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The Austin Lounge Lizards are a band from Austin, Texas formed in 1980. The band includes founding members Hank Card, Tom Pittman, and Conrad Deisler, along with Boo Resnick (1994) and Korey Simeone (2003). The Lounge Lizards are a jazz group formed in 1978 by saxophone player John Lurie. ... In music, a band is a group of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of a musical arrangement. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. ...


The band started out experimenting with folk but was still heavily country in its style, combining the bluegrass form which Pittman was familiar with the progressive-themed folk rock Card and Deisler had been accustomed to. Between the members a large number of different instruments have been played, including a rich variety of string instruments such as the banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Folk song redirects here. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments. ... This article is about the musical instrument. ... // Jazz The earliest references to jazz performance using the violin as a solo instrument are documented during the first decades of the 20th century. ...


The band got its name because, Deisler explained, "I think it was a slang term I'd heard my grandmother use to describe gentlemen of easy virtue who hung around in bars. When we started out, that's just what we were doing—hanging out and playing for beer and tips and stuff like that." The Austin Lounge Lizards began by playing covers, but eventually they wanted to move towards trying to write their own songs.


The sound became less country and progressed more to politically-aware songs. The songs they wrote tended to be humorous in an extremely off-beat way, in addition to their political nature, in a way reminiscent of Country Joe McDonald's Fixing to Die Rag. These songs tend to have primarily liberal messages, "The Ballad of Ronald Reagan", criticizes the Republican American president, while "Gingrich the Newt" criticizes the then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. One of their most famous songs, "Saguaro", is based on the story of David Grundman, who died from shooting a cactus (see cactus plugging). Country Joe McDonald Country Joe McDonald (born Joseph McDonald, on January 1, 1942 in El Monte, California) was the leader and lead singer of the 1960s rock & roll group Country Joe and the Fish. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... Reagan redirects here. ... GOP redirects here. ... The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is the presiding officer—or speaker—of the United States House of Representatives. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Newton Leroy Gingrich, (born June 17, 1943), served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ... Cactus plugging is the practice of vandalizing or destroying a cactus, usually a saguaro, for fun. ...


All the group’s members contribute to songwriting, but the two principal songwriters have been Card and Deisler. Card’s lyrics often rely on clever word plays, double entendres, and off-beat but sometimes poignant narratives about ordinary life. His most frequent subject matter is love, especially comically forlorn yearning. (Example: The Dogs, they Really Miss You.) Deisler’s lyrics, in contrast, focus on the existentially absurd, often combining absurdly unexpected pairings (such as making Richard Petty the subject of a surreal Luis Buñuel film) as well as pitiable, sometimes lovable characters bewilderingly unaware of their own absurdity and oddness (Example: Wendell the Uncola Man). A recurring theme is the inanity of country music clichés, for example the "we were happier when we were poor" trope exaggerated into absurdity in "Love in a Refrigerator Box". Deisler's lyrics also marry comedy with a remarkably dark vision of humanity and its future (Example: Bonfire of the Inanities). Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is an American former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Discography

  • Creatures From the Black Saloon (1984)
  • The Highway Cafe of the Damned (1988)
  • Lizard Vision (1991)
  • Paint Me on Velvet (1993)
  • Small Minds (1995)
  • Employee of the Month (1998)
  • Never an Adult Moment (2000)
  • Strange Noises in the Dark (2004)
  • The Drugs I Need (2006)

See also

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External links

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Austin Lounge Lizards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (300 words)
For for the jazz band, see [[The Lounge Lizards]].
The Austin Lounge Lizards are a band from Austin, Texas formed in 1980.
When we started out, that's just what we were doing—hanging out and playing for beer and tips and stuff like that." The Austin Lounge Lizards began by playing covers, but eventually they wanted to move towards trying to write their own songs.
George Graham Reviews The Austin Lounge Lizards' "Employee of the Month" (1165 words)
The group is the Austin Lounge Lizards, and their new seventh release is entitled Employee of the Month.
Sometimes the Lizards' humor was enough to make one cringe, or perhaps raise the ire of those against whom the satire was directed.
The Austin Lounge Lizards new CD Employee of the Month, is the best one I have heard from this nearly eighteen-year-old satirical group from the Lone Star State capital.
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