Music: Tales from the Neon Netherworld

Warren Zevon sings of spies, ghosts and lost lovers

A few years back, just before his career heated up and Warren Zevon started turning out some of the spookiest, saddest and most startling songs in pop music, he was jamming at a friend's house and wondering why no one would let him play lead guitar.

"Well," teased his pal, Bassist LeRoy Marinell, "you get good ideas. But then you get too excited."

"Yeah," said Warren Zevon. "I'm an excitable boy."

He kept that exchange in mind.

Excitable Boy is the title of Zevon's new record, his second...

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