Saturday Spins: Warren Zevon

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley

Christopher is a lawyer from NEPA, aka, Pennsultucky, He is an avid baseball fan, audiophile, and dog owner. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife and daughters, reading, listening to music, watching baseball (except the Yankees) and writing. If you wish to send him a positive missive, any errata concerning albums, or requests regarding albums: saturdayspins32 at gmail dot com

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  1. Zevon was also good friends with Carl Hiaasen. They collaborated on the song Basket Case, featured in Hiassen’s novel of the same name.


  2. You know how when you learn a new word or a new fact for the first time, you always see it at least once more?

    Well, today I was reading about Wilson (because Princeton is delisting him), and learned for the first time that he’d sent the military to occupy Veracruz.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I saw him in concert, back in 1996.

    He’s got so very many different kinds of songs that when I say “my favorite Warren Zevon song”, I immediately think of three and then have to say “well, this is my favorite sentimental song of his” and “this is my favorite snarky song of his” or “this is my favorite upbeat song of his”.

    My favorite sentimental song of his is this one. (That’s Linda Ronstadt!)


  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    My favorite sentimental one is Desperados Under the Eaves

    And if California slides into the ocean /
    Like the mystics and statistics say it will /
    I predict this motel will be standing /
    Until I pay my bill

    Some of the best lyrics ever written. But then again, at the peak of the song, the height of Zevon’s grandeur, in place of lyrics, there’s just humming. Oh, he was such a great songwriter. I’ve said it before, I’d put him on par with Bob Dylan. They both deliver as much as possible, as short and simple as possible.Report

  5. Avatar Swami says:

    One of the greatest albums ever. My old convertible has one of the last factory-installed cassette decks and and I love to play this cassette on my way to and from the beach in the AM. The second side of the home recorded tape is the almost equally good Bring The Family by John Hiatt. Thanks for the song by song review.Report

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