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Diary of a Mod Housewife

Amy RigbyAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"It really is quite simple — no one of any gender or generation has written as many good songs in Rigby's realistic postfolk mode since she launched 'Diary of a Mod Housewife' in 1996." Robert Christgau, Village Voice

Born in Pittsburgh and a long-time resident of New York City, Amy played drums in short-lived no wave group Stare Kits before picking up guitar, ... Read more in Amazon's Amy Rigby Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: August 20, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Imports
  • ASIN: B000001SMD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time For Me To Come Down
2. Sad Tale
3. Beer And Kisses
4. 20 Questions
5. Down Side Of Love
6. The Good Girls
7. Knapsack
8. Just Someone I Had In Mind
9. Don't Break The Heart
10. That Tone Of Voice
11. Didn't I?
12. We're Stronger Than That

Editorial Reviews

Amy Rigby has earned her indie rock/cowpunk stripes as a member of the New York bands the Shams and Last Roundup. This album was produced in large part by Cars alumni Elliot Easton and the band includes country players (session vets Greg Leisz and Don Heffington) and rockers (Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Tony Maimone of They Might Be Giants). The result sometimes recalls Nick Lowe's early '80s recordings. Call it new wave country. The country portion of the equation comes from songwriter Rigby's plainspoken honesty. Her songs are set in the subway, the used book store, on the couch in front of the TV. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections Of A Former Child Bride July 3, 2008
By Mike B.
Format:Audio CD
My review title is a line from her song "Sad Tale", but Amy Rigby's choice of "Diary Of A Mod Housewife" is even better for this collection. These are the songs of a (then) 30-something rocker mom and divorcee as she looks backward and forward at her life.

Rigby has an interesting history. She was born in Pittsburgh, but relocated to New York in her late teens. In the 80's she was with a band called the Last Roundup, and then The Shams - an all female folk pop trio. She made some good connections. The Shams only album, "Quilt", was produced by Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group - and was an early release for the alt-country label Matador. Married to drummer Will Rigby of The dB's, she had kids and settled down in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section.

This 1996 solo debut is produced by Elliot Easton of The Cars. He does a great job, but this doesn't sound anything like his band. Like her husband and his group, Amy was an East Coast-er enamored of West Coast sounds. At different times this record evokes the music of The Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas, and The Lovin' Spoonful. On some songs Rigby displays the sassy, flippant attitude of Nancy Sinatra.

Amy's duet with John Wesley Harding on "Beer & Kisses" would've been perfect for Nancy and Lee Hazlewood. "20 Questions" resembles the latter duo's "Jackson", or Nancy's "These Boots Are Made For Walking". In both songs Rigby's addressing her man in a no-nonsense manner. She had split from Will Rigby by this time, but it couldn't have been too bitter - he plays here on a couple tracks.

I love The Mamas and The Papas, and Easton captures their glorious sound on two songs. "The Good Girls" is the highlight of the whole CD, and should've been a hit single.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem -- Both the Album and the Artist June 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw Amy Rigby tonight at the South Street Seaport in NYC. Under occasional strong rain that scattered the two or three hundred in attendance to cover, she did a fourteen or fifteen song set with the same irreverence, intelligence, vulnerability, and resilience that marks each of her albums. I'm still partial to this first one, for it includes at least a half dozen memorable slices of bittersweet life, both single and married. It concludes with We're Stronger Than That, a slightly off-key hymn to a struggling relationship that, she concludes, is worth keeping despite all its flaws. Before then, she dishes up Time for Me to Come Down, the very country flavored Beer and Kisses, Down Side of Love (left off her best of collection, 18 Again. Bad choice.), Knapsack, Just Someone I Had in Mind, and Don't Break the Heart (ditto on 18 Again). A great writer and observer ("That tingling feeling when you're first holding hands/Gives way to dealing with a list of demands." "We lived on beer and kisses/All hopped up on love and foam."), Rigby can also be a formidable rocker, here with a country edge, harder on some of her later CDs. She belongs in anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Want to Take Amy Rigby Out for a Beer February 10, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I cannot believe that I am the first person to review this wonderful cd. But as a Manhanattanite and having stumbled in from a club at 3am (early here, but I am, lol, getting old at 35), I just put on this cd. And fell in love with this wonderful music all over again. On a personal note, "Down Side of Love" got me through a horrendous love affair (the kind you drag all your friends out to dank bars and whine over beer; this of course after you've bored them with tales of how you have LA LA DA DEE DAH found true love, unlike the rest of the poor down-trodden world). Ah, sigh, get this album, will ya? And tell Amy I would like to buy her a beer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ohio Serendipity April 14, 2004
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I caught "Time for Me to Come Down" just as I got into the parking lot at work. Fortunately, I was little late already and had nothing to lose. I had to wait one more song to hear the DJ tell me it was Amy Rigby's. I laughed at the lyrics, and this song rocks very well. It amazes me that songs this good can be so hard to find. The rest of the album has it's charms but please, wizards out there, tell me why "Time for Me to Come Down" came and went with barely a ripple?
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