Warren Zevon: Bad Luck in Dancing School


On February 15, 1980,“Elektra” label released “Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School”, the fourth Warren Zevon studio album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Greg Ladanyi and Warren Zevon. The term “dancing school” was used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.


  • Warren Zevon– lead vocals, organ, synthesizer, bass, guitar, harmonica, piano, strings, keyboards
  • Jorge Calderón– guitar; backing vocals
  • Waddy Wachtel– lead guitar, guitar
  • Joe Walsh– lead guitar
  • David Lindley– lap steel, guitar
  • Don Felder– guitar
  • Jackson Browne– guitar, slide guitar; backing vocals
  • Ben Keith– pedal steel guitar
  • Leland Sklar– bass
  • Rick Marotta– vocals, drums, percussion, bells, Syndrums
  • The Sid Sharp Strings – strings
  • Linda Ronstadt– descant, backing vocals
  • Glenn Frey– harmony vocals
  • Don Henley– harmony vocals
  • D. Souther– backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Warren Zevon, except where noted

  1. Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
  2. A Certain Girl – Naomi Neville
  3. Jungle Work – Jorge Calderón, Warren Zevon
  4. Empty-Handed Heart
  5. Interlude No. 1
  6. Play It All Night Long
  7. Jeannie Needs a Shooter – Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon
  8. Interlude No. 2
  9. Bill Lee
  10. Gorilla, You’re a Desperado
  11. Bed of Coals – T-Bone Burnett, Warren Zevon
  12. Wild Age

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