Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947–September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician noted for including his sometimes sardonic opinions of life in his musical lyrics, composing songs that were sometimes humorous and often had political or historical themes.
Zevon’s work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His best-known compositions include “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Johnny Strikes Up The Band,” all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978).
In 1987, Zevon returned after a five year absence with the album “Sentimental Hygeine” for Virgin Records. The album included Berry, Buck and Mills from R.E.M. serving as the core of Zevon’s studio band. The release, hailed as his best since Excitable Boy, featured a thicker rock sound and taut, often humorous songs like “Detox Mansion,” “Bad Karma” (which featured R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe on backup vocals), and “Reconsider Me.”
The single “Leave My Monkey Alone” received a 10 minute + remix by Larry Fergusson and two Latin Rascals mixes for the 12″ single.
Leave My Monkey Alone (Extended) 10:31
Leave My Monkey Alone (Latin Rascals Edit) 5:45
Leave My Monkey Alone (Latin Rascals Dub) 5:51