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Friday, May 07, 2004
David Cross: It's Not Funny/ Jonny McGovern: Dirty Gay Hits
David Cross: It's Not Funny: The trite response would be to say something like "oh yes it is," but that would require a level of self-involved smarm that I simply don't possess. Cross is actually a difficult comedian to review. If you're familiar with his work on Mr. Show and his stand-up work odds are good that you already find him funny and topical and dead-on in his righteous anger at stupid people, mostly politicians, and thus you don't need me to tell you the album is good. Or, you think he's offensive and unfunny and should just shut up and stop making fun of the President like any good American should. In which case, well, I have no response that isn't rude and abusive, so I won't say anything to you. So if you're not familiar with his work: Cross is a member of the "angry at politics and society" school of comedy, like Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks. He's foul-mouthed, manic and lacks subtlety. And he's funnier than hell. In this album he takes particular aim at the great racists and homophobes of the Republican party, Dennis Miller's continual descent into irrelevance, and why exactly Paris Hilton's prominence is distressing. The liner notes included in the album are hilarious as well, and the track listings are thinly veiled digs at other comedians stand-up routines. It's well worth your time to check this out.
Jonny McGovern: Dirty Gay Hits: I saw the Soccer Practice video and thought it was cute, if a little low-budge. The same is true of the Lookin' Cute/Feelin' Cute video. I downloaded the MP3s of Soccer Practice and Electroboi and thought that while they were mediocre at best as dance tunes, the lyrics were smart and funny. So I bought the full album. And, well, while I still think the lyrics are, for the most part, smart and funny, the music really is sort of generic and mediocre. Which isn't to say that I don't like the album. The music is secondary to the lyrics in this case. And dance music really isn't something I can usually get excited about anyway. A little goes a long way for me, sort of like rap and country. So, overall, I'm left feeling a little disappointed by the album in its entirety, but the songs individually are clever and entertaining. See the website, Gay Pimp for more details. (Man, I wish I'd thought of that name first...)