Warren Zevon

Excitable Boy

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The American psycho as portrayed in Warren Zevon's "Excitable Boy," the title track from his 1978 breakthrough album, is one of his patented grisly stories set to a jaunty little pop tune. Admittedly, Linda Ronstadt's and Jennifer Warnes' "woo-ah-ooing" all over the place tempers the blow, but few aside from Zevon could've gotten over the line, "And he raped her and killed her, then he took her home" without committing career suicide. Thats OK, Zevon was on a real-life path toward self-destruction. Around the time of the album's release, he told his friend Paul Nelson in the Rolling Stone interview, "I thought my days were numbered in fractions." Luckily, they weren't, and "Excitable Boy" lives on as a classic album track from late-'70s FM radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Excitable Boy 1978 Elektra / Asylum 2:40
No Image 1982 Sony Music Distribution
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon 1986 Elektra / Asylum 2:39
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) 1996 Rhino 2:41
Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon 2002 Rhino 2:39
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:03
The Best of Warren Zevon Elektra / Rhino 2:43