Music, Martinis and Misanthropy
is a mellow, apocalyptic folk
and spoken word
album that combines acoustic and electronic instrumentation with brutal, Social Darwinist
lyrics and poetry. It was created by pioneer noise artist Boyd Rice
and an assortment of dark folk
all stars. Bob Ferbrache
is the recording engineer.
It was recorded in Tokyo, Japan and Denver, Colorado between July, 1989 and March, 1990 for NER/Tesco.
The lineup for this album was:
This album is considered a classic, yet defies easy categorization. The music is lilting, hypnotic, and aesthetically quite pleasing to the ear. It features restructurings of works by The Carpenters, Rod McKuen, and Ragnar Redbeard, as well as original vitriolic and humanist pieces and misanthropic tunes by Rice. There is also a plaintive duet of sorts between Rice and McDowall (who would later record an album of suicide songs under the name of Spell) on the traditional murder ballad, "Down in the Willow Garden". A great deal of the music was arranged by Douglas P. in collaboration with Rice and Ferbrache.
This album was inspired by Rod McKuen's spoken word albums and Jackie Gleason's romantic recordings from the 1950's. The title and album cover are a tribute to Gleasons's album, Music, Martinis, and Memories. The liner notes thank Anton LaVey, Rod McKuen, Ragnar Redbeard, Lee Hazlewood, Pat Purdy, Richard and Karen C., The Everly Brothers' Father, Walt Disney, Artie De Gobineau and "Big" Jim Huberty.
- Invocation (a cover of the opening track of The Carpenters Ticket to Ride album) 2:23
- People (requests the return of Vlad the Impaler, Genghis Khan, Roi D'Ys, Ayatollah Khomeini, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Nero, Diocletian, and Kitchener to cull humanity's stupid, lying, slow, and ugly). 6:07
- The Hunter (a quote from Anton LaVey) 0:47
- Nightwatch (a poem from the album "Home to the Sea" by Rod McKuen with Anita Kerr & San Sebastian Strings) 3:07
- Disney Land can Wait (a promise to take us on Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, after we've used the 357 Magnum, AK-47, and B-52 loaded with Neutron bombs he buys us to deal with the souless, imaginationless, worthless, irredeemable, "lifeless shuffling horde".) 3:26
- An Eye for an Eye (passage from Redbeard's Might is Right) 5:10
- Down in the Willow Garden (a murder ballad) 2:56
- I'd Rather be Your Enemy (a cover of a song by Lee Hazlewood) 1:41
- Tripped a Beautiful Maiden (a poem found in Might is Right) 0:37
- As for the Fools 5:25
- Shadows of the Night (utilizes an SS march) 2:40
- History Lesson (takes a quote from Heraclitus)3:27
- Silence is Golden 2:19
- Bonus track (available on reissue CD/picture disc) A sample of "one of the survivors of the Columbine shooting" played backwards to reveal: "Boyd Rice is the one who did it".