Gay Parade

The Gay Parade

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by Of Montreal
     
 

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The Gay Parade is indie pop's very own Sgt. Pepper, a richly detailed, grandly ambitious concept record which forgoes the ponderous pretensions the phrase implies to instead exult in the simple joys of everyday life. Kevin Barnes' songs radiate a childlike wonder and boundless enthusiasm, discovering beauty in the most

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The Gay Parade is indie pop's very own Sgt. Pepper, a richly detailed, grandly ambitious concept record which forgoes the ponderous pretensions the phrase implies to instead exult in the simple joys of everyday life. Kevin Barnes' songs radiate a childlike wonder and boundless enthusiasm, discovering beauty in the most unlikely of places; his lyrics suggest psychedelic nursery rhymes, populated by absurdist characters (each and every one depicted on the jacket art) sketched in Crayola across a series of majestic melodies and ornate arrangements which belie the record's surface naïveté. For all of The Gay Parade's effervescence and whimsy, there's also a melancholy that pervades songs like "Jacques Lamure," "The Autobiographical Grandpa," and "My Friend Will Be Me," recalling the lovelorn hues of the previous Of Montreal record, The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy; far from deflating the euphoria, however, these moments simply acknowledge the necessity of sadness and loss to the human experience, and deem them worthy of celebration as well. These are songs in the key of life, Zen-like expressions of simplicity and innocence resonating with remarkable complexity and wisdom.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/1999
Label:
Bar/None Records
UPC:
0032862010521
catalogNumber:
105
Rank:
123501

Tracks

  1. Old Familiar Way
  2. Fun Loving Nun
  3. Tulip Baroo
  4. Jacques Lamure
  5. The March Of The Gay Parade
  6. Neat Little Domestic Life
  7. A Collection Of Poems About Water
  8. Y The Quale And The Vaguely Bird Noisly Enjoying Their Forbidden Tryst
  9. I'd Be A Yellow Feathered Loon
  10. The Autobiographical Grandpa
  11. The Miniature Philosopher
  12. My Favorite Boxer
  13. Advice From A Divorced Gentleman To His Bachelor Friend ...
  14. A Man' Life Flashing Before His Eyes While He And His Wife Drive Off ...
  15. Nickee Coco And The Invisible Tree
  16. The Gay Parade Outro

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Of Montreal   Primary Artist
Roxanne   Vocals
Krysia   Vocals
Janice   Vocals
Kevin Barnes   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Bells,Lap Steel Guitar
Beth   Vocals
Christina   Vocals
Derek   Vocals
Dottie   Vocals
Kai   Vocals
John McKay   Vibes
Robby   Vocals
Aaron   Vocals
Jeff Mangum   Musician
Eric Wilson   Vocals
Dottie Alexander   Clarinet,Keyboards
Rob Carter   Upright Bass
Will   Vocals
Kristy   Vocals
Laura Carter   Vocals,Musician
Andrew Rieger   Narrator
John Fernandes   Violin,Vocals
Bryan Helium   Vocals,Actor
Jamie Huggins   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Heather McIntosh   Cello
Scott Spillane   Horn
Zach   Vocals
Josh   Vocals
Derek Almstead   Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Typewriter
A.C. Forrester   Bass Drums,Horn,Melodica,Penny Whistle,Lap Steel Guitar,Fuzz Bass,Toy Piano
Rachel   Vocals
Pete Erchick   Piano
Jeremy Ayers   Vocals
Barbara   Vocals
Jeremy Barnes   Drums,Vocals
Bryan   Vocals
Dave   Vocals
John Dazzo   Vocals
Laura Glenn   Vocals
Laura Heisler   Vocals
Hank Wren   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lecithen Emulcifier   Artwork

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