HINDU LOVE GODS Hindu Love Gods (1990) + “Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight” (Debut 45, 1986) Afterhours with Warren Zevon & R.E.M.

Hindu Love Gods (1986/1990)
After Hours With Zevon & REM
…Plus The Long Lost Debut 45

This one-off, after-hours jam from W
arren Zevon and REM (sans Michael Stipe) has made the rounds online for years. But, I recently came across the collective’s previous 45 in my collection and figured I’d post it for those that haven’t heard it. As you probably know, during the making of Sentimental Hygiene (still my favorite Zevon), Warren and three-fourths of REM (Peter Buck, Bill Berry & Mike Mills) jammed together on a bunch of, mostly, blues oldies. The result is more drunken frat than earthy blues and, according to legend, takes as long to listen to as it did to record. Their very cool, REM-esque cover of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” which stripped the paisley to reveal the tune’s rock essence, got most of the attention. Probably because this album, never intended for release, contained no original material from WZ or REM. The Hindu’s debut 45, released in 1986 (before the LP’s 1987 recording and 1990 release), did contain an REM tune, “Narrator,” but the 45 is not available in any other format. The back cover says Zevon is not shown, but if you look close you can see his cut-off face on the far left. The full album is at Amazon, HERE.

Walkin’ Blues (4:15) (Robert Johnson)
Traveling Riverside Blues (4:03) (Robert Johnson)
Raspberry Beret (3:54) (Prince)
Crosscut Saw (3:06) (Fred Ingrahm/Bill Sanders)
Junko Partner (2:41) (Bob Shad)
Mannish Boy (6:58) (Bo Diddley/Melvin London/Muddy Waters)
Wang Dang Doodle (3:51) (Willie Dixon)
Battleship Chains (3:08) (Terry Anderson)
I’m A One Woman Man (2:18) (Tillman Franks/Johnny Horton)
Vigilante Man (2:55) (Woody Guthrie)
Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight (3:31) (George Young/Harry Vanda)
Narrator (2:24) (Bill Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe)


  • Capt. Willard
    October 31, 2010 - 19:15 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Ben
    January 27, 2011 - 04:44 | Permalink

    Hell yes. Thanks for including the 45. I couldn't find it on any of my usual torrent sites, which is rare.

  • December 16, 2011 - 15:16 | Permalink

    I’m not familiar with Bryan Cook’s work as a member of Athens bands Oh-OK and Time Toy, but that isn’t Zevon singing on the 45, so I always figured it was Cook. (Of course, it could be Buck or Mills, for all I know.)

  • shadoobie
    December 16, 2011 - 15:18 | Permalink

    Raspberry Beret is my favorite cover of all-time. Great stuff thanks for the 45!!

  • December 17, 2011 - 07:42 | Permalink

    One of my fave Zevon projects…just for the sheer garage rock of it. A good listen for those musicians looking to learn to play with abandon.

  • December 20, 2011 - 01:45 | Permalink

    Thanks for this, didn’t even know about the single’s existence!

  • Psyclist
    October 9, 2012 - 19:39 | Permalink

    Didn’t know the 7:, so that’s a great addition. Thx Mr. Worm!

  • Andy Martz
    July 13, 2013 - 01:29 | Permalink

    Hi Willard

    Amazing site you have here.

    I’ve been looking for the Hindu Love Gods ’45 for years, very surprised to find it here. Sadly the download link doesn’t seem to work, could you re-upload it? Thanks heaps, in advance.



    • Willard
      July 13, 2013 - 09:27 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

      • Lewis Davie
        July 22, 2013 - 14:46 | Permalink

        Like Andy, I too have been searching for this for years. You, sir, have made my day!

        – Lewis D.

  • Anonymous
    January 17, 2014 - 14:34 | Permalink

    many tanx! Looking forward to this listening.

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