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(YouTube)   Today would have been Warren Zevon's 67th birthday. He taught us to enjoy every sandwich and live life to the fullest, and he also warned us of the dangers of Lawyers, Guns, & Money   (youtube.com) divider line 43
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2014-01-24 08:05:31 AM
Actually, wasn't he a proponent of lawyers, guns, and money, as least when the shiat hits the fan?
 
2014-01-24 08:27:43 AM
I got a chance to work with Warren Zevon a few times. Or rather, I was part of clubs that he played at, and the interactions of a semi-regular act and the house is about as close as it got. But the thing that struck me, was that when he rolled in, he came in his own car. He drove to his own gigs by himself. He unloaded his gear, and if he had folks on stage with him, they came on their own power as well. No huge train of folks, plus ones, or the usual bullsh*t. He came in, he asked to get a cheeseburger most times before a show, and one for afterward, and then he packed his gear back in his car, and drove off. No weird ego, no tantrums, just a professional, and he saved the emotion for the crowd. We got to know him a bit better at the Iron Horse--he came through enough times, and our engineer and he used to sit and talk a bit while things got set up, and he still drove to his gigs, unpacked his gear, and had a few quiet moments after the show to grab a bite before getting on the road again. All that mess that Jackson Brown used to whine about? Zevon embraced, and just did. He wasn't always the most giving person to his fans--he was polite and even reserved, but with a lot of self deprecation, and that spoke volumes. His heyday had passed when we got his gigs, but he put out some great tunes, and he played the Hells out of his songs, and had new material on a regular basis, and it wasn't always flashy, it was often introspective, and we always looked forward to him coming in, because he represented that consummate professionalism that folks in the business respect the heck out of.
 
2014-01-24 08:59:25 AM
Just want to say I listened to him play at the Trade Winds in Sea Bright New Jersey a few months before he died... from a bar stool about 10 feet from him.

/the man was one of a kind
 
2014-01-24 09:08:57 AM
hubiestubert:  BBOWWART (big block of well worth a read text)

I hadn't heard a story like that from someone who knew him but I can certainly see it.  There've been quite a few people who's music I listened to growing up who've died in the past decade or so.   I don't think any hit me as hard as Warren's did.  The world needs more people like him, not fewer.
 
2014-01-24 09:16:57 AM
His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.
 
2014-01-24 09:26:00 AM
he was an excitable boy (they all said).

RIP WZ
 
2014-01-24 09:29:16 AM
An amazing musician and person. His final guest appearances on Letterman are some of the finest music related television ever produced.
 
2014-01-24 09:29:30 AM
...and his hair was perfect.
 
2014-01-24 09:39:46 AM

darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.


One of the best bios books I've ever read.
 
2014-01-24 09:40:27 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKHFWpaTUmY

One of the most powerful renditions of this song I've ever heard...
 
2014-01-24 09:54:01 AM
I was fortunate enough to see him in Ft. Myers FL for a little gig he did in a club inside a strip mall, very small venue.  Hunter S. Thompson was in the crowd taking in the show, I would have never noticed him but Warren gave a shout out to him and they had a small conversation about Hunter kidnapping him and forcing him to play music for an entire weekend at Woody Creek.  That was a great night.
 
2014-01-24 09:56:08 AM

darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.


I think anyone who's heard "Play It All Night Long" gets a feeling for how mean-spirited he could be.

Still love Zevon and his body of work.
 
2014-01-24 10:01:09 AM
keep him in your heart for awhile today
 
2014-01-24 10:02:03 AM
I was lucky enough to see Zevon play this and Werewolves of London at a Hunter Thompson tribute. That was a weird night.
 
2014-01-24 10:02:47 AM
 
2014-01-24 10:17:09 AM

John Buck 41: darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.

One of the best bios books I've ever read.


I agree - I had a hard time putting it down.  It was not a pretty story but it was about as real as it gets.
 
2014-01-24 10:35:01 AM
I'm sad that I didn't discover his music until after he died. Never got the chance to see him live.

I'm happy that my 11-year-old daughter seems to like his stuff as much as I do. She's learned "Lawyers, Guns and Money" on the guitar.
 
2014-01-24 10:55:03 AM
"In his final season, on his final night
Buddy and a Finn goon were pegged for a fight
Thirty seconds left, the puck took a roll
And suddenly Buddy had a shot on goal

The goalie committed, Buddy picked his spot
Twenty years of waiting went into that shot
The fans jumped up, the Finn jumped too
And coldcocked Buddy on his follow through
The big man crumbled but he felt all right
'Cause the last thing he saw
was the flashing red light
He saw that heavenly light"
 
2014-01-24 11:46:05 AM
I think the most essential Zevon song of all has to be "Desperadoes Under the Eaves", which might as well have been his autobiography., that tale of creating beauty under extremely dismal circumstances, the hum of the air conditioner turning into a symphony. It's just one of those songs where if it comes on, I have to stop everything and give it my full attention.

/and if California slides into the ocean
//as the mystics and statistics say it will
///i predict this motel will be standing
////until I pay my bill
 
2014-01-24 11:56:16 AM
 
2014-01-24 12:30:56 PM
Awooooooooooo.....

/werewolves of london
 
2014-01-24 12:32:13 PM

hubiestubert: I got a chance to work with Warren Zevon a few times. Or rather, I was part of clubs that he played at, and the interactions of a semi-regular act and the house is about as close as it got. But the thing that struck me, was that when he rolled in, he came in his own car. He drove to his own gigs by himself. He unloaded his gear, and if he had folks on stage with him, they came on their own power as well. No huge train of folks, plus ones, or the usual bullsh*t. He came in, he asked to get a cheeseburger most times before a show, and one for afterward, and then he packed his gear back in his car, and drove off. No weird ego, no tantrums, just a professional, and he saved the emotion for the crowd. We got to know him a bit better at the Iron Horse--he came through enough times, and our engineer and he used to sit and talk a bit while things got set up, and he still drove to his gigs, unpacked his gear, and had a few quiet moments after the show to grab a bite before getting on the road again. All that mess that Jackson Brown used to whine about? Zevon embraced, and just did. He wasn't always the most giving person to his fans--he was polite and even reserved, but with a lot of self deprecation, and that spoke volumes. His heyday had passed when we got his gigs, but he put out some great tunes, and he played the Hells out of his songs, and had new material on a regular basis, and it wasn't always flashy, it was often introspective, and we always looked forward to him coming in, because he represented that consummate professionalism that folks in the business respect the heck out of.


Chuck Berry was the same way. He drove into town, played and drove off into the night for the next gig.
 
2014-01-24 12:32:53 PM
I saw him live many years ago at our college. I think he came in sober, but he chugged vodka all the way through the performance. I adored him, thought he was a genius.....then after he was dead I read that book. I have a thing about crazy people.....I don't adore them. Sing it, Warren--but don't get too close to me, OK?
 
2014-01-24 12:37:13 PM
www.biography.com

R.I.P. Warren Zevon
 
2014-01-24 01:39:36 PM
Everyone loves his rockers (*standing to be counted*) but the man was a first-class balladeer.

Since Desperados... has already been mentioned, I'll just leave my second-favorite Zevon ballad (which is also one of the saddest songs every recorded) The Indifference of Heaven (sfw)

Also...check out his two live albums Stand In The Fire and the album from which the above was plucked (the solo acoustic "Learning To Flinch").

Among the best live albums ever released, sez me.

Thanks for the great art you left behind, Warren. Just wish the cost of that art wasn't so high for those you were around (or yourself).
 
2014-01-24 02:13:16 PM
 
2014-01-24 02:14:16 PM
"Roland The Headless Thomson Gunner"   The best song about a ghostly mercenary soldier seeking revenge ever written.
 
2014-01-24 02:26:52 PM
"improbable and grotesque mischief"
 
2014-01-24 02:42:11 PM
If we're posting songs here's (IIRC) Letterman's favorite Zevon song: Hasten Down The Wind
 
2014-01-24 04:17:54 PM
How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?
 
2014-01-24 04:26:01 PM
much respect.

last time I saw him it was in San Diego in the mid 80s.   hubiestubert describes my experience.  Polite and no part arrogant -- killed on stage without jumping around or trying to do the splits.
 
2014-01-24 05:35:40 PM
I learned a lot about werewolves from him
 
2014-01-24 06:24:01 PM

jake_lex: I think the most essential Zevon song of all has to be "Desperadoes Under the Eaves", which might as well have been his autobiography., that tale of creating beauty under extremely dismal circumstances, the hum of the air conditioner turning into a symphony. It's just one of those songs where if it comes on, I have to stop everything and give it my full attention.

/and if California slides into the ocean
//as the mystics and statistics say it will
///i predict this motel will be standing
////until I pay my bill


The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.

/he once told Letterman that he couldn't play it on the Late Show because he'd need an orchestra, but the reality was it was just too close to the bone to play live.
 
2014-01-24 06:43:05 PM

Dwight_Yeast: The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.


If you're referring to Desperados..., that was actually recorded in 1975 and released on what he felt was his proper debut album* back in 1976 (the eponymous album.)

Perhaps you're thinking of "Keep Me In Your Heart"?

In case you haven't seen  it here's a documentary made about the making of his final album The Wind which was recorded while his health was in terminal decline.

sfw  (if not for tearducts)
 
2014-01-24 07:41:00 PM
Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
2014-01-24 07:56:43 PM

"Bill Lee"

You're supposed to sit on your ass and nod at stupid things
Man, that's hard to do
And if you don't, they'll screw you
And if you do, they'll screw you, too

When I'm standing in the middle of the diamond all alone
I always play to win
When it comes to skin and bone

And sometimes I say things I shouldn't
Like....
And sometimes I say things I shouldn't
Like....

 
2014-01-24 08:40:09 PM

darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.


I read that, and he really was an ass to a lot of those closest to him. But damn, as an artist he was genius. Worrier King off of Learning to Flinch is one of my favorites
 
2014-01-24 09:15:33 PM

Sinbox: Dwight_Yeast: The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.

If you're referring to Desperados..., that was actually recorded in 1975 and released on what he felt was his proper debut album* back in 1976 (the eponymous album.)


I was thinking of "Desperadoes", but I forgot how late into the 1970s Warren Zevon came out after his first album.  He'd had six years of bouncing around Hollywood, working sessions and gigs between the two.
 
2014-01-24 09:20:09 PM

Dwight_Yeast: The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.


I apologize. I thoroughly misread "career" as...well...something other than "career":
 
2014-01-24 10:17:15 PM

One that is special to me--'Tenderness On The Block'

Link
 
2014-01-24 10:42:32 PM
his music seemed rather mundane generally

average tunes for average folks

/nothin wrong with that
 
2014-01-24 11:38:32 PM
I always liked the riff for L G and M.

He released some good songs and some lyrics that were wonderful.

Find the Zevon/Letterman stuff on Youtube, very well done.
 
2014-01-25 12:58:52 AM

davynelson: his music seemed rather mundane generally

average tunes for average folks

/nothin wrong with that


I'll take your opinion in a "psychedelic" fashion.
 
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