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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Corn Music
  • ASIN: B000I2IR8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their second album on Blue Corn contains more than the usual share of songs about current events. In 2005, the Lizards were commissioned to write five songs for various consumer advocacy groups. "The Drugs I Need" tackles the prescription drug industry, "The Tower" concerns the monopolization of big media, "Christmastime For Visa" takes on credit card debt, "Go Ahead And Die" is about health insurance, and "Toast The Earth" is concerned with a boycott of Exxon/Mobil. All five songs are on this release and they've been paired with hilarious animation, available for viewing on the Internet. "The Drugs I Need" is featured on Jib Jab and is one of the site's most popular numbers. Other songs here feature gospel-tinged tunes, a bilingual Tex Mex tune, a Les Barker poem set to music, an American folk classic, and a German hip-hop song.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Random Reviewer on January 10, 2007
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The only reason I withheld one star is that too many repetitions of a couple of the songs make me feel like I've spent too long cruising blogs. Xmas Time For Visa and Exxon-Mobil don't inspire a lot of re-plays for that reason only. I can get depressed over that stuff on my own, but the messages might sink in with other folks.

The rest is gold. One True God is perfect for these troubled times. I DARE you to quit playing Wer Ist Da?, even though, y'know, the whole German hip-hop swing thing has just been done to death. A Spanish-fluent friend cracked up when I played her Buenos Dias, Budweiser -- apparently the English translations provided don't match up to the Spanish 100%. She LOVED it. (And there may be no better reading of a line, ever, than, "I would risk hell.") Conrad sounds fine on Arnold, which is just silly and fun, and Hank's voice is at its hike-up-your-socks-and-start-living-again best in Crappy Times Before. And Neighbor of the Beast always works.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Zimmerman VINE VOICE on August 11, 2007
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Those masters of musical mirth, the Austin Lounge Lizards, turn their attention to corporate America in "The Drugs I Need" with mixed results. As mentioned in the product description, five of the songs were commissioned as satirical pieces about various industries--health insurance, pharamaceuticals, financial services, big oil and communications. Of these, the last three fall kind of flat--I find myself skipping past them to other tracks that are much fresher and funnier. "Go Ahead and Die" (a pirate song sung by health insurance executives--"I've got mine and I feel fine, so go ahead and die.") has a fun tune and clever rhymes of various diseases and injuries. The title song "The Drugs I Need", is the best of the commissioned songs and a highlight of the CD. The drug is the fictional Progenitorivox, "a life-enhancing miracle, but there are some things you should know", the boys tell us, leading into a musical recitation of the drugs many side effects ("male lactation" and "rust-colored urination" are my favorites (rhymingwise that is)). The second verse describes the financial risk of taking "two twelve dollar pills each day for fifty years", including "debtors' prison" and "life as seen in Dickens fiction." As good as the song is, the spoken disclaimer at the end is even better--an all-time great Lizards moment as we learn among other things that Progenitorivox "may not be reproduced without the express written consent of Major League Baseball", that "if death occurs, please discontinue use of Progenitorivox" and that finally "batteries not included".

As a whole the uncommissioned songs are better than the commissioned ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Schmidt on March 9, 2007
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I've been following the Austin Lounge Lizards for decades, and find this recording a refreshing return to their original perennial subjects for satire: drugs, beer, alienation and religion. How American... What makes these guys different is their highly intelligent wit AND quality musicianship. Harmonizing beautifully, articulating effectively so you can understand the lyrics, and including banjo, fiddle and slide guitar puts these guys a cut above. As with many maturing musical groups, they've finally added a female voice - a welcome change. So glad they're still keeping us laughing and singing along!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ab Uffalo on July 30, 2010
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I must confess to being totally ignorant of the Austin Lounge Lizards until I happened upon this album at a friend's place - unfortunately, many of the great artists of Texas don't get a play Down Under, & as a result, if we don't go looking on the internet, we miss out on so much. With "The Drugs I Need", I didn't know quite what to expect, but I sure got a lot more than I anticipated. This is really, one fun album. OK, not every track is outstanding, but they are all fun, and if they are not poking fun at some area of the establismnet, then they are just entertaining the listener. And on "The Drugs I Need", they do that very well. From the title track, to the riotous, one-of a kind Bluegarss hip-hop number, "Wer Ist Da?" (which I encourage listeners to play over & over again for full appreciation), to the story of the resident living at house number 667 (street & city un-named), who is "The Neighbour of the Beast", this album just gets better & better. My personal favourites however, are "Banjo Players in Heaven" & the absolutely brilliant "Arnold", the saga of an armadillo that falls head over heels for a somewhat inanimate object that he confuses as one of his kind. It's absolutely hilarious, especially when you try to picture in your mind, what happens in each verse. What is also good about the Lizards, is that they are great performers also - great voices, great harmonies, & great musicians - something most often than not, lacking from comedy records. This is one drug that will do you good.
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