Excitable Boy

Excitable Boy

by Warren Zevon


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Warren Zevon's self-titled 1976 album announced he was one of the most striking talents to emerge from the Los Angeles soft rock singer/songwriter community, and Linda Ronstadt (a shrewd judge of talent if a sometimes questionable interpreter) recorded three of its songs on two of her biggest-selling albums, which doubtlessly earned Zevon bigger royalty checks than the album itself ever did. But if Warren Zevon was an impressive calling card, the follow-up, Excitable Boy, was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, "Werewolves of London," and a trio of turntable hits ("Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," "Lawyers, Guns and Money," and the title track). But while Excitable Boy won Zevon the larger audience his music certainly deserved, the truth is it was a markedly inferior album; while it had all the bile of Warren Zevon, and significantly raised Zevon's dark-humor factor, it was often obvious where his previous album had been subtle, and while all 11 tracks on Warren Zevon were strong and compelling, two of the nine tunes on Excitable Boy -- "Johnny Strike Up the Band" and "Nighttime in the Switching Yard" -- sound like they're just taking up space. Musically, most of Excitable Boy is stuck in a polished but unexceptional FM pop groove, and only "Veracruz" hints at the artful intelligence of Warren Zevon's finest moments. It's hard to say if Zevon was feeling uninspired or just dumbing himself down when he made Excitable Boy, but while it made him famous, it lacks the smarts and substance of his best work.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596052122
catalogNumber: 118
Rank: 333

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Karla Bonoff   Vocals,Harmony
Jackson Browne   Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Harmony
Jennifer Warnes   Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Vocals,Spanish Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
John McVie   Bass
Luis Damian   Jarana
Kenny Edwards   Bass,Harmony
Gentlemen Boys   Vocals
Arthur Gerst   Harp,Mexican Harp
Bob Glaub   Bass
Jim Horn   Recorder,Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Percussion
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Greg Ladanyi   Bells
Rick Marotta   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
J.D. Souther   Vocals,Harmony
Manuel Vasquez   Requinto
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer,Harmony
Linda Warnes   Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Manuel Vasquez   Contributor
Waddy Wachtel   Producer,Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer,Producer

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Excitable Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think the reviewer for BN.com knew what he was talking about. This is in no way inferior to Warren's self-titled album. "Excitable Boy" showcases the many weird, interesting, sentimental, diverse, and witty sides he was as a songwriter and performer. To go from the silly "Werewolves..." to the heart-wrenching "Accidentally Like A Martyr" back-to-back is genius. Every song on here is classic Zevon.
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