Pod Dylan #153 – Dylan and Zevon

POD DYLAN

Episode 153 – Dylan and Zevon

On the occasion of what would have been his 74th birthday on January 24, Rob welcomes back fellow Bobcat Harry Hew to discuss the long standing musical relationship between Bob Dylan and the late, great Warren Zevon.

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2 responses to “Pod Dylan #153 – Dylan and Zevon

  1. Great episode and discussion, guys! I had no idea there was as much crossover between Dylan and Zevon as there is, so this was very fun to discover.

    I came to Warren Zevon during my Freshman year of college in just about the most absurd way imaginable. The University of Iowa’s theater department sponsored this weekly gig called No Shame Theater on Friday nights, where undergrad students could perform original plays, scenes, monologues, whatever as long as they were under five minutes. It was a way to showcase original writers and actors; basically the theatre equivalent of an open mic night for musicians or standup comedians.

    Anyway, a couple of my friends called me Friday afternoon, desperate because they needed me to “run tech” for their No Shame entry. The writer/star, Andy, starts a monologue when he starts to hear the song “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and he just stares off in the distance listening to the song. Slowly, one by one, his friends walk onto stage to try and snap him out of this fugue, but in turn, each one is mesmerized by the song until by the end they’re all lip-synching with the song. My *job* as techie was playing the pressing play and pause on the CD player from off-stage at key parts in the “scene”. Since it was crucial, allegedly, that the audience not know where the music is coming from (or why), I had to stay hidden behind the curtain, and couldn’t really see what was going on, and probably missed a cue or two. But I did sneak a glance at the audience by the end of the song, quick enough to see that, hoo-boy, they were NOT enjoying this… whatever Andy was attempting to do.

    After that, we went back to Andy’s place to drink away his shame (ironic, given the name of the venue). As he complained about the audience not getting it, I kept asking him about the song until he got annoyed and handed em his copy of EXCITABLE BOY. Thus did my Warren Zevon education begin.

    You guys name-dropped a lot of my favorite songs on this episode but here they are anyway:

    1. “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me”
    2. “Lawyers, Gun, and Money”
    3. “Werewolves of London” – I had heard this song before college, naturally.
    4. “Dirty Life and Times”
    5. “El Amor De Mi Vida”
    6. “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”
    7. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
    8. “Jeannie Needs a Shooter”
    9. “Detox Mansion”
    10. “The Factory”

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