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by Circus Contraption

Quirky-jerky, loony-croony, gypsy carnival opera music. Tom Waits meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Danny Elfman meets Squirrel Nut Zippers? Listen to this glorious tangle of sounds and decide for yourself.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. March in A minor
2:00 $0.99
2. Come to the Circus
2:50 $0.99
3. Marshmallows and a Holy Bible
4:50 $0.99
4. The Slaughter's Promenade
4:31 $0.99
5. Down to the Devil You Go
3:40 $0.99
6. Coming Attractions
3:31 $0.99
7. Solemn's Midway
1:41 $0.99
8. As the Children Laugh
3:01 $0.99
9. Marshmallows - Reprise
1:25 $0.99
10. Ballad of the Coprophage
4:16 $0.99
11. July Like a Dog
3:13 $0.99
12. Egg Tooth
2:54 $0.99
13. Toy Shop Armageddon
5:36 $0.99
14. The Animals Are Behind Bars
3:29 $0.99
15. Circus Contraption Theme
0:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Circus Contraption is an honest-to-goodness, one-ring travelling circus based in Seattle, Washington. Music is an integral part of our show, and we work constantly toward blurring the lines between the musicians and physical performers in the creative process.

What do we sound like? Sometimes spooky, sometimes quirky, sometimes raucous, and sometimes just a bit silly. Imagine an off-kilter carousel accompanied by Halloween music gone slightly wrong. At any given moment, you\'ll hear vocals, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass, clarinet, violin, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, theremin, washboard, drums, beer bottles, rusty junk and elbow grease.


How do others describe the band and its music?

\"Wildly creative\" - Seattle Times

\"An amazing circus orchestra\" - Bay Guardian

\"Freakin\' stellar\" - East Bay Express

\"A lurid hurdy-gurdy hybrid of Fellini movie soundtracks and Tom Waits.\" - The Stranger

\"With amazing skill and versatility, Circus Contraption combines frolicking rhythms with sinister words and melodies.\" - Seattle P-I



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Inspired Mayhem
Ah, what can be said that hasn't been already? Wonderfully morbid, deliciously bizarre, it's a fun, twisted ride into the greatest sideshow on earth!

The Reverend

Original, Fun, and Daring
Looking for something a little different. If Tom Waits was raised from a baby by a group of twisted insane clowns muderers that had a jazz band on the side. Might come close to a description of Circus Contraption.


Fantastic dark-humoured circus music
Our Latest Catalogue is a refreshingly different album and stands out in my seemingly eclectic CD collection. A tongue-in-cheek approach is needed if to give the CD a fair chance, however you will soon find yourself humming the tune to Coming Attractions and the slapstick feel to Marshmallows-Reprise is great fun. The dark humour is decidedly Tim Burton-esque and the witty subject matter of the songs will have you reading and re-reading the lyrics (handily provided in the sleeve- if only all bands did this!). I'd reccomend this album to anyone who wants a change from the norm, or as a present to put a smile on a lugubrious gothic friend's face.


Wickedly twisted
The lyrics are wonderfully warped and twisted. Set to circus style music the songs bring to mind a big top circus mixed with the asylum next door. This is a must have for anyone who likes odd lyrics and mixed musical textures.

Nicole Becken

Carnival gone wrong in so many right ways
You could walk down a carnival midway, be blinded by the blinking lights, get sawdust in your shoes, smell the cotton candy and hot dogs, hear the barkers yelling about their attractions and wonder at the glory of it all OR you could buy this CD and have just as a rewarding experience.

Paul Syrett

You don't have another CD like this
Not sure about the constant Tom Waits references. This is a far more interesting, eclectic and downright funny collection of sounds. Almost pointless trying to describe the music as each track is completely different to the last and is of no fixed genre, although plenty people have had a good try. Highly recommended to anyone with even slightly adventurous tatses.
The first and third CC CD, along with the two The Bad Things CDs, are rarely off my CD player these days.

Amanda BigPockets

A twisted Carnival Ride
This album reminds me of a mushroom trip at the circus. The blend of macabre lyrics and twisted carnival music is only for the more black sense of humor. Two thumbs up!!

CD Baby

As perfectly described by the band: "Quirky-jerky, loony-croony, gypsy carnival opera music. Tom Waits meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Danny Elfman meets Squirrel Nut Zippers." Imagine the soundtrack to a new and wacky sequel of the Nightmare Before Christmas, a carnival of emotionally unstable circus freaks and melodramatic misfits. Or perhaps the music Gary Larson would have drooled over to interpret his cartoons.


Just amazing!!!
I have bought the three albums of CIRCUS CONTRAPTION, and listen to them as a very long one, so I'm going to say the same for all of them.
Absolutely amazing; meeting CIRCUS CONTRAPTION has been of my most important things in the last two years (talking about music!).
A bizarre mixture of styles on their albums that has inspired me a lot to create my motion graphics pieces (to be seen on my site
All that I can say is THANKS to CIRCUS CONTRAPTION for its quaility and THANKS to CDBABY for giving me the chance of gettinf the albums.

Patrick G.

something wicked this way comes
Extremely fun and dark! A must of for every freak!
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