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Life in the Foodchain

Tonio KAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gadfly Records
  • ASIN: B00000200L
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life In The Foodchain
2. The Funky Western Civilization
3. Willie And The Pigman
4. The Ballad Of The Night The Clocks All Quit (And The Government Failed)
5. American Love Affair
6. How Come I Can't See You In My Mirror?
7. Better Late Than Ever
8. A Lover's Plea
9. H-a-t-r-e-d

Editorial Reviews

Originally released on the Epic label, Life in the Foodchain, from Tonio K. garnered outrageous press when it was first issued in 1979 (Stereo Review called it 'the greatest record ever made'). 'Imagine a punk rock Warren Zevon or a misogynistic folkie who just took a hypodermic full of adrenaline Pulp Fiction style right in his songwriting sternum. That's how far out of this world Life In The Foodchain was (and, frankly, still is).' (quote courtesy Tim Brough). Tonio K. followed that project with several other stellar major label releases until the mid-1980s, when he shifted his focus primarily to songwriting. He has written songs with and/or for Wynonna Judd, T-Bone Burnett, Charlie Sexton, Peter Case, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Patty Smyth, Tanya Tucker, Vanessa Williams, Jules Shear, and The Pointer Sisters. There are an additional seven titles by Tonio K in the Gadfly catalogue.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who the hell is this guy? February 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
they put jesus on a cross, they put a hole in JFK, they put hitler in the drivers seat and looked the other way, now you got poison in your water and the whole worlds in a trance, but just because were hypnotized it dont mean we cant dance! LETS DO THE FUNKY WESTERN CIVILIZATION ! oooh thats clever! with lyrics like this how could one not like tonio k? i had this album on wax way back in 1979 after hearing it on WPLJ courtesy of vin scelsa the great new york disc jockey. 26 years later i asked for it as a christmas gift and it still sounds great. the lyrics are biting and satyrical, the music is hard baby hard. listen to THE DAY THAT THE CLOCKS ALL QUIT AND THE GOVERNMENT FAILED for social commentary on the state of civilization. for humour how bout HOW COME I CANT SEE YOU IN MY MIRROR?. and for those of us who have gone through hell with a spouse whats better then H-A-T-R-E-D??? who is this guy and when are we gonna get another album??
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age? Look no further... January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Tonio K by a crazy boyfriend who said this was the only cassette he had listened to on a three day car trip from Wisconsin to California. Luckily, the boyfriend left, but just as luckily, Tonio stayed. And I sang/yelled H-A-T-R-E-D at the top of my lungs in my dorm for two weeks. Ah, youth.

When I started hitting new and used record shops for his previous albums, I would get frowns and odd looks from the clerks. More than one asked, "What do you want with him?" I imagined he was some sort of rogue musician, on the lam or something, which of course, made him even cooler.

Twenty years later, I'm still grooving to these tunes and, although Tonio sings them with a wonderfully emotion-filled hard, scratchy voice, I'm still most in love with him for his brain. The lyrics are not only understandable, a rarity among singers today (see? I AM old!) but they're bright as a pin and just as sharp today as they were when they were new.

I feel compelled to mention that Tonio K is Armenian, if only because there are not a lot of Armenian rock stars out there for Hyes like me to cheer for.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's punk for the literate July 24, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Tonio K., aka Steve Krikorian had been kicking around LA, playing with what was left of the Crickets(of Buddy Holly fame) for years when his angry take on the world suddenly fit with the punk movement of the late seventies.
This is not teen angst, it's a 30-year-old's angst. He backs up the anger of the era with literacy rare for what was then a punk album. Taking his name from a Thomas Mann story (Tonio Kroger), K. would play off the Dadaists for the next few years, until he was struck down on the road to Damascus.
H-a-t-r-e-d is one of those perfect songs, quotable to a fault, that, once heard, will always be remembered. "How come I can't see you in my mirror?" is the weakest--a love affair with a vampire (pre-Anne Rice, of course), and little more than a gimmick song. In between they are all gems, including a special guest appearance by Joan of Arc.
These songs are all angry, but there is a humane and sad quality also. There are smacks of his later ! conversion here, but he is far too smart to be preachy.If you've not heard of this record, once you play it, you'll always wonder why not.
Amerika, the next LP, is almost its equal. The later albums lack the wit and the anger(they often go hand in hand.) They are not bad, though, with Ole being the best.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album ever? February 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out the rock critic Steve Simels wrote in "Stereo Review" that this was the greatest record ever. The next month Tonio K wrote in to tell Mr. Simels that the best album ever was "James Brown at the Apollo". They are both right.
"Amerika" is also pretty good. Willie & The Pigman rules.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare treat from the late 70's February 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In addition to everything else, how could you pass up an artist who penned the following immortal lines:
"I wish I could be sensitive
Like for instance Jackson Brown.
But 'Fountain Of Sorrows my azz mo********er,
I hope you wind up in the ground."
-- from H-A-T-R-E-D
Tonio K. is like no one you have ever heard before. Looking forward to any new releases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Angst August 7, 2001
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Tonio K doesn't just lash out at the world as the punk movement he pioneered does. He makes sure that an intelligent point is made. This is probably the best Tonio K I have ever heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifer April 11, 2006
By rmuttrr
Format:Audio CD
I bought this LP in 1978 because Steve Simels reviewed it as the greatest rock and roll album of all time and remember Mr. Krikorian's response well. I proceeded to listen to James Brown's Live at The Apollo... I agree with Simels. I still have the original copy and CD as well as his next excellent LP, Amerika.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best ever! August 18, 2000
By Ron
Format:Audio CD
When I first discovered this album in 1978, the reviewer who turned me on to it declared that it was the best rock album ever recorded and labeled Tonio K the rock and roll version of George Metesky. This obscure cultural reference could well have come from Tonio K's own wonderful absurdist lyrics. I have acquired this recording in almost every form known to man - LP, cassette, CD and mp3. If it had been released as an 8-track tape I would have bought that. Look up George Metesky, buy this CD, crank up the volume and experience funny, intelligent, raucous rock and roll at its absolute best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this alum, it has a lot of fun songs. He wrote some great lines!
Published 2 days ago by stoods
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic 70s album well mastered
Tonio K.'s music is unique. Witty, fun, and kind of wild. This is not your typical commercial 70s fare. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gloomrider
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
After listening to this for the first time, I wondered how I never heard of this guy. Classic rock/punk sound with funny and or politically relevant lyrics.
Published 12 months ago by LowKey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slice of History
There were two awesome one record wonders back in the Nevermore. The greatest of all time I believe was Sir Lord Baltimore's Kingdom Come. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n Roll
I had this album back in the late 70's it is a great album. It is funny rock n roll. I recomend it !
Published 16 months ago by James C. Bradley Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
Life in the Foodchain is one of the great undiscovered albums, Tonio K an overlooked artist, a first rate satirist. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A bile-filled masterpiece
This is the music that the jerk boyfriend of your best friend would make after he was, deservedly, dumped on his butt and had his black little heart broken into a million dusty... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST MUSIC
I bought this for one song because something I read caused me to remember it. Went online and found it at Amazon. Bought it and now I can listen to that song all I want
Published on May 27, 2012 by Francis L. Chiappino
5.0 out of 5 stars in my all-time tops list
John Kay, Frank Zappa, Roger Waters, Loudon Wainwright III, and Steve Krikorian (aka "Tonio K)... the most sharp, most edgy, brilliant, and thus, suppressed, composers available to... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Frank Fenderbender
5.0 out of 5 stars INCITEFUL
Tonio in the Foodchain. Rockin'. Insightful. Inciteful. Commentary on the comment on the commentary. The other side of this side. Surface deep. Deep surface. Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by OLD GUY.
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