Thursday, October 11, 2012

"A Certain Girl" by Warren Zevon

Song#:  0080
Date:  03/08/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  57
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Most folks probably know only one Warren Zevon song - "Werewolves of London." That 1978 song hit #21 and basically became his signature tune. His themed songs, sometimes humorous, garnered him a lot of fans in the music biz and by the time he released his self-titled major label debut album, the contributors list was like of who's who of SoCal rock - Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt among them. In addition, Jackson Browne was the producer. Although he never reached the heights of his contemporaries, he remained a popular cult musical figure celebrated by those who knew and understood his talent. David Letterman was one of them and Zevon was a frequent guest on the show. This song was his second and only other chart song of his career. Zevon died in 2003 from a form of lung cancer.

ReduxReview:  Zevon's brand of storytelling is not really my thing, but I will say that this bluesy rock jam is a good one. And the whole "what's her name...awwww..." is stupidly catchy. This is a case where a catchy tune with a little humor thrown in works well.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) After his cancer diagnosis (which was terminal), David Letterman had Zevon on his show as the only guest for the hour where he performed and talked about his life. He's famous now for giving the advice "enjoy every sandwich" to the audience.  2)  Zevon's final album called "The Wind" was released a few months prior to his death and it went on to win two posthumous Grammy awards.


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