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Sentimental Hygiene is an album by rock singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released on August 29, 1987. 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".

"Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" was used as the opening theme music for the short-lived FOX comedy series Action. The song was also composed by Peter Buck, Bill Berry, and Mike Mills, three band members of R.E.M. who also completed an album with Zevon under the name Hindu Love Gods. Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M., also appears on this album providing vocals and harmony on the song "Bad Karma".

Track listing[]

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon; except where indicated

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

A re-release of the album adds two bonus tracks:



  • Producer: Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, Andrew Slater, Waddy Wachtel
  • 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: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Computers: Willie Alexander, Brian Bell
  • Art Direction: Jeff Aycroff
  • Cover Photo: Herb Ritts



Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 63


Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Leave My Monkey Alone" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 18
1987 "Sentimental Hygiene" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9

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