, Stephen Stills, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Al Kooper, Dion DiMucci, Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale and many more.

Helge Engelke

Helge Engelke is a German guitar player, composer, and producer most celebrated for his guitar work in the hard rock bands Fair Warning and Dreamtide. He has also employed his considerable guitar talents in acclaimed “studio work” and has guested on various artists' albums/CD’s including vocals and guitars for his friend Zeno Roth. Herr Engelke was born on September 24, 1961, in Hanover, Germany. He currently resides in Altenhorst, Niedersachsen, Germany.

Helge started playing guitar at the age of 13 and soon became obsessed with the instrument and music in general. To quote Engelke, "I listened to everything that was around. From Yes to Genesis, from T Rex to Mott the Hoople, from Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin. My favorite band was - and in some concerns still is - Rainbow. I really liked the mixture of heavy rock guitars with strong vocal melodies and powerful drums." The young musician was a fan of both Uli Jon Roth (then Ulrich Roth) and Michael Schenker so his early guitar preferences were the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Flying V.In 1996, Engelke was in a car accident breaking both arms. It took him approximately five months to recover and regain his playing skills, delaying the recording and mixing of Fair Warning's "Live and More".On August 11, 2012, Helge married long time girlfriend Olatz Ibarlucea in Llodio, Pais Vasco, Spain.

Herman Frank

Herman Frank (born 20 January 1959) is a German heavy metal guitarist best known for his work with Accept and Victory. In 2009, he released his first solo album called Loyal to None. Frank has also recorded with Hazzard, Sinner, Moon'Doc, Saeko, Thomsen and Poison Sun. As a record producer and engineer, he has worked for Saxon, Rose Tattoo, Crown of Creation, Molly Hatchet, gutworm, and several others.

Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, the Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Walsh was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup the Best.

Walsh has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists' recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".In the mid-1960s, after attending Kent State University, Walsh played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song "Funk #49" highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and singer. Roger Abramson, legendary concert producer and artist manager signed the James Gang to a management agreement with BPI in Cleveland. After the James Gang broke up in 1972, he formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had moved after leaving Ohio. While the band stayed together for three albums over three years, its works were marketed as Walsh solo projects. The last Barnstorm album, 1974's So What contained significant guest contributions from several members of the Eagles, a group that had recently hired Walsh's producer, Bill Szymczyk.

At Szymczyk's suggestion, Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the band's guitarist and keyboardist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. In 1998 a reader's poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track "Hotel California" by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time. Guitar World magazine listed it at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.Besides his work with his several bands, he has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include "Rocky Mountain Way", "Life's Been Good", "All Night Long", "A Life of Illusion" and "Ordinary Average Guy".

As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain one of the best-selling American bands in the history of popular music. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, who said, "He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I've loved his style since the early James Gang." Eric Clapton said that "He's one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don't listen to many records, but I listen to his." The Who's guitarist, Pete Townshend, said "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around."

Joe Walsh discography

Joe Walsh is an American musician. Known as a member of the rock band Eagles, Walsh is also a solo recording artist. His highest charting song is "A Life of Illusion", which reached number-one on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Space Age Whiz Kids (song)

Space Age Whiz Kids is a song by Joe Walsh, the guitarist for the Eagles. It was released as a lead single from his sixth studio solo album, You Bought It – You Name It, being Walsh's eleventh single.

Talk box

A talk box is an effects unit that allows musicians to modify the sound of a musical instrument by shaping the frequency content of the sound and to apply speech sounds (in the same way as singing) onto the sounds of the instrument. Typically, a talk box directs sound from the instrument into the musician's mouth by means of a plastic tube adjacent to their vocal microphone. The musician controls the modification of the instrument's sound by changing the shape of the mouth, "vocalizing" the instrument's output into a microphone.

The Confessor (album)

The Confessor is the seventh studio solo album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1985, on the labels Warner Bros. Records, and Full Moon Records. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning producer and sound engineer Keith Olsen as well as Walsh himself. The album peaked at number 65 on the Billboard 200.

There Goes the Neighborhood (album)

There Goes the Neighborhood is the fifth solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh, guitarist for the Eagles. The album was released in early 1981, on the record label Asylum, three years after Walsh's album But Seriously, Folks.... A commercial and critical success, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Walsh's solo work.

The album features contributions from two Eagles' members Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit as well as session musicians including Russ Kunkel, David Lindley, Bob Mayo, and Victor Feldman.

The album peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200. The album only spawned one single, "A Life of Illusion", which would become one of Walsh's most popular songs. The single also topped the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Told You So

Told You So may refer to:

Told You So (Sparkle album), 2000 album by singer Sparkle

Told You So (Christopher album), 2014 album by Danish singer Christopher

"Told You So" (Christopher song), title track from album above by Danish singer Christopher

"Told You So" (Miguel song), from his 2017 album War & Leisure

"Told You So" (Paramore song), from their 2017 album After Laughter

"Told You So", Joe Walsh song featuring Don Felder, from his 1983 album You Bought It – You Name It

"Told You So", Colette Carr song featuring Porcelain Black from Colette Carr 2013 album Skitszo

"Told You So", Depeche Mode song, from their 1983 album Construction Time Again

"Told You So", Drowning Pool song from their 2001 album Sinner

Victory (band)

Victory is a German heavy metal and hard rock band from Hanover, most successful in the 1980s. With extensive tours and radio airplay, the band also made a breakthrough in North America.

Waddy Wachtel

Robert "Waddy" Wachtel (born May 24, 1947) is an American musician, composer and record producer, most notable for his guitar work. Wachtel has worked as session musician for other artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards (guitarist of Keith's side-band The X-pensive Winos), The Rolling Stones (lead guitar on Saint Of Me), Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Iggy Pop, Warren Zevon, Bryan Ferry, Michael Sweet, Jackson Browne, and Andrew Gold, both in the studio and live.

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