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Scary Country

by Doctor Sparkles

Ukulele, banjolele, balalaika, canjolele! Creative reactions to current events (light-hearted political commentary) in cabaret.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scary Country
4:32 $0.99
2. American Processed Cheesefood Monsters
1:36 $0.99
3. Military Town Blues
2:54 $0.99
4. Practice Suspicious Behavior
3:35 $0.99
5. Something Pretty (AKA ''Credit Debt'')
4:19 $0.99
6. If You Were the Ruler of Everyone
1:12 $0.99
7. Baked Spaghetti Western
6:29 $0.99
8. Mainstream Rag
1:28 $0.99
9. The Freakin' Fifth
1:46 $0.99
10. Rescue Pig (Episode 1?)
2:18 $0.99
11. Greenwash
2:47 $0.99
12. Homeland Security Chum
1:41 $0.99
13. Red Moon Rag
1:24 $0.99
14. The Day We Cleaned The Can
4:49 $0.99
15. The Beast Of The New World Order
4:03 $0.99
16. 2012
2:30 $0.99
17. Playing Music To The End Of Time
2:56 $0.99
18. Without Freedom
4:30 $0.99
19. Jumping Flea Circus
7:24 $0.99
20. Goodnight To The Red, White & Blue
2:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
In his 3rd album, follow Doctor Sparkles through "Scary Country" (Guess which one!) as the good doc plays ukulele (and banjolele, canjolele & balalaika!) in creative reactions (and reactive creations!) to current events. Dr. Sparkles light-hearted political commentary blends country, western, folk, rock, blues, zydeco and classical styles into cosmic cabaret as only the ukulele playing fool, Doctor Sparkles, can!

Reviews of "Scary Country":

"The gent's promo-lit head shot depicts a Mad Hatter who turned to the light but refused to divest the looniness he'd grown so fond of over a suburban career of entertaining. Then a scattershot liner melange of photos of the good minstrel in various guises injects a syringe of kickapoo joy juice prepping the listener to the ukelele cabaret recording artist's decidedly off-kilter but very righteous ditties. Drenched in humor, a predominantly Left point of view (okay, he digs Ron Paul, a decided conservative, but, hey, given the choice between Moron McCain, CorporObama, and Ayn Paul, who would *you* choose?), and a not-so-distant cousin of jug band music, Scary Country is indeed cabaretic, hitting a very wide range. Something Pretty, f'rinstance, strays into balladic tones in semi-classical Romantic refrains before progressing into an almost Alice Cooper-ish vein a la the archly mellowesque side of Nightmare, Goes to Hell, or DaDa. This lithe turn of events, thank Gawd, finds itself unrestrained by big label pressures or agents fretting about whether or not MTV might find teen-dream idols within.

"Then there's Sparkles' wielding of not just the uke but also banjolele, balalaika, and the ever-popular home-made Dinty Moore Stew Canjolele (no, really, it's right there on the cover!!), and, as you listen, you'll uncover elements of The Firesign Theater, Nash the Slash, Swami Beyondanda, Ian Whitcomb, and sundry way-cool wackos. The Freakin' Fifth is a riff on the Bill of Rights, not Beethoven, and Homeland Security Chum extols Sparkles' views of TSA while Rescue Pig (Episode 1?) is a lighthearted ditty a la the ol' Underdog theme. In voices theatrical and melodic, you get a nonstop dizzying parade of great satires, commentaries, smartassery, zaniness…and, oh yeah, a buttload of wonderful music too, everything quite impressively rendered. Put this guy in a studio with a few bucks for a budget, and I guarantee you'd be astounded at the result.

"Move over, Weird Al."

(Mark S. Tucker - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)
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"On a first listen to the beginning of this album, you immediately think, Egad, this is so cabaret! and then you remember: Doctor Sparkles IS cabaret.

"Thus this CD recalls the best (and the worst) of all the musical cabaret you’ve ever heard, from radio and movie archives to the very smuggest political party gatherings.

"Except you won’t find Doctor Sparkles in either. He does stay true to the genre (ingeniously, painfully), including self-conscious and contrived lyrics, a pompous tone, potty humor, and incorrect verbiage.

"But is this a satire of the genre? Western musical genres have become so ridiculous lately that I confess I’ve often mistaken serious work for over-the-top lampoon. I don’t think it matters here, because Doctor Sparkles never takes himself seriously.

"In his words, 'To the extent that I am centred and present to the God-in-my-innermost-being, I am by definition ‘light-hearted’ and haven’t the slightest use for gravity. In fact, I consider seriousness a form of suffering in that its subject eclipses the Love residing in the heart, and if Love could be described as my religion, then being serious about anything amounts to worshipping a false idol.'

"His choice of cabaret as the soapbox for his rucksack full of subversive ideals and arch observations is a sign that, yes, we are living in a culture in flux, a culture in decline, a culture ripe for overturning...

"Here, once again, the music is lovely, of course—and the recording quality is superb, the arrangements are delightful, and Sparkles’ voice is as smooth and rich as cream cheese. His masterful ukulele playing is adapted to multiple styles and shines in them all.

"Yes, this is cabaret, and as such it incorporates (absorbs?) many other genres, offering an interesting cross-section of American folk music. High points include “Playing Music to the End of Time,” a cheery zydeco number; “Military Town Blues,” a burnin’ hippie blues anthem; “Without Freedom,” a Ventures-like rockabilly soundtrack; and “Something Pretty,” a mockery of consumerist culture.

"Doctor Sparkles is that annoying little brother who tries so hard to get everyone’s attention with his overly dramatic play-acting that it can take a while to realize that he really does have something to say that’s worth hearing. After all, it’s always the youngest child (or the youngest at heart) who knows what’s really going on."

(Wanda Waterman St. Louis - The Voice Magazine: Gregor's Bed)
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