Local Anxiety | Forgive Us We're Canadian

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Forgive Us We're Canadian

by Local Anxiety

COMEDY -- Smart, satirical, silly and environmentally friendly -- Local Anxiety barbecues sacred cows, even mad ones. .
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm White, I'm Straight, I'm Sorry
3:32 $0.99
2. Dirty Books
4:51 $0.99
3. Tanning USA
2:29 $0.99
4. This Song is Dolphin Friendly
2:13 $0.99
5. Operation Dessert Storm
3:44 $0.99
6. Blue Box Blues
3:21 $0.99
7. Tree Farm
3:36 $0.99
8. A Politically Correct Christmas
3:02 $0.99
9. The Coffee Song
3:10 $0.99
10. Generation Y?
2:14 $0.99
11. Follicly Impaired
2:59 $0.99
12. My Country Went and Left Me
2:47 $0.99
13. Hockey Nut in Canada
2:47 $0.99
14. I Wanna Be a Bureaucrat
2:50 $0.99
15. Forgive Us We're Canadian
2:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Canada's masters of social and political satire," Local Anxiety were one of the top comedy acts on the much-mourned MP3.com -- at one point owning ten of the top forty spots on the political satire charts.

Their song, Tree Farm, is featured in the upcoming movie, The Green Chain (www.thegreenchain.com) -- which was written and directed by half of the Anxious duo, Mark Leiren-Young.

Their hour-long TV special Greenpieces: An Eco-Comedy won rave reviews when it debuted on VTV in Canada and was featured on Canada's "Green Channel." Shot live at the Vancouver International Folk Festival, Greenpieces featured special guest appearances by such environmental icons as Dr. David Suzuki and received an EarthVision award from PBS for, "excellence in environmental film-making."

Other featured TV appearances include CBC's Sketchcom, the Jim Byrnes Show and multiple appearances on Canada's number one morning show -- Canada AM. They've received two awards for their work with National Public Radio in the U.S, they had numerous commissions from CBC Radio in Canada and have also been heard on Dr. Demento. Their song, Hockey Nut in Nashville is featured on the CD, Hockey's Greatest Hits, Volume 1.

They've headlined at most major comedy festivals across Canada and have played major theatres across Canada. Their annual "Year in Revue" was a Vancouver tradition.

The Guys:
Mark Leiren-Young is one of Canada's most prolific and versatile writers. He has written TV drama (Blood Ties, The Collector, Psi Factor), comedy (Terminal City, Sketchcom), documentary (The Life & Times of Brian Orser, Grand Illusions) and animation (ReBoot, Class of the Titans, Ace Lightning). Mark's stage plays have been produced across North America and he has also had his plays performed in Europe and Australia. Mark has also spent some solo time on major stages -- including appearances as the emcee of the Vancouver International Folk Festival and as a featured performer at the Prince Rupert Comedy Festival and the Edmonton Comedy Festival's "gala" opening.

Kevin Crofton has been featured in such TV series and feature films as Masters of Horror (Jennifer), Point Blank, Killer Instinct, Twist of Faith and he had a recurring role in The New Addams Family. He's worked on a wide variety of independent video projects and has been extremely active in live theatre as a director and actor near his home in Gibsons, B.C. Kevin continues to perform music at venues throughout B.C.



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If you're not laughing, you're a bureaucrat
If you've not come across Local Anxiety before, this CD is a great introduction. Composed of tracks recorded live - and including some intros that explain the background - it includes gems like "This Song Is Dolphin Friendly" and "A Politically Correct Christmas". Most of songs on the album manage that difficult balance between being satirical and being catchy. If I had to pick, I'd say "Tree Farm" was the weakest track, mainly because I didn't think it managed that. If you're not humming along by the end of "I Wanna Be A Bureaucrat" then you probably already are, and if "Forgive Us Were Canadian" doesn't make you laugh, you're probably American.