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"'''Hotel California'''" is the title track from the [[Eagles (band)|Eagles]]' [[Hotel California (Eagles album)|album of the same name]] and was released as a single in February 1977.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Dodd |first1=Philip |author-link1=Philip Dodd (author) |last2=Du Noyer |first2=Paul |author-link2=Paul Du Noyer |date=1999 |title=The Encyclopedia of Singles |url= |location= |publisher=Paragon |page=89 |isbn=0752533371}}</ref> Writing credits for the song are shared by [[Don Felder]] (music), [[Don Henley]], and [[Glenn Frey]] (lyrics). The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of [[electric guitar]] interplay between Felder and [[Joe Walsh]].
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'''Hotel California''' is the title track from the [[Eagles (band)|Eagles]]' [[Hotel California (Eagles album)|album of the same name]] and was released as a single in February 1977.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Dodd |first1=Philip |author-link1=Philip Dodd (author) |last2=Du Noyer |first2=Paul |author-link2=Paul Du Noyer |date=1999 |title=The Encyclopedia of Singles |url= |location= |publisher=Paragon |page=89 |isbn=0752533371}}</ref> Writing credits for the song are shared by [[Don Felder]] music, [[Don Henley]], and [[Glenn Frey]] lyrics. The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of [[electric guitar]] interplay between Felder and [[Joe Walsh]].
   
The song is considered the most famous recording of the band, and its long [[guitar coda]] has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.<ref name="bbc"/><ref name="guitarist"/> The song was awarded the [[Grammy Award for Record of the Year]] in [[20th Annual Grammy Awards|1978]].<ref name="billboard 2014" /> The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves described the song as their "interpretation of the high life in [[Los Angeles]]".<ref name=":0">[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/the-eagles-hotel-california-20110525 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time]</ref> In the 2013 documentary ''[[History of the Eagles]]'', Henley said that the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience... that's all..."<ref name=":1">{{cite AV media |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194326/ |title=History of the Eagles |date=2013|time=1:27:50–1:28:10 }}</ref>
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The song is considered the most famous recording of the band, and its long [[guitar coda]] has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.<ref name="bbc"/><ref name="guitarist"/> The song was awarded the [[Grammy Award for Record of the Year]] in [[20th Annual Grammy Awards|1978]].<ref name="billboard 2014" /> The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves described the song as their "interpretation of the high life in [[Los Angeles]]".<ref name=":0">[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/the-eagles-hotel-california-20110525 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time]</ref> In the 2013 documentary ''[[History of the Eagles]]'', Henley said that the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience. that's all."<ref name=":1">{{cite AV media |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194326/ |title=History of the Eagles |date=2013|time=1:27:50–1:28:10 }}</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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}}</ref>}} Henley decided on the theme of Hotel California, noting how [[The Beverly Hills Hotel]] had become a literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time.<ref name="crowe"/> Henley said of their personal and professional experience in LA: "We were getting an extensive education, in life, in love, in business. [[Beverly Hills]] was still a mythical place to us. In that sense it became something of a symbol, and the 'Hotel' the locus of all that LA had come to mean for us. In a sentence, I'd sum it up as the end of the innocence, round one."<ref name="team rock"/>
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Henley decided on the theme of Hotel California, noting how [[The Beverly Hills Hotel]] had become a literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time.<ref name="crowe"/> Henley said of their personal and professional experience in LA: "We were getting an extensive education, in life, in love, in business. [[Beverly Hills]] was still a mythical place to us. In that sense it became something of a symbol, and the 'Hotel' the locus of all that LA had come to mean for us. In a sentence, I'd sum it up as the end of the innocence, round one."<ref name="team rock"/>
 
   
Frey came up with a cinematic scenario of a person who, tired from driving a long distance in a desert, saw a place for a rest and pulled in for the night, but entered "a weird world peopled by freaky characters", and became "quickly spooked by the claustrophobic feeling of being caught in a disturbing web from which he may never escape."<ref name="sullivan"/> In an interview with [[Cameron Crowe]], Frey said that he and Henley wanted the song "to open like an episode of the ''[[The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)|Twilight Zone]]''", and added: "We take this guy and make him like a character in ''[[The Magus (film)|The Magus]]'', where every time he walks through a door there’s a new version of reality. We wanted to write a song just like it was a movie."<ref name="crowe">{{cite web |url=http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/the-very-best-of-the-eagles/ |title= Conversations With Don Henley and Glenn Frey|author= Cameron Crowe |date=August 2003 |work= The Uncool}}</ref> Frey described the song in an interview with NBC's [[Bob Costas]] as a cinematic montage "just one shot to the next ... a picture of a guy on the highway, a picture of the hotel, the guy walks in, the door opens, strange people." Frey continued: "We decided to create something strange, just to see if we could do it."<ref name="bbc"/><ref name=costa>{{cite web |url=http://kioa.com/mornings/1992-glenn-frey-interview-with-bob-costas/|title=1992 Glenn Frey Interview with Bob Costas |date= January 19, 2016|work=KIOA }}</ref> Henley then wrote most of the lyrics based on Frey's idea, and sought inspiration for the writing by driving out into the desert as well as from films and theater.<ref name="crowe"/>
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Frey came up with a cinematic scenario of a person who, tired from driving a long distance in a desert, saw a place for a rest and pulled in for the night, but entered "a weird world peopled by freaky characters", and became "quickly spooked by the claustrophobic feeling of being caught in a disturbing web from which he may never escape."<ref name="sullivan"/> In an interview with [[Cameron Crowe]], Frey said that he and Henley wanted the song "to open like an episode of the ''[[The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)|Twilight Zone]]''", and added: "We take this guy and make him like a character in ''[[The Magus (film)|The Magus]]'', where every time he walks through a door there’s a new version of reality. We wanted to write a song just like it was a movie."<ref name="crowe">{{cite web |url=http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/the-very-best-of-the-eagles/ |title= Conversations With Don Henley and Glenn Frey|author= Cameron Crowe |date=August 2003 |work= The Uncool}}</ref> Frey described the song in an interview with NBC's [[Bob Costas]] as a cinematic montage "just one shot to the next a picture of a guy on the highway, a picture of the hotel, the guy walks in, the door opens, strange people." Frey continued: "We decided to create something strange, just to see if we could do it."<ref name="bbc"/><ref name=costa>{{cite web |url=http://kioa.com/mornings/1992-glenn-frey-interview-with-bob-costas/|title=1992 Glenn Frey Interview with Bob Costas |date= January 19, 2016|work=KIOA }}</ref> Henley then wrote most of the lyrics based on Frey's idea, and sought inspiration for the writing by driving out into the desert as well as from films and theater.<ref name="crowe"/>
   
Part of the lyrics, such as "Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes bends / She got a lot of pretty pretty boys she calls friends", are based on Henley's break-up with his girlfriend [[Loree Rodkin]].<ref name="sullivan"/><ref name="team rock">{{cite web |url=http://www.teamrock.com/features/2006-12-13/the-eagles-it-s-a-record-about-the-dark-underbelly-of-america |title=The Eagles: "It's A Record About The Dark Underbelly Of America" |first= Marc |last=Eliot |date = December 13, 2006 |work=Team Rock }}</ref> According to [[Glenn Frey]]'s liner notes for ''[[The Very Best Of (Eagles album)|The Very Best Of]]'', the use of the word "steely" in the lyric, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," was a playful nod to the band [[Steely Dan]], who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "[[Everything You Did]]".<ref name="linernotes">[http://www.glennfreyonline.com/eagles/verybest/linernotes.htm Liner Notes – The Very Best of the Eagles]</ref> Frey had also said that the writing of the song was inspired by the boldness of Steely Dan's lyrics and its willingness to go "out there",<ref name="crowe" /> and thought that the song they wrote had "achieved perfect ambiguity."<ref name=costa />
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Part of the lyrics, such as "Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes bends/She got a lot of pretty pretty boys she calls friends", are based on Henley's break-up with his girlfriend [[Loree Rodkin]].<ref name="sullivan"/><ref name="team rock">{{cite web |url=http://www.teamrock.com/features/2006-12-13/the-eagles-it-s-a-record-about-the-dark-underbelly-of-america |title=The Eagles: "It's A Record About The Dark Underbelly Of America" |first= Marc |last=Eliot |date = December 13, 2006 |work=Team Rock }}</ref> According to [[Glenn Frey]]'s liner notes for ''[[The Very Best Of (Eagles album)|The Very Best Of]]'', the use of the word "steely" in the lyric, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," was a playful nod to the band [[Steely Dan]], who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "[[Everything You Did]]".<ref name="linernotes">[http://www.glennfreyonline.com/eagles/verybest/linernotes.htm Liner Notes – The Very Best of the Eagles]</ref> Frey had also said that the writing of the song was inspired by the boldness of Steely Dan's lyrics and its willingness to go "out there",<ref name="crowe" /> and thought that the song they wrote had "achieved perfect ambiguity."<ref name=costa />
   
 
===Recordings===
 
===Recordings===
The Eagles recorded the track with Don Henley on lead vocal three different times, twice in Los Angeles and finally in Miami. They first recorded a riff, but when it came to recording the vocal, it was found to be in too high a key for Henley's voice, so Felder progressively lowered the key from E minor, eventually settling on B minor. The second recording however was judged too fast. In Miami the band fine-tuned the instrumentation and the lyrics, recorded several takes, and the best parts were then spliced together to create the released version.<ref name="bbc"/> According to the producer [[Bill Szymczyk]], there were 33 edits on the two‑inch master.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep10/articles/classic-tracks-0910.htm |title=The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ Classic Tracks|date=September 2010|author=Richard Buskin |work=Sound on Sound }}</ref> The final section features a guitar battle between [[Joe Walsh]] (who had replaced [[Bernie Leadon]] who left in 1975) and Felder, which took the two of them sitting together working for around three days to achieve the necessary precision.<ref name="sullivan"/> Walsh and Felder initially started improvising but Henley insisted that the recording should follow the music as first recorded in Felder's demo.<ref name="musicaradar">{{cite web |url= http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-don-felder-on-the-eagles-classic-song-hotel-california-557397 |title=Interview: Don Felder on The Eagles' classic song, Hotel California |author= Joe Bosso |date= August 21, 2012 |work=Musicradar}}</ref>
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The Eagles recorded the track with Don Henley on lead vocal three different times, twice in Los Angeles and finally in Miami. They first recorded a riff, but when it came to recording the vocal, it was found to be in too high a key for Henley's voice, so Felder progressively lowered the key from E minor, eventually settling on B minor. The second recording however was judged too fast. In Miami the band fine-tuned the instrumentation and the lyrics, recorded several takes, and the best parts were then spliced together to create the released version.<ref name="bbc"/> According to the producer [[Bill Szymczyk]], there were 33 edits on the two‑inch master.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep10/articles/classic-tracks-0910.htm |title=The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ Classic Tracks|date=September 2010|author=Richard Buskin |work=Sound on Sound }}</ref> The final section features a guitar battle between [[Joe Walsh]] (who had replaced [[Bernie Leadon]] who left in 1975) and Felder, which took the two of them sitting together working for around three days to achieve the necessary precision.<ref name="sullivan"/> Walsh and Felder initially started improvising but Henley insisted that the recording should follow the music as first recorded in Felder's demo.<ref name="musicaradar">{{cite web |url= http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-don-felder-on-the-eagles-classic-song-hotel-california-557397 |title=Interview: Don Felder on The Eagles' classic song, Hotel California |author= Joe Bosso |date= August 21, 2012 |work=Musicradar}}</ref>
   
Henley decided that the song should be a single, although Felder had doubts and the record company was reluctant to release it as a single because of the length of song which is over six minutes long, far exceeding the standard length of songs played by radio stations.<ref name="musicaradar"/><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/songlibrary/hotelcalifornia.shtml |title= 'Hotel California' – The Eagles |work=BBC }}</ref> The band took a stand and refused the label's request to shorten the song.<ref>{{cite book|first=Marc|last=Eliot|title=To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles|year=2004|publisher=[[Da Capo Press]]|isbn=978-0-3068-1398-6|page=131}}</ref> The song was released as the second single from the album after "[[New Kid in Town]]". The front cover art for some overseas editions of the [[45rpm single]] released was a reworked version of the [[Hotel California (Eagles album)|''Hotel California'' LP]] cover art, which used a photograph of the [[Beverly Hills Hotel]] by David Alexander, with design and art direction by [[Kosh (art director)|Kosh]].<ref>{{cite book |last=Ochs |first=Micheael |editor= |others= |title=1000 Record Covers |origyear= |month= |url= |edition= |series= |publisher=Taschen |isbn=3-8228-4085-8 |oclc= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= }}</ref>
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Henley decided that the song should be a single, although Felder had doubts and the record company was reluctant to release it as a single because of the length of song which is over six minutes long, far exceeding the standard length of songs played by radio stations.<ref name="musicaradar"/><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/songlibrary/hotelcalifornia.shtml |title= 'Hotel California' – The Eagles |work=BBC }}</ref> The band took a stand and refused the label's request to shorten the song.<ref>{{cite book|first=Marc|last=Eliot|title=To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles|year=2004|publisher=[[Da Capo Press]]|isbn=978-0-3068-1398-6|page=131}}</ref> The song was released as the second single from the album after "[[New Kid in Town]]". The front cover art for some overseas editions of the [[45rpm single]] released was a reworked version of the [[Hotel California (Eagles album)|''Hotel California'' LP]] cover art, which used a photograph of the [[Beverly Hills Hotel]] by David Alexander, with design and art direction by [[Kosh (art director)|Kosh]].<ref>{{cite book |last=Ochs |first=Micheael |editor= |others= |title=1000 Record Covers |origyear= |month= |url= |edition= |series= |publisher=Taschen |isbn=3-8228-4085-8 |oclc= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= }}</ref>
   
 
[[File:The Eagles in concert - 2010 Australia.jpg|thumb|The Eagles in concert performing Hotel California, [[Long Road Out of Eden Tour|2010 tour]] in Australia]]
 
[[File:The Eagles in concert - 2010 Australia.jpg|thumb|The Eagles in concert performing Hotel California, [[Long Road Out of Eden Tour|2010 tour]] in Australia]]
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{{quote|On just about every album we made, there was some kind of commentary on the music business, and on American culture in general. The hotel itself could be taken as a metaphor not only for the myth-making of Southern California, but for the myth-making that is the [[American Dream]], because it is a fine line between the American Dream, and the American nightmare.<ref>{{cite AV media |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194326/ |title=History of the Eagles |date=2013|time=1:30:50–1:31:10 }}</ref> }}
 
{{quote|On just about every album we made, there was some kind of commentary on the music business, and on American culture in general. The hotel itself could be taken as a metaphor not only for the myth-making of Southern California, but for the myth-making that is the [[American Dream]], because it is a fine line between the American Dream, and the American nightmare.<ref>{{cite AV media |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194326/ |title=History of the Eagles |date=2013|time=1:30:50–1:31:10 }}</ref> }}
   
In a 2009 interview, ''[[The Plain Dealer]]'' music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley if he regretted writing the lines "So I called up the captain / 'Please bring me my wine' / He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since 1969'" because wines are fermented while [[distilled spirits|spirits]] are distilled. Henley responded:
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In a 2009 interview, ''[[The Plain Dealer]]'' music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley if he regretted writing the lines "So I called up the captain/'Please bring me my wine'/He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since 1969'" because wines are fermented while [[distilled spirits|spirits]] are distilled. Henley responded:
   
 
{{quote|Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you're not the first to bring this to my attention — and you're not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the [[metaphor]]. Believe me, I've consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It's a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.<ref name="plain dealer"/>}}
 
{{quote|Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you're not the first to bring this to my attention — and you're not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the [[metaphor]]. Believe me, I've consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It's a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.<ref name="plain dealer"/>}}
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The metaphorical character of the story related in the lyrics has inspired a number of conjectural interpretations by listeners. In the 1980s some Christian evangelists alleged that "Hotel California" referred to a [[San Francisco]] hotel that was purchased by [[Anton LaVey]] and converted into his [[Church of Satan]].<ref>Denisoff, R. Serge; Schurk, William. ''Tarnished Gold: The Record Industry Revisited'' (1986): 407</ref><ref>Stoffels, Kenneth. "[https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M90VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XRIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6800,4903798&dq=satan+hotel-california&hl=en Minister Links Rock, Sympathy for the Devil]" ''The Milwaukee Sentinel'' September 28, 1982: 6</ref> Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the [[Camarillo State Mental Hospital]].<ref>Bishop, Greg. ''Weird California'' (2006): 228</ref>
 
The metaphorical character of the story related in the lyrics has inspired a number of conjectural interpretations by listeners. In the 1980s some Christian evangelists alleged that "Hotel California" referred to a [[San Francisco]] hotel that was purchased by [[Anton LaVey]] and converted into his [[Church of Satan]].<ref>Denisoff, R. Serge; Schurk, William. ''Tarnished Gold: The Record Industry Revisited'' (1986): 407</ref><ref>Stoffels, Kenneth. "[https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M90VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XRIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6800,4903798&dq=satan+hotel-california&hl=en Minister Links Rock, Sympathy for the Devil]" ''The Milwaukee Sentinel'' September 28, 1982: 6</ref> Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the [[Camarillo State Mental Hospital]].<ref>Bishop, Greg. ''Weird California'' (2006): 228</ref>
   
The term "colitas" in the first stanza ("warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air") has been interpreted as a sexual slang or a reference to marijuana.<ref name="songfacts"/> "Colitas" means "little tails" in [[Spanish language|Spanish]]; in Mexican slang it refers to buds of the [[Cannabis (drug)|cannabis]] (marijuana) plant.<ref>De Artega y Pereira, Fernando. ''Practical Spanish'' (1902): 243</ref><ref>Avant-Mier, Roberto. ''Rock the Nation: Latin/o Identities and the Latin Rock Diaspora'' (2010): 81–82</ref> According to Glenn Frey, the "warm smell" is "colitas...it means little tails, the very top of the plant."<ref>Ostler, Scott. "[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-02-05/sports/17477144_1_pebble-beach-golf-glenn-frey Rockin' 'Round the Round]" ''San Francisco Chronicle'' February 5, 2003</ref> The Eagles' manager [[Irving Azoff]] appears to lend support to the marijuana hypothesis,<ref>{{cite web |url= http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1053/in-the-song-hotel-california-what-does-colitas-mean |title=In the song "Hotel California," what does "colitas" mean? |date=August 15, 1997 |author=Cecil Adams |work=Straight Dop }}</ref> however, Felder said: "The colitas is a plant that grows in the desert that blooms at night, and it has this kind of pungent, almost funky smell. Don Henley came up with a lot of the lyrics for that song, and he came up with colitas."<ref name="songfacts"/>
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The term "colitas" in the first stanza ("warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air") has been interpreted as a sexual slang or a reference to marijuana.<ref name="songfacts"/> "Colitas" means "little tails" in [[Spanish language|Spanish]]; in Mexican slang it refers to buds of the [[Cannabis (drug)|cannabis]] (marijuana) plant.<ref>De Artega y Pereira, Fernando. ''Practical Spanish'' (1902): 243</ref><ref>Avant-Mier, Roberto. ''Rock the Nation: Latin/o Identities and the Latin Rock Diaspora'' (2010): 81–82</ref> According to Glenn Frey, the "warm smell" is "colitas. it means little tails, the very top of the plant."<ref>Ostler, Scott. "[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-02-05/sports/17477144_1_pebble-beach-golf-glenn-frey Rockin' 'Round the Round]" ''San Francisco Chronicle'' February 5, 2003</ref> The Eagles' manager [[Irving Azoff]] appears to lend support to the marijuana hypothesis,<ref>{{cite web |url= http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1053/in-the-song-hotel-california-what-does-colitas-mean |title=In the song "Hotel California," what does "colitas" mean? |date=August 15, 1997 |author=Cecil Adams |work=Straight Dop }}</ref> however, Felder said: "The colitas is a plant that grows in the desert that blooms at night, and it has this kind of pungent, almost funky smell. Don Henley came up with a lot of the lyrics for that song, and he came up with colitas."<ref name="songfacts"/>
   
 
Other interpretations of the songs include heroin addiction and cannibalism.<ref name="bbc">{{cite news |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35347075 |title=Glenn Frey: How Hotel California destroyed The Eagles|author= Mark Savage |work=BBC}}</ref> On the various interpretations, Henley said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce."<ref name="songfacts">{{cite web |url=http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1121 |title=Hotel California by Eagles |work=Song Facts }}</ref>
 
Other interpretations of the songs include heroin addiction and cannibalism.<ref name="bbc">{{cite news |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35347075 |title=Glenn Frey: How Hotel California destroyed The Eagles|author= Mark Savage |work=BBC}}</ref> On the various interpretations, Henley said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce."<ref name="songfacts">{{cite web |url=http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1121 |title=Hotel California by Eagles |work=Song Facts }}</ref>
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==Cover versions and parodies==
 
==Cover versions and parodies==
[[Al B. Sure!]] recorded his rendition for his album, ''[[Private Times...and the Whole 9!]]'' (1990).<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=JyhLAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Al+B.+Sure!%22+hotel-california+-wikipedia&dq=%22Al+B.+Sure!%22+hotel-california+-wikipedia&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif_8y5kvTJAhVY12MKHY3pCjIQ6AEIODAB Blues & Soul] (1990)</ref> [[Gipsy Kings]] recorded a [[flamenco]] version sung in Spanish,<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=v-ioAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA167&dq=%22Gipsy%20Kings%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&pg=PA167#v=onepage&q=%22Gipsy%20Kings%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&f=false ''Rock the Nation: Latin/o Identities and the Latin Rock Diaspora''] by Roberto Avant-Mier, p. 167.</ref> which was used in the soundtrack for the film ''[[The Big Lebowski]]''.<ref name=lebowski>{{cite web |url=http://www.laweekly.com/music/the-definitive-guide-to-the-music-of-the-big-lebowski-4168132 |title=The Definitive Guide To The Music of The Big Lebowski|date=March 7, 2013 |work=LA Weekly}}</ref> [[The Orb]], under the name of Jam On The Mutha produced a version which charted at No. 62 on the UK chart in 1990.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/26387/jam-on-the-mutha/ |title=Jam on the Muth |work=Official Charts Company }}</ref><ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandjazzmusic/3664688/The-song-that-wont-check-out.html |title=The song that won't check out |author=Thomas H Green|date= April 26, 2007 |work=Daily Telegraph }}</ref> [[Alabama 3]] covered the song for the album, ''[[La Peste (album)|La Peste]]'' (2000).<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=wikEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA54&dq=%22marilyn%20manson%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q=%22marilyn%20manson%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&f=false ''CMJ New Music Monthly''] (January 2001), p. 54.</ref> [[The Cat Empire]] recorded a version sung in French "L'hotel de Californie" for [[Triple J]]'s [[Like a Version]] segment, and is included in its 2005 compilation album as well as the band's 2003 live album ''[[On the Attack]]''.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://ppcorn.com/us/2015/12/24/five-best-covers-of-hotel-california/ |title=Five Best Covers of Hotel California |author=Air Owens |date= December 24, 2015|work=Popcorn}}</ref> [[The Killers]] and [[Rhythms del Mundo]] collaborated their version with [[Music of African Heritage in Cuba|Afro-Cuban music]] for the 2009 [[Artists' Project Earth]] charity, and it appeared on the album ''[[Rhythms del Mundo Classics]]''.<ref>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/6671926/The-Killers-Hotel-California.html "The Killers – Hotel California"] (December 2, 2009), ''The Telegraph''.</ref>
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[[Al B. Sure!]] recorded his rendition for his album, ''[[Private Times...and the Whole 9!|Private Times. and the Whole 9!]]'' (1990).<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=JyhLAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Al+B.+Sure!%22+hotel-california+-wikipedia&dq=%22Al+B.+Sure!%22+hotel-california+-wikipedia&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif_8y5kvTJAhVY12MKHY3pCjIQ6AEIODAB Blues & Soul] (1990)</ref> [[Gipsy Kings]] recorded a [[flamenco]] version sung in Spanish,<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=v-ioAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA167&dq=%22Gipsy%20Kings%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&pg=PA167#v=onepage&q=%22Gipsy%20Kings%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&f=false ''Rock the Nation: Latin/o Identities and the Latin Rock Diaspora''] by Roberto Avant-Mier, p. 167.</ref> which was used in the soundtrack for the film ''[[The Big Lebowski]]''.<ref name=lebowski>{{cite web |url=http://www.laweekly.com/music/the-definitive-guide-to-the-music-of-the-big-lebowski-4168132 |title=The Definitive Guide To The Music of The Big Lebowski|date=March 7, 2013 |work=LA Weekly}}</ref> [[The Orb]], under the name of Jam On The Mutha produced a version which charted at No. 62 on the UK chart in 1990.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/26387/jam-on-the-mutha/ |title=Jam on the Muth |work=Official Charts Company }}</ref><ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandjazzmusic/3664688/The-song-that-wont-check-out.html |title=The song that won't check out |author=Thomas H Green|date= April 26, 2007 |work=Daily Telegraph }}</ref> [[Alabama 3]] covered the song for the album, ''[[La Peste (album)|La Peste]]'' (2000).<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=wikEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA54&dq=%22marilyn%20manson%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q=%22marilyn%20manson%22%20hotel-california%20-wikipedia&f=false ''CMJ New Music Monthly''] (January 2001), p. 54.</ref> [[The Cat Empire]] recorded a version sung in French "L'hotel de Californie" for [[Triple J]]'s [[Like a Version]] segment, and is included in its 2005 compilation album as well as the band's 2003 live album ''[[On the Attack]]''.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://ppcorn.com/us/2015/12/24/five-best-covers-of-hotel-california/ |title=Five Best Covers of Hotel California |author=Air Owens |date= December 24, 2015|work=Popcorn}}</ref> [[The Killers]] and [[Rhythms del Mundo]] collaborated their version with [[Music of African Heritage in Cuba|Afro-Cuban music]] for the 2009 [[Artists' Project Earth]] charity, and it appeared on the album ''[[Rhythms del Mundo Classics]]''.<ref>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/6671926/The-Killers-Hotel-California.html "The Killers – Hotel California"] (December 2, 2009), ''The Telegraph''.</ref>
   
 
[[Frank Ocean]] released a version sampling the entire instrumental track of "Hotel California" with his own vocal and lyrics on his mixtape ''[[Nostalgia, Ultra]]'' (2011), entitled "American Wedding".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=ScqFpB4lJg4C&lpg=RA2-PA31&dq=%22Frank+Ocean%22+hotel-california&pg=RA2-PA31&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Frank%20Ocean%22%20hotel-california&f=false |work=Billboard |date= April 2–9, 2011|title=R&B Resurgence |page= 31}}</ref> However, it led to a threatened lawsuit from Don Henley for copyright infringement.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6106517/don-henley-frank-ocean-hotel-california-american-wedding |title=Don Henley Slams 'Arrogant' Frank Ocean for Using 'Hotel' Music |date=June 4, 2014 |author= Marc Schneider |work=Billboard}}</ref>
 
[[Frank Ocean]] released a version sampling the entire instrumental track of "Hotel California" with his own vocal and lyrics on his mixtape ''[[Nostalgia, Ultra]]'' (2011), entitled "American Wedding".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=ScqFpB4lJg4C&lpg=RA2-PA31&dq=%22Frank+Ocean%22+hotel-california&pg=RA2-PA31&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Frank%20Ocean%22%20hotel-california&f=false |work=Billboard |date= April 2–9, 2011|title=R&B Resurgence |page= 31}}</ref> However, it led to a threatened lawsuit from Don Henley for copyright infringement.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6106517/don-henley-frank-ocean-hotel-california-american-wedding |title=Don Henley Slams 'Arrogant' Frank Ocean for Using 'Hotel' Music |date=June 4, 2014 |author= Marc Schneider |work=Billboard}}</ref>
   
Mike Piranha recorded "Hotel Honolulu" in 1998, satirizing overdevelopment, crime, and other issues on [[Oahu]], which became a local hit in [[Hawaii]].<ref>{{cite news |title=Livin' it up with a parody of paradise: Mike Piranha's 'Hotel Honolulu' gets airplay and guffaws |publisher=Honolulu Star-Bulletin |date=June 8, 1998 |url=http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/06/08/features/story1.html |access-date=August 20, 2015}}</ref> The Romanian band [[Vama Veche (band)|Vama Veche]] recorded its version with different lyrics entitled "{{lang|ro|Hotel Cişmigiu}}", sung in its native language.<ref>[http://www.gandul.info/reportaj/hotel-cismigiu-la-100-de-ani-reinvierea-uneia-dintre-cele-mai-frumoase-cladiri-istorice-9495340 "HOTEL CIŞMIGIU la 100 de ani: reînvierea uneia dintre cele mai frumoase clădiri istorice"] (April 9, 2012), ''Gandul'' {{ro icon}}</ref>
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Mike Piranha recorded "Hotel Honolulu" in 1998, satirizing overdevelopment, crime, and other issues on [[Oahu]], which became a local hit in [[Hawaii]].<ref>{{cite news |title=Livin' it up with a parody of paradise: Mike Piranha's 'Hotel Honolulu' gets airplay and guffaws |publisher=Honolulu Star-Bulletin |date=June 8, 1998 |url=http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/06/08/features/story1.html |access-date=August 20, 2015}}</ref> The Romanian band [[Vama Veche (band)|Vama Veche]] recorded its version with different lyrics entitled "{{lang|ro|Hotel Cişmigiu}}", sung in its native language.<ref>[http://www.gandul.info/reportaj/hotel-cismigiu-la-100-de-ani-reinvierea-uneia-dintre-cele-mai-frumoase-cladiri-istorice-9495340 "HOTEL CIŞMIGIU la 100 de ani: reînvierea uneia dintre cele mai frumoase clădiri istorice"] (April 9, 2012), ''Gandul'' {{ro icon}}</ref> Nancy Sinatra recorded a cover version for her 2002 album "California Girl'' (Buena Vista Records)
Nancy Sinatra recorded a cover version for her 2002 album "California Girl'' (Buena Vista Records)
 
   
 
==Cultural influence==
 
==Cultural influence==
"Hotel California" and its lyrics have become absorbed into the wider culture around the world, and have been used by various writers and commentators to reflect on issues ranging from politics to social media and welfare,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhendrickson/2015/02/03/the-eus-nightmare-in-the-hotel-california/ |title=The EU's Nightmare In The 'Hotel California' |date= February 3, 2015 |author=Mark Hendrickson |work=Forbes }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://digiday.com/agencies/navigating-hotel-california-effect-social-platforms/ |title=Navigating the 'Hotel California' effect of social platforms |author=Victor Pineiro |date=April 17, 2015 |work=Digiday }}</ref><ref>{{cite journal |url=http://ejournals.duncker-humblot.de/doi/pdf/10.3790/vjh.75.3.186 |title=Leaving 'Hotel California': How Incentives Affect Flows of Benefit Recipients in the Netherlands |author=Jan C. Van Ours |journal=Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung|volume=75 |year=2006 |issue =3, S |pages= 186–207 }}</ref> or as an observation on a particular situation.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-11/news/mn-5553_1_hotel-california |title=States – Foreign Relations – Iraq Troops Check Out 'Hotel California' : Persian Gulf: West Coast Marines wait nervously in Kuwaiti desert camp as tension rises between U.S., Iraq |date=August 11, 1992|author=Mark Fineman |work= Los Angeles Times }}</ref><ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/business/worldbusiness/11iht-11facebook.9919316.html |title=On Facebook, leaving is hard to do |author=Maria Aspan |date=February 11, 2008 |work=The New York Times }}</ref> The lines "We are programmed to receive / You can check out any time you like / But you can never leave!" were used by an economist to refer to how the appeal of an attractive "Hotel California"-type host country to foreign investors may be countered by the cost of exit on leaving the country.<ref>{{cite web |title=Fancy a stay at the "Hotel California"? Foreign direct investment, taxation and exit costs |url= http://www.dnb.nl/binaries/sr096_tcm46-146873.pdf |author=Holger Görgh |date=2003 }}</ref> A term "The Hotel California Effect" was then used to refer to the negative effect of financial regulations on investment,<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/18cd68f6-7b21-11db-bf9b-0000779e2340.html|title=Time to change rules at Hotel California|author= Todd Malan |date=November 23, 2006 |work=Financial Times }}</ref> and the problems foreigner investors faced when getting their money out of China.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://news.alibaba.com/article/detail/knowledge/100898170-1-china-joint-ventures-hotel-california.html |title=China Joint Ventures And The Hotel California Effect.|date= May 22, 2013 |work=Alibaba }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://china-economics-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/china-and-hotel-california-effect-in.html |title=China and the Hotel California Effect in Banking |date=5 January 2009 |work=China Economics Blog}}</ref> It has also applied to other ideas such as leaving a service provider or social media network.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.channelnomics.com/channelnomics-us/analysis/2430686/walmart-disrupts-hotel-california-effect-in-cloud |title=Walmart disrupts ‘Hotel California effect’ in cloud |author= Larry Walsh Cloud Computing |date=15 October 2015|work=Channelonmics }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/social-trends-marketers-ignore/301725/ |title=Five Social Trends Marketers Won't Be Able to Ignore in 2016|author= Victor Pineiro|date=December 16, 2015 |work=Advertising Age}}</ref> A book titled ''Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq'' was written about the clandestine operation named after the song title by CIA–US Special Forces teams in [[Iraqi Kurdistan]] in the [[lead-up to the Iraq War]].<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol.-54-no.-2/pdfs-vol.-54-no.-2/MattP-Hotel%20California-web.pdf |title=Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq |author=Matt P. |work=CIA }}</ref><ref>{{cite book |url=https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/thoughts-on-iraq-hotel-california |title=Some Dance to Remember, Some Dance to Forget: A Few Thoughts on Iraq, "Hotel California," and Coming Home |author= Deanne Stillman |work=Los Angeles Review of Books |date=August 23, 2014 }}</ref>
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"Hotel California" and its lyrics have become absorbed into the wider culture around the world, and have been used by various writers and commentators to reflect on issues ranging from politics to social media and welfare,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhendrickson/2015/02/03/the-eus-nightmare-in-the-hotel-california/ |title=The EU's Nightmare In The 'Hotel California' |date= February 3, 2015 |author=Mark Hendrickson |work=Forbes }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://digiday.com/agencies/navigating-hotel-california-effect-social-platforms/ |title=Navigating the 'Hotel California' effect of social platforms |author=Victor Pineiro |date=April 17, 2015 |work=Digiday }}</ref><ref>{{cite journal |url=http://ejournals.duncker-humblot.de/doi/pdf/10.3790/vjh.75.3.186 |title=Leaving 'Hotel California': How Incentives Affect Flows of Benefit Recipients in the Netherlands |author=Jan C. Van Ours |journal=Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung|volume=75 |year=2006 |issue =3, S |pages= 186–207 }}</ref> or as an observation on a particular situation.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-11/news/mn-5553_1_hotel-california |title=States – Foreign Relations – Iraq Troops Check Out 'Hotel California' : Persian Gulf: West Coast Marines wait nervously in Kuwaiti desert camp as tension rises between U.S., Iraq |date=August 11, 1992|author=Mark Fineman |work= Los Angeles Times }}</ref><ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/business/worldbusiness/11iht-11facebook.9919316.html |title=On Facebook, leaving is hard to do |author=Maria Aspan |date=February 11, 2008 |work=The New York Times }}</ref> The lines "We are programmed to receive/You can check out any time you like/But you can never leave!" were used by an economist to refer to how the appeal of an attractive "Hotel California"-type host country to foreign investors may be countered by the cost of exit on leaving the country.<ref>{{cite web |title=Fancy a stay at the "Hotel California"? Foreign direct investment, taxation and exit costs |url= http://www.dnb.nl/binaries/sr096_tcm46-146873.pdf |author=Holger Görgh |date=2003 }}</ref> A term "The Hotel California Effect" was then used to refer to the negative effect of financial regulations on investment,<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/18cd68f6-7b21-11db-bf9b-0000779e2340.html|title=Time to change rules at Hotel California|author= Todd Malan |date=November 23, 2006 |work=Financial Times }}</ref> and the problems foreigner investors faced when getting their money out of China.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://news.alibaba.com/article/detail/knowledge/100898170-1-china-joint-ventures-hotel-california.html |title=China Joint Ventures And The Hotel California Effect.|date= May 22, 2013 |work=Alibaba }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://china-economics-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/china-and-hotel-california-effect-in.html |title=China and the Hotel California Effect in Banking |date=5 January 2009 |work=China Economics Blog}}</ref> It has also applied to other ideas such as leaving a service provider or social media network.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.channelnomics.com/channelnomics-us/analysis/2430686/walmart-disrupts-hotel-california-effect-in-cloud |title=Walmart disrupts ‘Hotel California effect’ in cloud |author= Larry Walsh Cloud Computing |date=15 October 2015|work=Channelonmics }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/social-trends-marketers-ignore/301725/ |title=Five Social Trends Marketers Won't Be Able to Ignore in 2016|author= Victor Pineiro|date=December 16, 2015 |work=Advertising Age}}</ref> A book titled ''Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq'' was written about the clandestine operation named after the song title by CIA–US Special Forces teams in [[Iraqi Kurdistan]] in the [[lead-up to the Iraq War]].<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol.-54-no.-2/pdfs-vol.-54-no.-2/MattP-Hotel%20California-web.pdf |title=Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq |author=Matt P. |work=CIA }}</ref><ref>{{cite book |url=https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/thoughts-on-iraq-hotel-california |title=Some Dance to Remember, Some Dance to Forget: A Few Thoughts on Iraq, "Hotel California," and Coming Home |author= Deanne Stillman |work=Los Angeles Review of Books |date=August 23, 2014 }}</ref>
   
Although the Eagles have been noted for their reluctance to license their songs for use in shows,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/09/david-letterman-punks-the-eagles-over-licensing-their-music-watch/ |title=David Letterman punks The Eagles over licensing their music – watch |author= Ben Kayeon |date=September 14, 2014 |work=Consequence of Sound}}</ref> the song has been used in a number of films and television shows, such as ''[[The Big Lebowski]]'' (performed by [[Gipsy Kings]]),<ref name=lebowski /> ''[[Absolutely Fabulous]]'', and ''[[The Sopranos]]''.<ref name="songfacts"/> Most recently it was used during the final scenes of the [[Checking In (American Horror Story)|premiere episode]] of ''[[American Horror Story: Hotel]]'' in October 2015.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.bustle.com/articles/115603-is-ahs-hotel-based-on-hotel-california-the-eagles-song-is-filled-with-clues |title=Is 'AHS: Hotel' Based On "Hotel California"? The Eagles Song Is Filled With Clues|author= Allison Piwowarski|date=October 8, 2015 |work=Bustle}}</ref>
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Although the Eagles have been noted for their reluctance to license their songs for use in shows,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/09/david-letterman-punks-the-eagles-over-licensing-their-music-watch/ |title=David Letterman punks The Eagles over licensing their music – watch |author= Ben Kayeon |date=September 14, 2014 |work=Consequence of Sound}}</ref> the song has been used in a number of films and television shows, such as ''[[The Big Lebowski]]'' (performed by [[Gipsy Kings]]),<ref name=lebowski /> ''[[Absolutely Fabulous]]'', and ''[[The Sopranos]]''.<ref name="songfacts"/> Most recently it was used during the final scenes of the [[Checking In (American Horror Story)|premiere episode]] of ''[[American Horror Story: Hotel]]'' in October 2015.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.bustle.com/articles/115603-is-ahs-hotel-based-on-hotel-california-the-eagles-song-is-filled-with-clues |title=Is 'AHS: Hotel' Based On "Hotel California"? The Eagles Song Is Filled With Clues|author= Allison Piwowarski|date=October 8, 2015 |work=Bustle}}</ref>
   
 
==Personnel==
 
==Personnel==

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Hotel California is the title track from the Eagles' album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977.[1] Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder music, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey lyrics. The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

The song is considered the most famous recording of the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.[2][3] The song was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.[4] The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves described the song as their "interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles".[5] In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience. that's all."[6]

History

Composition

The melody of the song was composed by Don Felder in a rented house on Malibu Beach. He recorded the basic tracks with a Rhythm Ace drum machine and added a 12 string guitar on a four-track recording deck in his spare bedroom, then mixed in a bassline, and gave Don Henley and Glenn Frey each the resulting demo cassette.[7] Felder, who met the Eagles through his high school bandmate Bernie Leadon, said that Leadon advised him to make tapes of songs he wrote for the band so that other band members like Henley, whose forte is in writing lyrics, might work with him on finishing the songs they like.[8] The demos he made were always instrumental, and on every album project he would submit 15 or 16 ideas. The demo he made for Hotel California showed influences from Latin and reggae music, and it grabbed the attention of Henley who said he liked the song that "sounds like a Mexican reggae or Bolero",[8] which gave the song its first working title, "Mexican Reggae".[9]

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Glenn Frey provided the outline of the story of the song

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Don Henley wrote the lyrics with some contributions from Frey

Frey and Henley were both interested in the tune after hearing the demo, and discussed the concept for the lyrics. In 2008, Felder described the writing of the lyrics:

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Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night... you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that... what we started writing the song about.[10]

Script error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". Henley decided on the theme of Hotel California, noting how The Beverly Hills Hotel had become a literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time.[11] Henley said of their personal and professional experience in LA: "We were getting an extensive education, in life, in love, in business. Beverly Hills was still a mythical place to us. In that sense it became something of a symbol, and the 'Hotel' the locus of all that LA had come to mean for us. In a sentence, I'd sum it up as the end of the innocence, round one."[12]

Frey came up with a cinematic scenario of a person who, tired from driving a long distance in a desert, saw a place for a rest and pulled in for the night, but entered "a weird world peopled by freaky characters", and became "quickly spooked by the claustrophobic feeling of being caught in a disturbing web from which he may never escape."[7] In an interview with Cameron Crowe, Frey said that he and Henley wanted the song "to open like an episode of the Twilight Zone", and added: "We take this guy and make him like a character in The Magus, where every time he walks through a door there’s a new version of reality. We wanted to write a song just like it was a movie."[11] Frey described the song in an interview with NBC's Bob Costas as a cinematic montage "just one shot to the next a picture of a guy on the highway, a picture of the hotel, the guy walks in, the door opens, strange people." Frey continued: "We decided to create something strange, just to see if we could do it."[2][13] Henley then wrote most of the lyrics based on Frey's idea, and sought inspiration for the writing by driving out into the desert as well as from films and theater.[11]

Part of the lyrics, such as "Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes bends/She got a lot of pretty pretty boys she calls friends", are based on Henley's break-up with his girlfriend Loree Rodkin.[7][12] According to Glenn Frey's liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word "steely" in the lyric, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," was a playful nod to the band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "Everything You Did".[14] Frey had also said that the writing of the song was inspired by the boldness of Steely Dan's lyrics and its willingness to go "out there",[11] and thought that the song they wrote had "achieved perfect ambiguity."[13]

Recordings

The Eagles recorded the track with Don Henley on lead vocal three different times, twice in Los Angeles and finally in Miami. They first recorded a riff, but when it came to recording the vocal, it was found to be in too high a key for Henley's voice, so Felder progressively lowered the key from E minor, eventually settling on B minor. The second recording however was judged too fast. In Miami the band fine-tuned the instrumentation and the lyrics, recorded several takes, and the best parts were then spliced together to create the released version.[2] According to the producer Bill Szymczyk, there were 33 edits on the two‑inch master.[15] The final section features a guitar battle between Joe Walsh (who had replaced Bernie Leadon who left in 1975) and Felder, which took the two of them sitting together working for around three days to achieve the necessary precision.[7] Walsh and Felder initially started improvising but Henley insisted that the recording should follow the music as first recorded in Felder's demo.[8]

Henley decided that the song should be a single, although Felder had doubts and the record company was reluctant to release it as a single because of the length of song which is over six minutes long, far exceeding the standard length of songs played by radio stations.[8][16] The band took a stand and refused the label's request to shorten the song.[17] The song was released as the second single from the album after "New Kid in Town". The front cover art for some overseas editions of the 45rpm single released was a reworked version of the Hotel California LP cover art, which used a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander, with design and art direction by Kosh.[18]

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The Eagles in concert performing Hotel California, 2010 tour in Australia

As "Hotel California" became one of the group's most popular songs and a concert staple for the band,[19] live recordings of the song have therefore also been released. The first live recording of the song appeared on the Eagles' 1980 live album, and an acoustic version with an extended intro is a track in the 1994 Hell Freezes Over reunion concert CD and video release.[20] The Hell Freezes Over version is performed using eight guitars and has a decidedly Spanish sound, with Don Felder's flamenco-inspired arrangement and intro.[21] During the band's Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne, the song was performed in a manner closer to the original 1977 album version, but with a trumpet intro before the actual start of the song.

Chart success

"Hotel California" first entered the Billboard Hot 100 on chart dated February 26, 1977,[22] and topped the Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977,[23] the band's fourth song to reach No. 1 on that chart.[4] It peaked at number 10 on the Easy Listening chart in April 1977.[24] Billboard ranked it number 19 on its 1977 Pop Singles year-end chart.[25] Three months after its first release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing one million copies shipped. In 2009, the song was further certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of one million digital downloads,[26] and has since sold over 3 million downloads.[27]

Accolades

The Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Hotel California" at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.[28]

The song is rated highly in many rock music lists and polls; Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 49 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[29] It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[30] At the induction of the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, all seven former and present members of the band reunited to perform "Hotel California".[31]

The song's guitar solo was voted the best solo of all time by readers of Guitarist magazine in 1998,[3] and was ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos.[32] The song was also included in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour. It was ranked the number 1 in the list of the best 12-string guitar songs of all times by Guitar World magazine in 2015.[33]

Themes and interpretations

Don Henley has given a number of explanations about the song, ranging from "a journey from innocence to experience"[6] to "a sociopolitical statement".[34] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Henley said that the song was meant to be "more of a symbolic piece about America in general", and added: "Lyrically, the song deals with traditional or classical themes of conflict: darkness and light, good and evil, youth and age, the spiritual versus the secular. I guess you could say it's a song about loss of innocence."[7]

The song has been described as being "all about American decadence and burnout, too much money, corruption, drugs and arrogance; too little humility and heart."[7] It has also been interpreted an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.[35] Don Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles",[36] and later said: "It's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about."[37] In the 2013 documentary, History of the Eagles, Henley reiterated:

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On just about every album we made, there was some kind of commentary on the music business, and on American culture in general. The hotel itself could be taken as a metaphor not only for the myth-making of Southern California, but for the myth-making that is the American Dream, because it is a fine line between the American Dream, and the American nightmare.[38]

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In a 2009 interview, The Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley if he regretted writing the lines "So I called up the captain/'Please bring me my wine'/He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since 1969'" because wines are fermented while spirits are distilled. Henley responded:

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Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you're not the first to bring this to my attention — and you're not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I've consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It's a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.[34]

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The "spirit" that Hotel California hasn't had since 1969 refers the spirit of social activism of the 1960s, and how disco and the related pop music of mid-1970s had turned away from it.[7]

Conjectures

The metaphorical character of the story related in the lyrics has inspired a number of conjectural interpretations by listeners. In the 1980s some Christian evangelists alleged that "Hotel California" referred to a San Francisco hotel that was purchased by Anton LaVey and converted into his Church of Satan.[39][40] Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.[41]

The term "colitas" in the first stanza ("warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air") has been interpreted as a sexual slang or a reference to marijuana.[42] "Colitas" means "little tails" in Spanish; in Mexican slang it refers to buds of the cannabis (marijuana) plant.[43][44] According to Glenn Frey, the "warm smell" is "colitas. it means little tails, the very top of the plant."[45] The Eagles' manager Irving Azoff appears to lend support to the marijuana hypothesis,[46] however, Felder said: "The colitas is a plant that grows in the desert that blooms at night, and it has this kind of pungent, almost funky smell. Don Henley came up with a lot of the lyrics for that song, and he came up with colitas."[42]

Other interpretations of the songs include heroin addiction and cannibalism.[2] On the various interpretations, Henley said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce."[42]

Harmonic structure

The intro and verse's chord pattern counts eight measures, each one assigned to a single chord. Seven different chords are used in the eight measures. As the song opens, it is not until the eighth measure that a chord is repeated. The song is initially in the key of B-minor.[47]

The chords are played as follows:

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or
i–V–VII–IV–VI–III–iv–V

The eight measure sequence is repeated in the intro, for each verse and in the outro, providing the harmonic framework for the entire extended dual guitar solo at the end of the song.[47] One explanation of the progression is that it is a common flamenco chord progression called the "Spanish progression" (i–VII–VI–V in a phrygian context) that is interspersed with consecutive fifths.[47] With its descending ostinato pattern, it could be considered a fandango, a forerunner of the Baroque chaconne form.[48]

This chord sequence is not a commonly used progression and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has pointed out its similarity to his song "We Used to Know" from their 1969 album Stand Up, suggesting the Eagles heard it when they toured together.[49] While the Eagles had opened for Jethro Tull in June 1972, Don Felder, who wrote the music, did not join the band until 1974 and would not have been in the audience or backstage.[50] Felder has said that he had never heard "We Used to Know", and that he was unfamiliar with Jethro Tull apart from the fact the frontman plays a flute.[51]

The chorus, or refrain, uses five of the song's seven chords, structured with the melody in a way that shifts the key from B-minor to its relative major of D:[47]

G–D–Em–Bm–G–D–Em–FTemplate:Music
or assuming a key of D:
IV–I–ii–vi–IV–I–ii–III

Cover versions and parodies

Al B. Sure! recorded his rendition for his album, Private Times. and the Whole 9! (1990).[52] Gipsy Kings recorded a flamenco version sung in Spanish,[53] which was used in the soundtrack for the film The Big Lebowski.[54] The Orb, under the name of Jam On The Mutha produced a version which charted at No. 62 on the UK chart in 1990.[55][56] Alabama 3 covered the song for the album, La Peste (2000).[57] The Cat Empire recorded a version sung in French "L'hotel de Californie" for Triple J's Like a Version segment, and is included in its 2005 compilation album as well as the band's 2003 live album On the Attack.[58] The Killers and Rhythms del Mundo collaborated their version with Afro-Cuban music for the 2009 Artists' Project Earth charity, and it appeared on the album Rhythms del Mundo Classics.[59]

Frank Ocean released a version sampling the entire instrumental track of "Hotel California" with his own vocal and lyrics on his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra (2011), entitled "American Wedding".[60] However, it led to a threatened lawsuit from Don Henley for copyright infringement.[61]

Mike Piranha recorded "Hotel Honolulu" in 1998, satirizing overdevelopment, crime, and other issues on Oahu, which became a local hit in Hawaii.[62] The Romanian band Vama Veche recorded its version with different lyrics entitled "Script error: No such module "lang".", sung in its native language.[63] Nancy Sinatra recorded a cover version for her 2002 album "California Girl (Buena Vista Records)

Cultural influence

"Hotel California" and its lyrics have become absorbed into the wider culture around the world, and have been used by various writers and commentators to reflect on issues ranging from politics to social media and welfare,[64][65][66] or as an observation on a particular situation.[67][68] The lines "We are programmed to receive/You can check out any time you like/But you can never leave!" were used by an economist to refer to how the appeal of an attractive "Hotel California"-type host country to foreign investors may be countered by the cost of exit on leaving the country.[69] A term "The Hotel California Effect" was then used to refer to the negative effect of financial regulations on investment,[70] and the problems foreigner investors faced when getting their money out of China.[71][72] It has also applied to other ideas such as leaving a service provider or social media network.[73][74] A book titled Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq was written about the clandestine operation named after the song title by CIA–US Special Forces teams in Iraqi Kurdistan in the lead-up to the Iraq War.[75][76]

Although the Eagles have been noted for their reluctance to license their songs for use in shows,[77] the song has been used in a number of films and television shows, such as The Big Lebowski (performed by Gipsy Kings),[54] Absolutely Fabulous, and The Sopranos.[42] Most recently it was used during the final scenes of the premiere episode of American Horror Story: Hotel in October 2015.[78]

Personnel

  • Don Felder – 12- and 6-string electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Don Henley – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion
  • Glenn Frey – 12-string acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Joe Walsh – electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Randy Meisner – bass, backing vocals

Charts and certifications

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Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 7, 1977 (one week)
Succeeded by
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