Sentimental Hygiene

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Sentimental Hygiene
Studio album by Warren Zevon
Released August 29, 1987 (1987-08-29)
Recorded 1987 at Record One and A&M Studios, Cheshire Sound, Atlanta
Genre Rock, hard rock, alternative rock, folk rock
Length 36:49
Language English
Label Virgin
Producer Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
Warren Zevon chronology
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon
Sentimental Hygiene
Transverse City
Singles from Sentimental Hygiene
  1. "Sentimental Hygiene"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
  2. "Boom Boom Mancini"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
  3. "Reconsider Me"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
  4. "Detox Mansion"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
  5. "Bad Karma"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
  6. "Leave My Monkey Alone"
    Released: 1987 (1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Sentimental Hygiene is the sixth studio album by rock singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released in 1987. The release of Sentimental Hygiene marked the first studio album for Zevon in five years. It produced the single "Reconsider Me", as well as the dance single "Leave My Monkey Alone".

"Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" was used as the opening theme music for the short-lived Fox comedy series Action. The song was also composed by Peter Buck, Bill Berry, and Mike Mills, three band members of R.E.M. who also completed an album with Zevon under the name Hindu Love Gods. Michael Stipe also appears on this album providing vocals and harmony on the song "Bad Karma." The album is notable for the unusual inclusion of Bob Dylan in the role of back-up musician, playing harmonica on "The Factory".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon, except where indicated.

  1. "Sentimental Hygiene" – 5:06
  2. "Boom Boom Mancini" – 4:54
  3. "The Factory" – 2:45
  4. "Trouble Waiting to Happen" (J. D. Souther, Zevon) – 3:32
  5. "Reconsider Me" – 3:09
  6. "Detox Mansion" (Jorge Calderón, Zevon) – 3:15
  7. "Bad Karma" – 3:15
  8. "Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Zevon) – 3:26
  9. "The Heartache" – 3:19
  10. "Leave My Monkey Alone" – 4:12

A re-release of the album adds two bonus tracks:

  1. "Nocturne" (an instrumental outtake)
  2. "Leave My Monkey Alone" (Spanish Version)



  • Producer: Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
  • Engineer: Duncan Aldrich, Niko Bolas, Richard Bosworth
  • Assistant Engineer: Richard Cottrell, Richard Landers, Bob Levy, Mark McKenna, Dan Nash, Bob Vogt
  • Mixing: Niko Bolas, Larry Ferguson, Shelly Yakus
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Arranger: Niko Bolas, George Clinton, Larry Ferguson
  • Emulator: Warren Zevon
  • Programming: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Computers: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Art Direction: Jeff Aycroff
  • Cover Photo: Herb Ritts

Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 63[citation needed]
Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Leave My Monkey Alone" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 18[citation needed]
1987 "Sentimental Hygiene" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mark Deming. "Sentimental Hygiene - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]