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Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehrer

By: Tom Lehrer

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DISC 1 for Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehrer Album By Tom Lehrer
1   Fight Fiercely, Harvard
2   Old Dope Peddler
3   Be Prepared
4   Wild West Is Where I Want to Be
5   I Wanna Go Back to Dixie
6   Lobachevsky
7   Irish Ballad
8   Hunting Song
9   My Home Town
10   When You Are Old and Gray [Medley]
11   I Hold Your Hand in Mine [Medley]
12   Wiener Schnitzel Waltz [Medley]
13   Poisoning Pigeons in the Park [Medley]
14   Bright College Days
15   Christmas Carol
16   Elements
17   Oedipus Rex
18   In Old Mexico
19   Clementine
20   It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier
21   She's My Girl
22   Masochism Tango
23   We Will All Go Together When We Go
24   Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
25   Masochism Tango
26   Hunting Song
27   We Will All Go Together When We Go
28   I Got It from Agnes

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Album Description

Tom Lehrer continues to teach musical theater and math at UC Santa Cruz. This compact disc makes available his ultra-rare 1953 debut album which was the biggest-selling comedy record of the 1950s. Includes such devastating satiric classics as "The Masochism Tango," "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," "A Christmas Carol," and "We''ll All Go Together When We Go."
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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 05/06/1997

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In the wake of the '80s comedy boom that made casual obscenity and bodily functions safe for TV, a listen to these '50s classics from a piano-playing Harvard grad student with a thin singing voice sounds tame if not quaint. Yet Lehrer's first two self-produced albums, among the first generation of comedy LPs, remain beloved gems of musical parody, and noteworthy for their original success in an era when their topics were strictly taboo for broadcast media. He kids cold war paranoia ("We Will All Go Together When We Go"), sends up then-hip folk revivalists with a cheerful murder ballad ("The Irish Ballad"), and gets laughs out of incest ("Oedipus Rex"), drugs ("The Old Dope Peddler"), and racism ("I Wanna Go Back to Dixie"). Closer to Gilbert & Sullivan (whom he in fact raids for one melody) than Def Comedy Jams, Lehrer can still raise a modern frisson when he plays necrophilia as romance ("I hold your hand in mine dear, I press it to my lips/ I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips..."). --Sam Sutherland

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