Crazy from the Heat

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This article is about the David Lee Roth EP. For his autobiography of the same name, see Crazy from the Heat (book).
Crazy from the Heat
EP by David Lee Roth
Released January 28, 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Hard rock, Jazz Rock
Length 14:06
Label Warner Bros. Records
25222
Producer Ted Templeman
David Lee Roth chronology
Crazy from the Heat
(1985)
Eat 'Em and Smile
(1986)

Crazy from the Heat is a 1985 EP by David Lee Roth. His debut solo release, it was issued while Roth was still the lead singer for Van Halen.

Background[edit]

All four songs on the EP are cover versions. Roth's version of the Beach Boys hit "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was the same position that the Beach Boys original rendition reached twenty years prior.

The song "Easy Street" is originally by The Edgar Winter Group, and "Coconut Grove" is a cover of a tune by The Lovin' Spoonful. The medley of "Just a Gigolo" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" is also based on Louis Prima's 1956 medley of the two songs.

According to album's liner notes, the cover picture of Roth was shot in the Seychelle Islands.

In 1997, using the same title, Roth published Crazy from the Heat, his autobiography.

The last lyric in the chorus of the song "Goin' Crazy" from Roth's 1986 album Eat 'Em and Smile is taken from the name of this EP.

Crazy from the Heat is certified platinum by the RIAA, having sold over one million in the US.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Easy Street" (Dan Hartman) – 3:45
  2. "Medley: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" (Irving Caesar, Leonello Casucci) (Roger Graham, Spencer Williams) – 4:39
  3. "California Girls" (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) – 2:50
  4. "Coconut Grove" (John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky) – 2:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 15

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "California Girls" Adult Contemporary 29
1985 "California Girls" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1985 "California Girls" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1985 "Easy Street" Mainstream Rock Tracks 14
1985 "Medley: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
1985 "Medley: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" The Billboard Hot 100 12