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Album of the Day 9/11/10

Every day our 1000 best albums of all time countdown continues all the way to #1. Saturday’s album is #871:

Tammy Faye Starlite – Used Country Female

Today, the corporate media would have you believe that the entire world is wrapped up in a dour display of nationalism and anti-Muslim fervor to rival anything Hitler ever came up with. We know better. In honor of 9/11 we give you comic relief in the form of one of the most subversive performers to ever hit the stage. An actress and dramatist who got her start in Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatre, T. Debra Lang’s best-loved alter ego is Tammy Faye Starlite, a washed-up, drug-addled country singer who, in a desperate attempt to get back into the limelight, becomes a born-again. Her improv lampoons rightwingers, bigots, Christian extremists and pretty much everything you see on Fox News more entertainingly than you could possibly imagine. There are two Tammy Faye Starlite albums – the first, On My Knees, is straight-up country and contains Did I Shave My Vagina For This, the funniest feminist anthem ever written. This one, her second, from 2003, is a boisterous, twangy alt-country record expertly produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel and is a lot more diverse. The humor is all based in innuendo, and much of it is hysterical: the faux gospel of I’ve Got Jesus Looking Out for Me; the Doorsy highway anthem Highway 69; Ride the Cotton Pony, which is about menstruation; The Jim Rob Song, about a good Christian man who likes other Christian men (and boys too); and a sex-crazed cover of the bluegrass standard Hear Jerusalem Moan. Tammy Faye Starlite also fronts three irresistibly funny cover bands: the Mike Hunt Band, who do the Stones; the Stay-at-Homes, who do the Runaways; and most recently, the Pretty Babies, a Blondie spoof.

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4 Comments »

  1. You have to see her. Now she is doing a wonderful crafted show as Nico. She’ll be at the Howl Festival Sept.21 in New York City.

    Her Tammy Faye shows are the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. And her cover bands show how well she sings in addition to being totally entertaining.

    Comment by Barbara Gustern | September 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. she is an amazing performer!! go and see her

    Comment by roy | September 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. I knew Nico, and Tammy Faye re-invents her brilliantly.

    Comment by Danny Fields | September 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. The first time I saw Tammy Faye Starlite I was out on a date. I laughed so hard I spit beer all over the poor girl I was with. No other performer ever made me do that.

    Comment by the boss here | September 12, 2010 | Reply


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