Cho Dependent

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Margaret Cho is hardly the first comedian who has developed a sudden urge to sing, but unlike a great many of them -- Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bernhard, Adam Sandler, the list goes on -- Cho's music suggests that she might have been able to get by as a pop singer if her career in comedy hadn't worked out. Cho has released several albums of her stand-up material, but Cho Dependent is her first long player devoted to music, and while these songs are clearly meant to generate laughs, as it happens Cho is a better singer than most would expect. Cho doesn't have a tremendous vocal range, but she know what to do with what she has, and can conjure the sound and style of other artists ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Margaret Cho is hardly the first comedian who has developed a sudden urge to sing, but unlike a great many of them -- Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bernhard, Adam Sandler, the list goes on -- Cho's music suggests that she might have been able to get by as a pop singer if her career in comedy hadn't worked out. Cho has released several albums of her stand-up material, but Cho Dependent is her first long player devoted to music, and while these songs are clearly meant to generate laughs, as it happens Cho is a better singer than most would expect. Cho doesn't have a tremendous vocal range, but she know what to do with what she has, and can conjure the sound and style of other artists with skill. "Your Dick" suggests the throaty strength of Chrissie Hynde and "Baby, I'm With the Band" recalls Debbie Harry's salad days, while any number of auto-tuned pop belters have been fused into the voice on "Gimme Your Seed," "Eat Shit And Die" finds her making like a sultry jazz diva and "Lice" is sung in the voice of an earnest and passionate folkie. Songwriting doesn't come quite as easily to Cho as singing -- generating laugh lines while following rules of rhyme and meter isn't as simple as it might seem -- but when she's on, she's quite good, and "Enemies" and "Hey Big Dog" work well either as straightforward tunes or as jokes. And Cho certainly had good sense in inviting some talented friends to help her out -- Tegan & Sara, Brendan Benson, Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Ani DiFranco, Grant Lee Phillips and Fiona Apple all contribute to the album, and it's the rare music album from a comedian that works as a listening experience even if you're not chuckling. And if this album mirrors most of Cho's comic obsessions -- sex, queer culture, getting high and wildly dysfunctional relationships -- the jokes, like those in her stand-up act, are generally pretty clever, and when Cho goes for simple bad taste on "My Puss," she's still pretty damn funny. Cho Dependent isn't as much of a game changer as I'm the One That I Want, but like that album it reveals there's more to Cho than her previous work would expect, and she'd be well advised to keep songwriting on her "to-do" list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Clownery Records
  • UPC: 634457533127
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intervention - Tegan and Sara (4:39)
  2. 2 Calling In Stoned (2:54)
  3. 3 Your Dick (4:10)
  4. 4 Baby I'm With the Band (3:37)
  5. 5 Hey Big Dog (4:16)
  6. 6 I'm Sorry - Andrew Bird (3:20)
  7. 7 Lice (2:40)
  8. 8 Enemies (2:58)
  9. 9 Asian Adjacent (4:02)
  10. 10 Gimme Your Seed - Garrison Starr (3:45)
  11. 11 Eat Shit and Die (3:29)
  12. 12 Captain Cameltoe (2:59)
  13. 13 My Puss (11:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Margaret Cho Primary Artist, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ani DiFranco Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jon Brion Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Tommy Chong Spoken Word
Barbara Gruska Drums
Kevin O'Donnell Drums
Grant Lee Phillips Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, 6-string Banjo
Carmen Rizzo Keyboards
Brad Wood Saxophone
Jebin Bruni Keyboards, chamberlain
Brendan Benson Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Fiona Apple Vocals
Ben Lee Guitar, Background Vocals
Garrison Starr Background Vocals
Lindsay Jamieson Background Vocals
Andrew Bird Violin, Vocals
Nick Luca Pedal Steel Guitar, Upright Bass
David Mead Background Vocals
Jack Rudy Harmonica
Tegan Quin Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Xylophone
Sara Quin Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sebastian Aymanns Percussion, Drums
Chris Scruggs Bass
Ned Brower Drums
Butterfly Boucher Background Vocals
Willis Clow Mandolin
William Tyler Guitar
Jack Newton Banjo
Ted Gowans Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Samantha Shelton Background Vocals
Andrew Higley Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Paul Bryan Bass
Alexander Burke Organ, Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Nic Johns Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Meghan Toohey Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ani DiFranco Composer, Sound Effects, Producer
Jon Brion Composer, Producer
Patty Griffin Composer
Mark Nevers Engineer
Grant Lee Phillips Composer, Programming, Producer
Carmen Rizzo Programming, Engineer
Brendan Benson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ben Lee Composer, Producer
Margaret Cho Composer
Garrison Starr Composer, Producer
Joe Costa Engineer
Mike Napolitano Engineer
Marc Chevalier Mastering
Andrew Bird Composer, Producer, Whistle
Nick Luca Engineer
Howard Redekopp Producer, Engineer
Tegan Quin Composer, Producer
Sara Quin Composer, Producer
Rouble Kapoor Engineer
Greg Koller Engineer
Shawn Barber Cover Painting
A.C. Newman Composer
Simon Rex Composer
Armen Melik Composer
Diana Yanez Composer
Yeshe Perl Composer
Nic Johns Engineer
Meghan Toohey Composer, Producer, drum programming
Kurt Hall Composer, Producer
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