Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

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Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Studio album by Warren Zevon
Released February 15, 1980 (February 15, 1980)
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 35:31
Label Elektra
Producer Greg Ladanyi
Warren Zevon
Waddy Wachtel
Warren Zevon chronology
Excitable Boy
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Stand in the Fire
Singles from Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
  1. "A Certain Girl"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School is the fourth album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released in 1980.

"Play It All Night Long" is a satire of/homage Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". It is probably the only popular song ever written which contains a reference to brucellosis.

The term "dancing school" has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Warren Zevon, unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" – 3:00
  2. "A Certain Girl" (Naomi Neville) – 3:08
  3. "Jungle Work" (Jorge Calderón, Zevon) – 3:58
  4. "Empty-Handed Heart" – 3:16
  5. "Interlude No. 1" – 0:26
  6. "Play It All Night Long" – 2:53
  7. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter" (Bruce Springsteen, Zevon) – 3:55
  8. "Interlude No. 2" – 1:08
  9. "Bill Lee" – 1:37
  10. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado" – 2:47
  11. "Bed of Coals" (T-Bone Burnett, Zevon) – 5:04
  12. "Wild Age" – 4:19


Additional personnel[edit]

Producers - Greg Ladanyi, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 20


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "A Certain Girl" Billboard Pop Singles 57


  1. ^ "dancing academy" in Jonathan Green, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd ed., 2006.