Crazy from the Heat

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Crazy from the Heat
Crazy from the Heat EP.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1985
GenrePop, jazz rock
LabelWarner Bros. Records
ProducerTed Templeman
David Lee Roth chronology
Crazy from the Heat
Eat 'Em and Smile

Crazy from the Heat is a 1985 EP by American rock musician 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.


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

Roth used the title of the EP for his 1997 autobiography, Crazy from the Heat.

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

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Easy Street"Dan Hartman3:45
2."Medley: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" (Arranged by Sam Butera)Irving Caesar, Leonello Casucci / Roger Graham, Spencer Williams4:39
Side two
1."California Girls"Brian Wilson, Mike Love2:50
2."Coconut Grove"John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky2:52




Year Chart Position
1985 Billboard 200 15


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