Life in the Fast Lane
|"Life in the Fast Lane"|
|Single by Eagles|
|from the album Hotel California|
|B-side||"The Last Resort"|
|Released||May 3, 1977|
|Writer(s)||Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley|
|Eagles singles chronology|
"Life in the Fast Lane" is a song written by Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley and recorded by the American rock band Eagles on their 1976 studio album Hotel California. It was the third single released from this album, and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It tells the story of a couple that takes their excessive lifestyle to the edge. On In the Studio with Redbeard, Glenn Frey revealed that the title came to him one day when he was riding on the freeway with a drug dealer known as "The Count". Frey asked the dealer to slow down and the response was, "What do you mean? It's life in the fast lane!" In that same interview, Frey indicated that the song's central riff was played by Walsh while the band was warming up in rehearsals and Walsh was told to "keep that, it's a song".
- Don Henley: Lead vocals, drums
- Glenn Frey: Clavinet, backing vocals
- Joe Walsh: Lead Guitar
- Don Felder: Rhythm guitar, Lead Guitar
- Randy Meisner: Bass guitar, backing vocals
Covers and references
Garth Brooks for the 2013 "Classic Rock" album in the "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" compilation.
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh plays the song on his solo tours.
The track "Livin' It Up" on Limp Bizkit's album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water samples the phrase life in the fast lane throughout. Frey, Henley, and Walsh are credited in the "lyrics by" portion of the liner notes.
The song was used as the soundtrack for the roller coaster Eagles-Life in the Fast Lane, opened at Hard Rock Park in May 2008. It was SBNO (Standing but not Operating), but reopened on May 23, 2009, as The Iron Horse.
The song is featured on the 1978 FM soundtrack.
In the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High a band covers the song at the graduation dance.
The country music group Williams Riley released their version of the song to country radio on August 23, 2010.