Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

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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.[4]

The term "dancing school" has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.[5]

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
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Studio album by Warren Zevon
Released February 15, 1980
Recorded 1979
Studio The Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 35:31
Label Elektra
Producer Greg Ladanyi, Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon chronology
Excitable Boy
(1978)
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
(1980)
Stand in the Fire
(1980)
Singles from Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
  1. "A Certain Girl"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (positive)[3]

Track listing

All songs written by Warren Zevon, unless otherwise indicated.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School"   3:00
2. "A Certain Girl" Naomi Neville 3:08
3. "Jungle Work" Jorge Calderón, Zevon 3:58
4. "Empty-Handed Heart"   3:16
5. "Interlude No. 1"   0:26
6. "Play It All Night Long"   2:53
7. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter" Bruce Springsteen, Zevon 3:55
8. "Interlude No. 2"   1:08
9. "Bill Lee"   1:37
10. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"   2:47
11. "Bed of Coals" T-Bone Burnett, Zevon 5:04
12. "Wild Age"   4:19

Personnel

Additional personnel
Technical
  • Ernie Sheesley, Niko Bolas, Serge Reyes – engineers
  • Jimmy Wachtel – cover
  • George Gruel, Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis – photography

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 20

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "A Certain Girl" Billboard Pop Singles 57

References

  1. ^ Mark Deming. "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ "Warren Zevon: Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1980-03-06. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ "I'm no linguist, but I believe Warren Zevon may be the only man in the history of human communication to use the word brucellosis in a song" - David Letterman, quoted in the liner notes of the "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" anthology.
  5. ^ "dancing academy" in Jonathan Green, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd ed., 2006.

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