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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Would you pick figure-skating femme fatale Tonya Harding as the (rather sympathetic) subject of a folk song? Loudon Wainwright III did -- and turns the athlete's perils and peccadilloes into an unsentimental and humorous look at lost innocence in "Tonya's Twirls." Charming audiences with his witty and honest songs for nearly 30 years, Wainwright's topical commentary is as wry as ever, on topics ranging from smoking restrictions ("The New Street People") to the conflicts in the Middle East ("Bad Man"). Washington politics come in for scrutiny, both on the Democratic ("Our Boy Bill") and Republican ("Jesse Don't Like It") sides. Wainwright's skill lies in his ability to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Would you pick figure-skating femme fatale Tonya Harding as the (rather sympathetic) subject of a folk song? Loudon Wainwright III did -- and turns the athlete's perils and peccadilloes into an unsentimental and humorous look at lost innocence in "Tonya's Twirls." Charming audiences with his witty and honest songs for nearly 30 years, Wainwright's topical commentary is as wry as ever, on topics ranging from smoking restrictions ("The New Street People") to the conflicts in the Middle East ("Bad Man"). Washington politics come in for scrutiny, both on the Democratic ("Our Boy Bill") and Republican ("Jesse Don't Like It") sides. Wainwright's skill lies in his ability to inhabit the characters in his broadsides, from the fearful resident of "Carmine Street" to the puzzled yet bravely hopeful voter in "Inaugural Blues," all the while challenging the listener with fast-paced and unexpected turns of phrase and style.
All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
Most of these topical songs were penned for National Public Radio on events of the day such as Tonya Harding, O.J. Simpson and the Y2K crisis. But rather than playing like Tom Lehrer or worse gasp, Mark Russell, they are invested with Wainwright's typical insight and biting wit. Sure, you'll laugh, but who else could make Jesse Helms seem such a tragic character with the refrain, "Jesse's favorite painting is the one of the clown/With the daisy in his hand and the tear rolling down." More classics from the dark genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257144223
  • Catalog Number: 571442
  • Sales rank: 326,529

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Gives (3:29)
  2. 2 Tonya's Twirls (3:37)
  3. 3 New Street People (2:50)
  4. 4 Carmine Street (2:57)
  5. 5 O.J. (3:13)
  6. 6 Leap of Faith (2:53)
  7. 7 Conspiracies (2:17)
  8. 8 Christmas Morning (3:36)
  9. 9 Y2k (6:13)
  10. 10 Number One (3:39)
  11. 11 Bad Man (3:21)
  12. 12 Inaugural Blues (3:19)
  13. 13 Our Boy Bill (3:11)
  14. 14 Jesse Don't Like It (4:06)
  15. 15 Pretty Good Day (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Roches Vocals
John Scofield Electric Guitar
Greg Cohen Bass, Piano
Richard Crooks Percussion, Drums
Peter Ecklund Trumpet, Cornet
David Mansfield Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Violin, Electric Guitar, Mandoline
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
Ken Pearson Organ, Piano
Lenny Pickett Clarinet, Saxophone
Chaim Tannenbaum Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Liner Notes
John Wood Producer, Engineer
Joe Boyd Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Scott Lehrer Sound Effects Engineer
Mike Kappus Representation
Emily Lazar Mastering
Edward Sorel Cover Art
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