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Civility in America

by Joel Gelpe

Edgy satire in styles ranging from Rock to John Phillip Sousa. Targets include Dick Cheney's "go f@#$ yourself" outburst, Saddam's oral examination, FOX NEWS' Bill O'Reilly and lots more. "A unique collection of truly inspired songs" ---Crosswinds Weekly
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Civility in America
3:44 $0.99
2. Lookin' Up The Mouth
2:24 $0.99
3. Today My Faith Was Shaken
3:25 $0.99
4. Mister
2:28 $0.99
5. Biological Woman
2:28 $0.99
6. Shut Up!
5:48 $0.99
7. The Japanese Way
2:57 $0.99
8. Redneck with a Goiter
1:46 $0.99
9. Too Young to Rock 'n' Roll
3:35 $0.99
10. Civility in America - censored version
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer/songwriter Joel Gelpe bursts onto the musical/political scene with this collection of edgy, funny, "brutally honest" tunes.
In the past, Gelpe has written music and lyrics for gentle, uplifting children's musicals. But the time for niceties has passed, and Gelpe takes off the gloves in this, his debut solo album.
Backed up by first-class Broadway rock musicians ---The Nine-One-Four Groove--- and supported by guest stars, The Conservative Chorale and Marina Garcia, Gelpe takes us on a bizarre journey of the political, the cultural and the just plain unusual.
The CD comes with an eight-page booklet which includes the lyrics for all the songs.


Current Events
1. "Civility in America" - patriotic march satirizing Dick Cheney's "go fuck yourself" remark on the Senate floor, complete with the F-word intact (numerous times, by the way). By the end, Dick has the entire Senate saying it!
2. "Lookin' Up the Mouth" - Arabic-flavored rock tune about the incessant TV coverage of Saddam's oral examination.
3. "Today My Faith was Shaken" - a pop ballad about faith in God, J.Lo's mom, and the Atlantic City slots.
4. "Mister" - punk rock tune about Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal who advertised online for a victim. Sung by the cannibal to his victim, it ends in a sick, glorious vocal climax.
5. "Biological Woman" - a woman's biological clock is running out, and she is pissed! Lead vocal by Marina Garcia.
6. "Shut Up!" - a mini-rock opera that slams Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, Hannity & Colmes, Rush Limbaugh, and more. With special guest stars, The Conservative Chorale.

7. "The Japanese Way" - an Asian-rock ballad about The Zenra Orchestra, a.k.a. The Stark Naked Orchestra, an actual orchestra of young, Japanese women who perform in the nude; inspired by their online photos.
8. "Redneck with a Goiter" - a silly country song written after a drunken game of charades.

Coming of Age
9. "Too Young to Rock 'n' Roll" - a solid rock tune about life experience and the creation of art.

10. "Civility in America - censored version" - the title song, with all the naughty words bleeped out.



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Ken Ross

The drummer kicks ass!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Mott

Rock-on Joel!!
Joel Gelpe is my professor at Ithaca College and this is amazing! Joel is Gorges!

Francis White

Eases my frustrations! Singable tunes.
This CD really eased my frustrations! Finally, a CD that is current and entirely original. The orchestrations are rich and really rock! I sing along with all the songs! Unforgettable!

Sheldon Law

Not only will this CD tickle the funny-bone, but the brain as well.
It is all too rare these days to find original material that is timely, to the point, intelligent, funny AND is interesting musically, too. The band on this CD is first-rate, and the arrangements, especially in the tune "The Japanese Way," are wonderful. And it's not just for "liberals." Many of the songs, like the J.Lo's mom song, the cannibal song, and others, will appeal to anyone who keeps up with bizarre current events. Not only will this CD tickle the funny-bone, but the brain as well.

Marina Garcia Gelpe

Great lyrics, singable tunes, smart
This CD gives me faith in Americans again! Intelligent and unforgettable!