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John S. Hall is back with the third incarnation of King Missile, his spotlight dance with spoken-word absurdity. How absurd? Consider the following: "Gay/Not Gay" is Hall's hysterically offensive meditation on all sorts of behavior that may or may not be gay. "Failure" is an ode to "the one you can count on when success, that is ever elusive, eludes you." "The Little Sandwich That Got a Guilt Complex Because He Was the Sole Survivor of a Horrible Bus Crash" is about... Well, you figure it out. While Hall's lyrics are still as amusing as ever, the backing music has a more avant-garde feel, thanks to cellist-keyboardist Jane Scarpantoni (who has played with Bob Mould and Nirvana), guitarist Charles Curtis (André Previn, Herbie Hancock) and percussionist Bradford Reed of the Blue Man Group. It's not always successful, but when Hall gets in a good mind groove, he's fascinating. --Jason Josephes

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shimmy Disc
  • ASIN: B00000AFQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jfastje@mail.slc.edu on November 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Sarcastic, funny, hilarious. SOunds like what you would get if you mixed Frank Zappa, John Valby, and Weird AL, with the lyrical ingenuity of Bad Religion and the comedy of Adam Sandler!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
His best album yet, John has finally found musicians that truly compliment his poetical mastery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
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This album is simply amazing. Not only are the words as great as usual, but the music is pretty damn inovative thanks especially to Sasha Forte and Branford Reed. I am really glad that I bought this album.
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By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album has some really funny songs and some songs that aren't meant to be funny but are really good. King Missile has always been underrated, and I was never sure that its most commercially successful song (Detachable * ) was as good as "Jesus Was Way Cool" or some of its other college hits. Anyway, this album has songs ("a good hard look," "monks," "failure") that rival those songs in coolness. There's also a really funny one called "gay/not gay," which might be taken as offensive but clearly isn't meant to be.
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