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Employee of the Month

Austin Lounge LizardsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Stupid Texas Song 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hey, Little Minivan 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Dogs, They Really Miss You 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rocky Byways 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Last Words 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Monkey On My Back 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Flatnose, The Tree-Climbing Dog 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love In A Refrigerator Box 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. La Cacahuate 1:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Trailways Of Tears 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Leonard Cohen's Day Job 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Momma Don'T Allow0:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Other Shore 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000000F60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Austin Lounge Lizards--so named as to distinguish them from New York's Lounge Lizards and Chicago's Jesus Lizard, not to mention reptilian lounge denizens from everywhere else--has carved its own niche by penning satiric country/bluegrass songs that compensate for the oft-strained vocals with a venomous wit and deceptively adept musicianship. Take, for example, "Stupid Texas Song," which skewers the Lone Star state's outsized pride in all things Texan with lines like "Our rattlesnakes are the coiliest/Our beaches are the oiliest." Like most comedy albums, not everything here holds up to repeat listens. Still, it's hard to begrudge a band that can rewrite the Beach Boys' "Shut Down" as "Hey, Little Minivan" for soccer moms; visualize the world's drollest grease monkey in "Leonard Cohen's Day Job;" and keep a straight face on a barstool weeper called "The Dogs, They Really Miss You." --Rick Mitchellyes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lizards Lead to Laughs and Leonard December 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can't estimate how much I've laughed and sang along to the songs in the Austin Lounge Lizards "Employee of the Month". Any anti-Cowboy fan will delight in learning and singing "Stupid Texas Song", a send-up on Texans pride in all things Texan ("if heaven isn't Texas, partner, I don't wanna die!"). The "Beach Lizards" follow up with "Hey Little Minivan", a family-bound hot rod song, complete with my favorite bridge line "Step away from the car! Step away from the car!" sung by the theft-deterrent system. "The Dogs, They Really Miss You" lampoons any number of broken-hearted country love songs (the dogs playing (or not playing) poker, carried over from "Paint Me on Velvet" are featured near the end). "Rocky Byways" tells the story of a "sharp dressed chicken" (from an itinerant bluegrass band) being discovered by Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl at the Piggly Wiggly and somehow it all makes sense. "Love in a Refrigerator Box", the story of what happens when a junior high school couple gives birth to triplets "Velma, Thor and I"--love conquers all as they live in a 20 cubic foot refrigerator box and wear "blown out tires" for shoes. "Leonard Cohen's Day Job" takes a shot at the Canadian troubador, whom I've grown to love after the Lizards directed me to him. The album closes with "The Other Shore", a look at what awaits when we die--as we are reunited with all our possessions, both those wanted and those lost ("earring backs, National Geographics from 1974, crazy cowboy shirts" and many others). This one is a capella and the harmonies are really quite nice if you can hear them over your own laughter. The title appears nowhere in the album, but it still seems appropriate--we can all use a little Lizards laughter as we run on the mouse's treadmill every day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Employee of the Month: Austin Lounge Lizards November 22, 2012
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The Austin Lounge Lizards are an eclectic (and that's putting it mildly) and talented band with an uncanny ear for different musical styles, which they lampoon with happy abandon and a great deal of musical skill. Employee of the Month features riffs on genres as varied as hard-core saloon country-western, Beach Boys-style surf music, gospel, Western Swing, Grand Ol' Oprey bluegrass and Leonard Cohen folk. These are not just novelty tunes; they are completely enjoyable in their own right. The writing is clever, the instrumentals are tight and the group's ability to sing close harmony is extraordinary.

Any Lizard fan who doesn't own this collection should buy it. If you haven't heard of the group before, buy it anyway... you'll become a fan in no time at all. Let me put it this way: EVERYONE I've shared this album with has bought one. It's that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Austin Lounge Lizards CD (for now) October 25, 2006
By jules
Format:Audio CD
Although listening to the Austin Lounge Lizards' CDs doesn't come close to seeing them live (which I highly recommend!), this is my favorite CD of their collection. My favorite songs on here are: "Monkey on my Back", "Rocky Byways", and "The Other Shore". The last song is beautiful, despite having the usual satiric Lizards' twist to the lyrics.

Definitely go see them live if you can -- I have been attending their concerts since 1991, and have enjoyed every one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one was for a friend February 8, 2014
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If you are from Texas, you will probably want one of these for yourself--just for the "Another Stupid Song about Texas." Funny, funny stuff if your idea of humor runs to someone who asks "Can I have all your stuff when you're dead" or romanticizing "Life in a Refrigerator Box." Guess there's an upside to everything.... Originally bought this after hearing "On the Other Side" on PBS. About all the things you lost in life will be found there--like single socks and Barbie doll shoes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD June 29, 2013
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The Austin Lounge Lizards are at their best in this CD. The songs are
funny and catchy. One of my favorite CD's.
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