|Song by Warren Zevon|
|from the album Warren Zevon|
"Mohammed's Radio" is a song by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The song was released on his 1976 album Warren Zevon. The song was featured on A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon and several other Greatest Hits-type albums by Zevon. Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are also featured on this recording. Other notable musicians such as Bobby Keys, Bob Glaub, and Waddy Wachtel are also featured on it.
By one telling the title of the song was inspired by a Halloween parade Zevon witnessed in Aspen Colorado in 1973 but by another telling Zevon just liked the sound of the two words together.
In any case, the song has multiple levels of meaning, starting with the redemptive power of rock music, but extending to notions of escapism, cultural mixing, mysticism, and whether rationalities exist below the surface level of society. It features some of Zevon's trademark mordant irony. By another e interpretation it is a negative portrayal of life in Los Angeles.
Music critic John Rockwell devotes pages to the song - both the Zevon original and the Ronstadt rendition - in his contribution to the Greil Marcus-edited 1979 collection of essays Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island, where among other things Rockwell describes it as "an artistic breakthrough" for Ronstadt.
- Warren Zevon - Vocals, Piano
- Stevie Nicks - Backing Vocals
- Lindsey Buckingham - Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Bobby Keys - Saxophone
- Bob Glaub - Bass Guitar
- Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
- David Lindley - Lap Steel Guitar
- Larry Zack - Drums, Percussion
- All Music Group, Warren Zevon (album)
- All Music Group, Mohammed's Radio (song)
- George Plaskeyes, Warren Zevon: Desperatiado of Los Angeles, p. 30.
- John Rockwell, "Living ing in the U.S.A.", in Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island, ed. Greil Marcus (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), pp. 215-18
- New Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1982, p. 570.
- Scott L. Baugh, Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends, p. 174
- Dave Marsh and James Bernard, New Book of Rock Lists, p. 164