Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Awoo, Pete Yorn in London

According to billboard.com, Jackson Browne, Pete Yorn, Bob Dylan, the Pixies and others are recording Warren Zevon songs for an unpcoming tribute album called "Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon." First, that is an extremely advanced name for the album. Second, there has been some discussion at the Advancement Foundation about whether Mr. Zevon is advanced. I'm beginning to think he is. John Cale called him a master, the Pixies and Bob Dylan seem to like him, and he's had some good album titles, such as "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School," "Life'll Kill Ya," and
"Mr. Bad Example." Plus, he is loved by the critics, even though I really don't know that I've heard a song by him on the radio other than "Werewolves in London." (A side note: I once heard a DJ call him Warren "The Man" Zevon. I've never heard him called "The Man" in my life.)

Here's some more stuff I learned abou thim at allmusic.com:

He composed advertising jingles ealry in his career and played piano for the Everly Brothers. He made a concept record "inspired by science fiction's cyberpunk movement." David Letterman appeared on his album "My Ride's Here."

I think he must have been advanced, but I have to listen to more of his music. If anyone has anything to add to this discussion, I'd love to hear it.

1 comment:

CW said...

His father was a reputed mobster. Thomas McGuane once told Zevon he was the only one who could truly understand McGuane's novel "Panama."

His self-titled album featured his smiling face.

Selected lyrics include:

(4-Aminobiphenyl, hexachlorobenzene
Dimethyl sulfate, chloromethyl methylether
2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-
para-dioxin, carbon disulfide)

(Dibromochloropane, chlorinated
benzenes, 2-Nitropropane, pentachlorophenol,
Benzotrichloride, strontium chromate
1, 2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane)

From "Run Straight Down"

And from his opus to Southern Life "Play It All Night Long"...

Grandpa pissed his pants again
He don't give a damn
Brother Billy has both guns drawn
He ain't been right since Vietnam

"Sweet home Alabama"
Play that dead band's song
Turn those speakers up full blast
Play it all night long

Daddy's doing Sister Sally
Grandma's dying of cancer now
The cattle all have brucellosis
We'll get through somehow

And then there is the baseball connection "Bill Lee."

Let me know if you want to "borrow" any mp3s.