Sentimental Hygiene

Sentimental Hygiene is the sixth studio album by rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on August 29, 1987, by Virgin Records. The release of Sentimental Hygiene marked the first studio album for Zevon in five years. It produced the single "Reconsider Me", as well as the dance single "Leave My Monkey Alone".

Sentimental Hygiene
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 1987 (1987-08-29)
StudioRecord One, Los Angeles, California; A&M Studios, Hollywood, California; Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
GenreRock, hard rock, alternative rock, folk rock
ProducerWarren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
Warren Zevon chronology
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon
Sentimental Hygiene
Transverse City
Singles from Sentimental Hygiene
  1. "Sentimental Hygiene"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Boom Boom Mancini"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Reconsider Me"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Detox Mansion"
    Released: 1987
  5. "Bad Karma"
    Released: 1987
  6. "Leave My Monkey Alone"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]

The single version of "Leave My Monkey Alone" was extended to 10:34 minutes and included a remix by the Latin Rascals (Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran) and the non-album track, "Nocturne".[5]

"Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" was used as the opening theme music for the short-lived Fox comedy series Action. The song was composed by Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills, all members of R.E.M. backing up Zevon on this album, who also recorded an album with Zevon under the name Hindu Love Gods. Michael Stipe also of R.E.M., appears on the album providing vocals and harmony on the song "Bad Karma". The album features contributions by Bob Dylan and Neil Young; the former playing harmonica on "The Factory" and the latter lead guitar on the title track.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon, except where indicated.

Side one
1."Sentimental Hygiene" 5:06
2."Boom Boom Mancini" 4:54
3."The Factory" 2:45
4."Trouble Waiting to Happen"J. D. Souther, Zevon3:32
5."Reconsider Me" 3:09
Side two
6."Detox Mansion"Jorge Calderón, Zevon3:15
7."Bad Karma" 3:15
8."Even a Dog Can Shake Hands"Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Zevon3:26
9."The Heartache" 3:19
10."Leave My Monkey Alone" 4:12



  • Producer: Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater
  • Engineer: Duncan Aldrich, Niko Bolas, Richard Bosworth
  • Assistant Engineer: Richard Cottrell, Richard Landers, Bob Levy, Mark McKenna, Dan Nash, Bob Vogt
  • Mixing: Niko Bolas, Larry Ferguson, Shelly Yakus
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Arranger: Niko Bolas, George Clinton, Larry Ferguson
  • Emulator: Warren Zevon
  • Programming and computers: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Art Direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Margo Chase
  • Cover Photo: Herb Ritts


Sales chart performance for Sentimental Hygiene
Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 42


  1. Mark Deming. "Sentimental Hygiene – Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  2. "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  3. Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. "Warren Zevon: Sentimental Hygiene : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". July 16, 1987. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  6. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 348. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.