Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on February 15, 1980, by Elektra Records. Three singles were released from the album, one of which charted: "A Certain Girl" (a cover of a song previously recorded by Ernie K-Doe and The Yardbirds) reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Zevon's second and final hit on that chart.
"Play It All Night Long" is a commentary on those who listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", whom Zevon supposes only listen to the song because country life is so intolerable.
The term "dancing school" has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.
The album was dedicated to Ken Millar (1915–1983), a friend of Zevon's who was better known for writing mystery novels under the name Ross Macdonald.
All songs written by Warren Zevon, unless otherwise indicated.
|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|
- Warren Zevon – organ, synthesizer, bass guitar, guitar, harmonica, piano, strings, keyboards, vocals
- Jorge Calderón – guitar on "A Certain Girl"; backing vocals on "Jungle Work"
- David Lindley – lap steel on "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" and "Play It All Night Long"; guitar on "Wild Age"
- Rick Marotta – percussion, drums, vocals, bells, Syndrums
- Additional personnel
- Ernie Sheesley, Niko Bolas, Serge Reyes – engineers
- Jimmy Wachtel – cover
- George Gruel, Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis – photography
||Billboard Pop Albums
||"A Certain Girl"
||Billboard Pop Singles