1980 Warren Zevon – Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on February 15, 1980, by Elektra Records. Three singles were released from the album, one of which charted: “A Certain Girl” (a cover of a song previously recorded by Ernie K-Doe and The Yardbirds) reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Zevon’s second and final hit on that chart.

“Play It All Night Long” is a commentary on those who listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, whom Zevon supposes only listen to the song because country life is so intolerable. It is probably the only popular song ever written which contains a reference to brucellosis.

The term “dancing school” has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century

Tracks

1  Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (Warren Zevon) 3:01
A Certain Girl(Naomi Neville) 3:08
3  Jungle Work (Warren Zevon, Jorge Calderon) 3:59
4  Empty-Handed Heart (Warren Zevon) 3:16
5  Interlude No. 1 (Warren Zevon) 0:26
6  Play It All Night Long (Warren Zevon) 2:53
7  Jeannie Needs A Shooter (Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen) 3:55
8  Interlude No. 2 (Warren Zevon) 1:08
9  Bill Lee (Warren Zevon) 1:37
10  Gorilla, You’re A Desperado (Warren Zevon) 2:48
11  Bed Of Coals (Warren Zevon, T-Bone Burnett) 5:04
12  Wild Age (Warren Zevon) 4:19

Musicians

1 Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWarren Zevon
Lap SteelDavid Lindley
StringsWarren Zevon
VocalsWarren Zevon


2 A Certain Girl

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
GuitarDon Felder
GuitarJorge Calderon
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsRick Marotta
VocalsWarren Zevon


3 Jungle Work

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarJoe Walsh
GuitarWarren Zevon
SynthesizerWarren Zevon
Background VocalsJorge Calderon
Background VocalsRick Marotta
VocalsWarren Zevon


4 Empty-Handed Heart

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon
StringsWarren Zevon
VocalsWarren Zevon
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 Interlude No. 1

StringsWarren Zevon


6 Play It All Night Long

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Lindley
Lap SteelDavid Lindley
SynthesizerWarren Zevon
Background VocalsJackson Browne
VocalsWarren Zevon


7 Jeannie Needs A Shooter

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Joe Walsh
GuitarWarren Zevon
StringsWarren Zevon
PercussionRick Marotta
VocalsWarren Zevon


8 Interlude No. 2

StringsWarren Zevon


9 Bill Lee

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
HarmonicaWarren Zevon
PianoWarren Zevon
Background VocalsGlenn Frey
VocalsWarren Zevon


10 Gorilla, You’re A Desperado

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarJackson Browne
SynthesizerWarren Zevon
VocalsWarren Zevon


11 Bed Of Coals

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Keith
OrganWarren Zevon
PianoWarren Zevon
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt
VocalsWarren Zevon


12 Wild Age

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Lindley
PianoWarren Zevon
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsGlenn Frey
VocalsWarren Zevon

Liner Notes

Producer – Greg Ladanyi, Warren Zevon
Engineer (Assistant) – Ernie Sheesley, Niko Bolas, Serge Reyes
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Recorded By – Greg Ladanyi, Jim Nipar

Cover – Jimmy Wachtel
Photography By – Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis
Photography By (Sleeve) – George Gruel

Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Recorded At – The Sound Factory
Mixed At – The Sound Factory
Mixed At – Record One, Los Angeles
Mastered At – A&M Studios
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix – △233
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Published By – Zevon Music
Published By – Unart Music Corp.
Published By – Bruce Springsteen
Published By – Black Tent Music