Crazy from the Heat

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Crazy from the Heat
Crazy from the Heat EP.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1985
Recorded1984
GenrePop, jazz rock
Length14:06
LabelWarner Bros.
25222
ProducerTed Templeman
David Lee Roth chronology
Crazy from the Heat
(1985)
Eat 'Em and Smile
(1986)

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 more than one million copies in the United States.

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

Background[edit]

Crazy from the Heat consists of cover versions of songs of a 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" is based on Louis Prima's 1956 medley combining two pre-World War II songs. This version peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, supported by a well-received music video. Roth's version of the well-known Beach Boys' hit "California Girls" peaked at number 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."California Girls"Brian Wilson, Mike Love2:50
2."Coconut Grove"John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky2:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[4] 14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 91
US Billboard 200[7] 15

Singles

Year Title Chart Position
1985 "California Girls" US Adult Contemporary[8] 29
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 3
"Easy Street" US Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 14
"Medley: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" US Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau
  3. ^ Rolling Stone
  4. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0517". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – David Lee Roth – Crazy from the Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200: March 16, 1985". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "David Lee Roth Chart History: Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b "David Lee Roth Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b c "David Lee Roth Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved October 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Templeman, Ted; Renoff, Greg (2020). Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life In Music. Toronto: ECW Press. pp. 368–72, 384–6. ISBN 9781770414839. OCLC 1121143123.