Attempted Mustache

Attempted Mustache

by Loudon Wainwright III
     
 

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Following on the heels of the fluke success of Loudon Wainwright III's only hit single, "Dead Skunk," Attempted Mustache is an excellent encapsulation of all things Loudon. Even so, sales were disappointing, and Wainwright's audience did not expand beyond that of a small, loyal cult. The LP kicks off with "The Swimming Song," a tongue-in-cheek celebration fullSee more details below

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Following on the heels of the fluke success of Loudon Wainwright III's only hit single, "Dead Skunk," Attempted Mustache is an excellent encapsulation of all things Loudon. Even so, sales were disappointing, and Wainwright's audience did not expand beyond that of a small, loyal cult. The LP kicks off with "The Swimming Song," a tongue-in-cheek celebration full of clever lines, banjo pickin' and a touch of Doug Kershaw's Cajun fiddle. "A.M. World" reflects on life with a hit single, obviously written while "Dead Skunk" was climbing the charts. "Liza" is an a cappella folk song about childhood friend and classmate Liza Minnelli, who had recently won an Oscar for Cabaret. "I Am the Way" recasts Woody Guthrie's talking blues "New York Town," with Jesus Christ hanging out in Jerusalem proclaiming, "Every Son of God gets a little hard luck some time," and confessing, "Don't tell nobody but I kissed Magdalene." "Dilated to Meet You" is a welcome-to-the-world greeting card for a soon-to-be-born child, but on "Lullaby," the singer pleads with his son Rufus to "shut up and go to bed," complaining "you're a late night faucet that's got a drip." This album also includes the Wainwright classic "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," a lengthy short story set to music about a character who suffers all manner of tragedy and abuse, but is still incapable of showing emotion. Throughout Attempted Mustache, Loudon Wainwright III's droll, dry sense of humor is conveyed by his world-weary Everyman's voice, capturing small vignettes of life through a skewed, slightly left-of-center lens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972418025
catalogNumber:
724180
Rank:
47946

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Doug Kershaw   Fiddle,Shouts
Mac Gayden   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ron Cornelius   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Reggie Young   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Vocals

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Contributor
Bruce Dickinson   Reissue Producer
Mac Gayden   Contributor
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Ben Tallent   Engineer
Karen Lee Grant   Cover Design
Gillian Wong   Art Direction
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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