Crazy from the Heat

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Crazy from the Heat
Crazy from the Heat EP.jpg
EP by David Lee Roth
Released January 28, 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop, 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 recording, it was released while Roth was still lead singer for Van Halen, though he parted ways with the band several weeks later and launched a solo career. The EP is certified platinum by the RIAA, having sold over one million copies in the United States.

Background[edit]

The entirety of Crazy from the Heat consists of cover versions of songs of decidedly dissimilar style from Roth's previous work with Van Halen. The song "Easy Street" was originally recorded by The Edgar Winter Group, while "Coconut Grove" was originally recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful. The medley of "Just a Gigolo" and "I Ain't Got Nobody", perhaps the EP's best-known song, is based on Louis Prima's 1956 medley combining two pre-World War II songs. Roth's version of the well-known Beach Boys' hit "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the same position that the Beach Boys' original rendition reached 20 years prior.

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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

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;) (Arrangement: Sam Butera) – 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 Billboard 200 15

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "California Girls" Adult Contemporary 29
1985 "California Girls" 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

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