Everybody's Crazy

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Everybody's Crazy
Michael-bolton-album-cover-everybodys-crazy.jpg
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released March 1985
Recorded 1984-85
Genre AOR,[1] glam metal, pop rock
Length 37:12
Label Columbia
Producer Neil Kernon
Randy Goodrum (track 6 only)
Michael Bolton chronology
Michael Bolton
(1983)
Everybody's Crazy
(1985)
The Hunger
(1987)

Everybody's Crazy is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. The melodic hard rock album was released in 1985 by Columbia Records.

The lead guitarist on the album is Bruce Kulick, later of KISS fame. The title track was a minor hit on hard rock radio stations, and was also featured in the 1986 movie Back to School. It was reissued overseas in the mid-1990s with a then-current photo on the cover. The album was reissued on February 25, 2008 by Rock Candy Records, UK on CD with a 12-page full colour booklet with original and new artwork.

Given the contrast in musical style between this album and the majority of Bolton's later (and more successful) musical output, songs from the album rarely appear on Bolton compilations. Interestingly, however, the title track was included on Bolton's entry in the Playlist series of Greatest Hits compilations.[2]

Background[edit]

Producer Neil Kernon described how he became involved with the album: "Well, I got a call from Michael's manager asking me if I'd be interested. I'd heard "Fools Game" [from his previous album, Michael Bolton] and liked that, so we met and hit it off straight away. Michael was one of the funniest people I've ever met." Kernon also said that later on, Bolton didn't want to re-release Everybody's Crazy or his self titled 1983 album on CD for fear of confusing and alienating fans of his later adult contemporary music.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1/5 stars[4]

Reactions to this album have been extremely mixed.

In their retrospective review, AllMusic criticized Everybody's Crazy for muting Bolton's distinctive vocals, remarking that "much of the time he seemed to be fighting to be heard, and when he was, all he had was a mouthful of cliches to offer."[4]

However, many other sources have hailed the album as one of the finest AOR-based/melodic hard rock releases from the 1980s.[1][3][5] The album has an average rating of 88/100 on the hard rock/AOR database Heavy Harmonies.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Save Our Love" Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold 4:05
2. "Everybody's Crazy" Bolton 4:42
3. "Can't Turn It Off" Bolton, Mangold 3:58
4. "Call My Name" Bolton, Mark Radice 4:14
5. "Everytime" Bolton, Mangold 3:45
6. "Desperate Heart" Bolton, Randy Goodrum 3:59
7. "Start Breaking My Heart" Bolton, Radice 4:34
8. "You Don't Want Me Bad Enough" Bolton 3:49
9. "Don't Tell Me It's Over" Bolton, Jan Mullaney 4:00
Total length: 37:12

Note that "Desperate Heart" is NOT the same song as the one recorded by the band Rainbow, which included drummer Chuck Burgi.

Personnel[edit]

Credits per.[6]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director Producer Production Company Label Personnel Featured In
1985 "Everybody's Crazy"(Michael Bolton) Wayne Isham Curt Marvis The New Company CBS/Columbia Michael Bolton (vocals), Kevin Reyes (guitar), (bass), (drums) MTV standard rotation 1985-1987, Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 movie 'Back to School', and MTV's Beavis & Butthead Episode 142 "Green Thumbs" October 11, 1995

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