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AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS Progressive Bluegrass; Satire Austin, Texas; 1980- The Austin Lounge Lizards have delighted audiences from Texas to California, from Canada to the U.K., with their inventive style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass. Based in Austin, Texas, since they formed in 1980, the Lizards have honed their music into a knife-sharp art form. Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. For example, among the songs on their latest CD, Strange Noises In The Dark, are the title song-a darkly funny tale of a jilted lover obsessed with his ex; "Phil and Jesse," a sweet ode to retired Senators Phil Gramm and Jesse Helms; the self-explanatory "Why Couldn't We Blow Up Saddam?" and "We Always Fight When We Drink Gin," a touching duet with guest vocals by Kelly Willis. The Lizard musical style features precise four- and five-part vocal harmonies and instrumental mastery, particularly from Conrad Deisler on guitar, Korey Simeone on fiddle and mandolin, and Tom Pittman on banjo, dobro, and pedal steel guitar. Rounding out the group are Hank Card on rhythm guitar and Boo Resnick on bass. Lizard arrangements often include harmonies and instrumental parts that are themselves a spoof of the conventions of bluegrass, country, rock, and pop music. So it's no surprise that the group counts among its influences Frank Zappa, George Jones, Flatt & Scruggs and Steve Goodman. The Austin Lounge Lizards grew out of the songwriting relationship between Hank Card and Conrad Deisler, who met when they were history majors at Princeton University and started writing songs together in 1976. Eventually Card, an Oklahoman, and Deisler, a Texan, ended up at the University of Texas law school together, when they hooked up in 1980 with banjo and steel guitar player Tom Pittman, who had the right academic credentials (a degree in philosophy from the University of Georgia). Originally playing Austin and Texas dates while keeping day jobs as varied as bailiff, construction foreman and administrative law judge, the band has been touring nationally since 1987. Joining the band later were Boo Resnick, a Detroit native with a degree in history from the University of Michigan, and Korey Simeone, an Idaho native who recently fiddled in the Asylum Street Spankers. His background in music includes classical, swing, mariachi and German hip-hop. The music of the Austin Lounge Lizards is played on bluegrass and Americana-themed radio shows as well as some of the more "in the know" independent radio stations. The band has appeared at festivals and in concert across the U.S., in Canada, and in the U.K. They have been featured in NPR's Morning Edition, and on the radio programs Mountain Stage and E-Town. Strange Noises In The Dark is the Lizards' 9th CD and their first on the Houston-based Blue Corn label.
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Average Rating : 3.9              Total Reviews: 9


Austin Lounge Lizards  11/10/2008            
J.D. Bailey
Mystery solved! ...It's this band and their fans who keep the cheap Hawaiian shirt makers in business, and "The Simpsons" on the air.
Austin Lounge Lizards  01/16/2007            
jenee mcrae
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Austin Lounge Lizards  10/13/2004            
lizard
my lizard is wondering
Austin Lounge Lizards  10/08/2004            
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Subversive. Hilarious. Smarter than they have any right to be. "Employee of the Month" is probably their strongest album, both in range and tone. The content ranges from Texas Swing, through Flatt-out bluegrass, into a 60's surfer/hotrod tune. Includes two sweet but twisted bluegrass Gospel-style tunes, and one Mariachi treatment. Need I mention that they can sing and play with the best of 'em? Well, I did. Recommended. 5 of 5. Maybe 6 of 5!
Austin Lounge Lizards  09/21/2004            
Me
Still love the songs, but it's getting a little old to see how drunk they get. Not as much fun as the early days...
Austin Lounge Lizards  07/22/2003            
crawmama
Their name alone is worthy of 4 stars.
Austin Lounge Lizards  05/27/2003            
Bowie
These guys had to have been Waxed when they wrote these lyrics...Sometimes funny, but sometimes annoying...No more than a so-so album...
Austin Lounge Lizards  02/08/2002            
ELizabeth Matz
The Austin Lounge Lizards are the best! I love what they do because it is a)musically brilliant, including musical humor which is wry and delightful, b)they have a comitted social political world view which uncompromised, consistent and just plain funny c)their concept/lyrics may be dry, wry, silly, intellectually delicious and delightful, literate and just plain funny. I think its the best musical social/political satire you can find anywhere. Puts Mark Russell and the Capitol Steps to shame All the cd's have wonderful stuff. My favorite is "Paint Me on Velvet." And I know this is all true because Jesus loves me but he can't stand you.
Austin Lounge Lizards  01/17/2002            
Fred Mith
This is great!
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