Ordinary Average Guy

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Ordinary Average Guy
Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Guy.jpg
Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released April 23, 1991
Recorded August, 1990
Length 47:44
Label Epic
Joe Walsh chronology
Welcome to the Club
Ordinary Average Guy
Songs for a Dying Planet

Ordinary Average Guy is the ninth solo studio album, and its title-track single (second on the playlist), by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1991. It was Walsh's first album of entirely new music since Got Any Gum? in 1987, and his first solo album to be issued internationally by Epic following a four-year alliance with Warner Bros. Records in the United States and Canada. The album features Ringo Starr, Survivor's lead vocalist Jimi Jamison, and the drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh's former band Barnstorm. Vitale also sings the lead vocals on the final track of the album, "School Days".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [1]

Writing for AllMusic, critic Vincent Jeffries wrote of the album "This collection of nostalgia, decent balladry, and quirky anthems probably reinforced any notions of Joe Walsh's creative decline... this reflective, sometimes half-hearted effort belies a weariness that's both sad and difficult to appreciate as this master goes through the motions."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Joe Walsh, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Two Sides to Every Story" (Rick Rosas, Walsh) 3:24
2. "Ordinary Average Guy" 4:12
3. "The Gamma Goochee" (John Mangiagli) 2:49
4. "All of a Sudden" (Jimi Jamison, Walsh) 4:56
5. "Alphabetical Order" (Joe Vitale, Walsh) 4:58
6. "Look at Us Now" (Jamison, Walsh) 4:55
7. "I'm Actin' Different" 4:31
8. "Up All Night" (Vitale, Walsh) 3:54
9. "You Might Need Somebody" (Nan O'Byrne, Tom Snow) 4:30
10. "Where I Grew up (Prelude to School Days)" 2:37
11. "School Days" (Vitale) 5:18




  • Producers: Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale
  • Executive producer: Scott Maclellan
  • Engineers: Jim Nipar, Dave Reynolds, Bill Szymczyk
  • Assistant engineers: Tim Ray, Jim Stabile, Johnny Walls
  • Mixing: Dave Reynolds
  • Mixing assistants: Tim Ray, Johnny Walls
  • Mastering: Vladimir Meller
  • Art direction: David Coleman
  • Photography: Patrick Cullie, Alan Messer


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 112

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "All of a Sudden" Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
"Ordinary Average Guy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, Vincent. "Ordinary Average Guy > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 

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