January 24: The great late Warren Zevon was born in 1947

All the salty margaritas in Los Angeles
I’m gonna drink ’em upAnd 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
~Warren Zevon (Desperados Under the Eaves)

Few of rock & roll’s great misanthropes were as talented, as charming, or as committed to their cynicism as Warren Zevon.
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

Live in Passaic NJ, 1982 (The Full Concert):

BF: Who are some of your favorite songwriters?
Bob Dylan: Buffett I guess. Lightfoot. Warren Zevon. Randy. John Prine. Guy Clark. Those kinds of writers.
~Bob Dylan (to Huffington Post – May 2009)

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January 18: Warren Zevon released Excitable Boy in 1978

“The further these songs get from Ronstadtland, the more I like them. The four that exorcise male psychoses by mock celebration are positively addictive, the two uncomplicated rockers do the job, and two of the purely “serious” songs get by. But no one has yet been able to explain to me what “accidentally like a martyr” might mean–answers dependent on the term “Dylanesque” are not acceptable–and I have no doubt that that’s the image Linda will home in on. After all, is she going to cover the one about the headless gunner? A-”
– Robert Christgau

Excitable Boy is the third album by Warren Zevon, it was released in 1978. It includes the top 40 success “Werewolves of London”. The album brought Warren to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released during 2007.

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Classic Bootleg: The Offender Meets the Pretender (Warren Zevon with Jackson Browne)

The Offender Meets the Pretender is a widely-bootlegged Dutch radio program featuring songs by, and interviews with, Warren Zevon alongside his friend and colleague Jackson Browne. The recordings are from Zevon’s first tour in 1976/77, shortly after the release of his self-titled second album, which included guest appearances in the middle of Jackson Browne’s concerts.
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  • Live at the VPRO Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands; December 8, 1976
  • Live at RAI Congrescentrum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; December 9, 1976

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Watch Warren Zevon’s Awesome Performance of “My Shit’s Fucked Up” @ Later.. With Jools Holland in 2000

On May 14, 2000 …Zevon appeared as a musical guest on the long-running BBC TV music variety series Later . . . with Jools Holland, where he performed a deep track from the new album—the frank, foreboding, and funny “My Shit’s Fucked Up.”

Shadowy and sparse musically and visually, the lurking live rendition of “My Shit’s Fucked Up” is unequivocally one of Zevon’s most captivating solo performances, electric or acoustic; one that would ironically accumulate significant emotional consequence. The song, the album, and Zevon’s peripheral performance became prophetic, unknowingly setting a haunting tone for his next three years and records.
-George Plasketes (Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles)

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Listen: Warren Zevon @ Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA – April 22, 1980

…. this performance captures a classic Warren Zevon show, when many believe he was at the height of his creative prowess. Near the start of the show, Zevon steps up to the microphone and exclaims: “It’s great to be back in Philadelphia… And it’s great to be in a rock and roll band!” Then, he launches into a blistering version of his hit, “Excitable Boy,” with all the bravado of a pool hall punk. A song about a high school age sociopath’s murderous prom night, this is a prime example of Zevon’s extremely macabre outlook. Later in the show, he reminds the audience: “This is one of the best audiences I have ever seen; I may go berserk!”
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Tower Theater
Philadelphia, PA
April 22, 1980

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Listen: Warren Zevon – Classic Concert @ Auditorium le Plateau (Montreal, Quebec) – July 30, 1978

This performance, recorded in 1978 after the release of Excitable Boy, captures that pivotal moment in time, just as Zevon was riding up the hit single charts with “Werewolves of London.” His band is a bit ragged and Zevon’s vocals are certainly an acquired taste, but his spirit and performance more than makes up for any weaknesses. Fans of that breakthrough album will be delighted here, as that material weighs heavy in this performance.
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Auditorium le Plateau
Montreal, Quebec
July 30, 1978

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