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Thing a Week One

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See You All in Hell
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My Monkey
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W's Duty
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Shop Vac
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Baby Got Back
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Someone Is Crazy
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Brand New Sucker
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Sibling Rivalry
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The Town Crotch
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Podsafe Christmas Song
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Furry Old Lobster
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Drive
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 33:51

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Literate meets ludicrous

Zotzedwriter

To say Coulton is an extremely funny songwriter (which he is) sells him short. Amid the humor is outstanding musical arrangements, great vocals, and a depth of wit, intelligence, and thoughtfulness that makes his songs even more pleasurable after multiple listens. My picks from this disc: "My Monkey," "Shop Vac," "The Town Crotch," and "Furry Old Lobster" (which is actually – and humorously – about Otters).

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Baby Got Back

Goodwin225

Jonathon Coulton's cover of the Sir Mix A Lot song Baby Got Back is awesome! It was rated #2 on the All Time Top 100 Covers by the New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/07182007/entertainment/music/they_ve_got_it_covered_music_mary_huhn_and_maxine_shen.htm?page=0 Definitely check it out.

They Say All Music Guide

Quitting his nine-to-five job, techie Jonathan Coulton returned to an older love: music. Picking up on a bit of self-discipline, he began writing a quirky new song each week (hence the album title), with the first album a culmination of compositions from the fall. Coulton is clearly in the camp of geek rock or geek folk, but there’s quite a bit under the surface of this album. A guitar-heavy anthem looped with samples of George W. Bush could be a political statement, but seems to take most of its pleasure from repeating the word “duty” (“doody” makes it funnier, of course). “Shop Vac” uses an upbeat bit of jangle pop to mask the lyrical content of a soul-crushing existence in suburbia. A folk rendition of “Baby Got Back” got Coulton much of his early play as a novelty act, but he treats the song as more than a novelty, giving it a bit of musical respect as he works choral harmonies into the structure — it’s here that his composing and arranging abilities really come into their own. Influences range widely — angry Ben Folds-style pop mixes with banjos and accordions in “Someone Is Crazy,” but the highly catchy “Brand New Sucker” has strong elements of some classic Peter Gabriel motives. Even a sea shanty makes an appearance before the album completes, just before the Justin Timberlake-meets-Blondie dance groove. The album presents itself as something of a novelty act, with quirk-heavy content about housewares and lobsters. However, the underlying themes are more existential, and can hit deeper at the core of the listener, as Coulton wraps up packages of loneliness, anguish, and love into sweeter musical packages often not outwardly matching their contents. There’s more than one level at play here, and all the levels have their own enjoyment. – Adam Greenberg

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