'Life's Been Good' - Joe Walsh


Writers: Joe Walsh

Producers: Bill Szymczyk

Recorded: Early 1978

Released: May 16th, 1978

Players: Joe Walsh -- vocals, guitar
Joey Murcia -- guitar
Jay Furgeson -- keyboards
Willie Weeks -- bass
Joe Vitale -- drums, percussion, synthesizer
Album: But Seriously, Folks... (Asylum, 1978)

Before going solo, singer-guitarist Joe Walsh found great success with both the James Gang and the Eagles. Walsh teamed with the Eagles in time for its watershed album Hotel California in 1976. The James Gang is best known for two fiery rockers, "Walk Away" and "Funk #49."

But Seriously, Folks... was Walsh's fifth solo album.

"Life's Been Good" took a humorous and self-effacing look at rock stardom. Lines like "I go to parties sometimes until four/It's hard to leave when you can't find the door" helped augment, if not cement, Walsh's image as an affable joker, slightly wasted and amused by the trappings of stardom.

Helped in large part by the popularity of "Life's Been Good," But Seriously, Folks... earned Walsh his first platinum disc.

One year after the release of But Seriously, Folks..., Walsh announced his bid for the 1980 presidential campaign. He promised free gas for the entire nation.