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YMMV / Warren Zevon


  • Covered Up: Zevon covered Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, Ernie K-Doe and (with his side project the Hindu Love Gods) Prince's "Raspberry Beret".
    • Linda Ronstadt had a hit with Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me".
      • The title track of her album Hasten Down the Wind is a Zevon cover.
    • As did Stevie Nicks with "Reconsider Me".
    • Dylan later repaid the favor by putting a whole bunch of Zevon songs on his regular set list.
    • The Grateful Dead frequently played "Werewolves of London" live between the late '70s and early '90s.
    • After his death, a bunch of artists made a tribute album titled Enjoy Every Sandwich, after a quote from his last appearance on Letterman. It includes covers by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Pete Yorn, The Wallflowers, his son Jordan, and a surprisingly good cover of "Werewolves of London" by Adam Sandler.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Excitable Boy". The title character rapes and kills his prom date, drives her corpse home afterward, is committed for 10 years, then when he's let out, digs up her grave and makes a cage with her bones.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The song titles. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado". "Hostage-O". "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down". "For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer".
    • "Lawyers, Guns, and Money"
    • "The Hula Hula Boys"
    • "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)"
    • During the VH-1 documentary on Zevon's bout with cancer, he was recording "Disorder in the House" with Bruce Springsteen. Bruce just ended a take with a blistering guitar solo. Warren's response? "My God. You really are him."
    • In Jackson Browne's eulogy for him, he relates an incident where Zevon was in an airport accidentally overdosing on a Chinese herbal remedy. His last thought before passing out: "Lord, don't let me die and have Jackson Browne write my eulogy."
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When he announced that he was dying from cancer, Zevon said that he just hoped he would live long enough to see the next James Bond movie. He did.
    • The song 'Boom Boom Mancini' about the boxer of the same name:
    "From Youngstown, Ohio came Boom Boom Mancini
    A lightweight contender,
    Like father, like son.
    He fought for the title with Frias in Vegas,
    And put him away,
    In round number one."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: When Warren was diagnosed with lung cancer and told he had months to live he started recording a final album and called in every favor he was owed. That is how you get Bruce Springsteen to play guitar and Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Petty to do background vocals on your album. The full list of all the people who performed is here.
    • It's said that while he wasn't nearly as famous as folks like Springsteen, Warren Zevon was a friend or associate of damn near everyone in the business. When you know you're dying of cancer and you've got half of rock music's legends in your address book, it makes sense to start calling in final favors.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: After his diagnosis, songs like "My Ride's Here", about a last ride in a hearse, "Don't Let Us Get Sick", and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" took on a whole new, terrifyingly sad meaning. In addition to that, the third to last album he released was entitled Life'll Kill Ya. Holy crap.
    • Don't forget "My Shit's Fucked Up". (Which, fittingly, was on Life'll Kill Ya.)
    • Also, the title track mentions dying of the "awful, awful diseases." He died of pleural mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung).
    • "The Factory" includes the lines "Kickin' asbestos in the factory" and "Breathin' that plastic in the factory."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: From "Disorder in the House":
    "I just got my paycheck, I'm gonna paint the whole town gray
    Whether it's a night in Paris, or a Fresno matinee."
    • The song was released about a year before Paris Hilton's sex tape. It wins extra hilarity points for being the exact reference Warren would've made.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The narrator and title character of "Mr. Bad Example".
  • Sampled Up: Kid Rock used the "Werewolves of London" riff for "All Summer Long".
    • Raised to funny by the fact that Kid Rock also used, and mentioned in the lyrics, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", which Warren had previously ripped in "Play It All Night Long".
  • Signature Song: "Werewolves of London"
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Warren was hired to write several of these for a Tales from the Crypt episode called "King of the Road". One of them, "Roll with the Punches", appears on the album I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

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