Cha Cha Cabaret Chez Vous

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
One of the most irrefutably strange records of the late 1990s, this may be a compilation, but there's a thematic linkage in that the performers are mostly women of the way-underground indie variety. The album, too, is a cabaret of sorts in the jigsaw of styles, sounding like nothing so much as an alternate universe, a feminist counterpart to, say, early Frank Zappa albums. There's a lesbian fantasy about an older woman, the dialogue delivered with all the finesse of a junior high class skit; "Goldfinger" changed into a song about James Bond's secretary, with nothing but kazoo accompaniment; smooth lounge tap-dance fare; a faux torch ballad; a surrealistic spoken ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
One of the most irrefutably strange records of the late 1990s, this may be a compilation, but there's a thematic linkage in that the performers are mostly women of the way-underground indie variety. The album, too, is a cabaret of sorts in the jigsaw of styles, sounding like nothing so much as an alternate universe, a feminist counterpart to, say, early Frank Zappa albums. There's a lesbian fantasy about an older woman, the dialogue delivered with all the finesse of a junior high class skit; "Goldfinger" changed into a song about James Bond's secretary, with nothing but kazoo accompaniment; smooth lounge tap-dance fare; a faux torch ballad; a surrealistic spoken call-and-response piece with abstract heartbeat background noise, and incredibly over-the-top greasy intros and outros, delivered by some wag with an atrocious fake Latin accent, who bungles his way through the worst Queen tribute you could imagine. And then, to throw things further off balance, there are occasional folk-punk and riot grrrl-ish pieces that are much more typical of the product identified with the K label. It's hard to say what exactly Cha Cha Cabaret Chez Vous is trying to prove probably nothing, but it's certainly an avowedly uncommercial exercise; these are art-damaged performers who are doing exactly what they want to do. Whether that translates to product that others might find interesting is questionable. But it does distinguish itself by virtue of its very oddness, which makes it an anomaly even in the can-you-top-this rock underground.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1997
  • Label: K. Records
  • UPC: 789856106622
  • Catalog Number: 66

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello My Friends - Simplement Jacques
  2. 2 Miss Lady Hand Grenade Anthem - Simplement Jacques
  3. 3 Leaving Texas
  4. 4 Eatin' Words - Melissa Klein
  5. 5 Cowboys from Outer Space - 66% Chick
  6. 6 Surrender - Hallie Ruth
  7. 7 Money Penny
  8. 8 Stompin' at the Savoy
  9. 9 Chansons d'Amour - Miss Lady Hand Grenade
  10. 10 Fashion Show Walk
  11. 11 All About You - Panties
  12. 12 Something Going Wrong Here
  13. 13 Chicken in a Can - Cybelle
  14. 14 Lucky Little Shark - Cocozelle
  15. 15 Diagnostic
  16. 16 Starts with Laughter
  17. 17 Afternoon at the Abandoned Mine - Agnes And Hattie's Eastside Witches' Revival
  18. 18 Cha Cha!
  19. 19 Queen Medley - Simplement Jacques
  20. 20 Bye Bye - Miss Lady Hand Grenade
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Track Performer
Flying Tigers Track Performer
Miranda July Track Performer
Old Time Relijun Track Performer
Nikki McClure Track Performer
The Lookers Track Performer
Bryce Panic Track Performer
The Skirts Track Performer
Vicki Lewis Track Performer
Technical Credits
Calvin Johnson Engineer
Paul E. Schuster Engineer
Antonia Gogin Engineer
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