Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene (music video)

I picked up a vinyl copy of Warren Zevon’s Sentimental Hygiene the other day. What a great album! I had no idea. The album is populated by a who’s who of late 80s rock and roll. OK, maybe that’s exaggerating. But R.E.M. acts as his core backing band on most tracks, with the great Waddy Wachtel on a number of tracks, plus Don Henley, Bob Dylan, and many others making appearances, too.

The title track brings Zevon, Watchtel, R.E.M., and Neil Young together. Turns out there was a video for it, too. I have no memory of seeing it on MTV, and I watched a lot of MTV. But I may have seen it, and simply disregarded it. I wouldn’t have recognized Neil when it was released (I was 16, and a Neil neophyte), and I didn’t know Warren, except for “Werewolves of London”, which I had seen in Color of Money when it was released in 1986. But the present day me recognized immediately that the Neil accents and solos are awesome, and distinctively Neil. I actually screamed out “Fuck, yes!” when I dropped the needle on side one and “Sentimental Hygiene” began. Neil and Warren together. Loudly. Dreams do come true.

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