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It's No Fun Being One Dimensional

by Page The Village Idiot

Arizona's legendary one man band. As heard on Dr. Demento and Howard Stern. Warning: offensive.and HILARIOUS.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Not So Fresh! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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2. Dead Rockstars (now With More Dead People!) PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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3. This Song Sucks! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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4. Anal Beads and Things! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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5. Music Bizness?! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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6. Hey, Bin Laden! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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7. Homeless People Smell PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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8. Drive Myself to Drink! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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9. My Car's On E! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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10. Hawaiian Beads and Tings! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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11. I Love Jack! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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12. Hey, All You Lesbians! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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13. Everybody Makes More Money Than Me! PAGE THE VILLAGE IDIOT
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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FROM PHOENIX NEW TIMES(FOOLS GOLD 7.6.06):

The first time I saw Page the Village Idiot, I was at Hollywood Alley in Mesa on a Saturday to see hip-hoppers Drunken Immortals and Grime; Page was the opening act. The second time I was at the Alley on a Monday to see another band I was writing about, and caught Page playing beforehand.

Each time I inadvertently saw Page the Village Idiot play — and the subsequent time when I went on purpose — I was blown away by his razor-sharp humor and by his guitar (and ukulele) shredding. And I kind of felt like a dumb-ass, because, like I said, I'd avoided his shows for the eight years or so Page has played Monday nights at the Alley (he also does Wednesdays at Jugheads).

Besides his omnipresence in clubs ads, I was turned off by the name, too — if you call yourself an idiot, I'm prone to call you even worse than that.

I caught up with Page on a recent Monday and bullshitted with him before I suffered through the opening act, a snore fest called Sleepwalk (during their set I wrote "Shut Up" on my notepad and held it up so the band could see; I don't think they noticed).

Page has been playing in bands since he went to Chaparral High School back in the '80s (he states his age as "late 30s"), but abandoned the band thing in the '90s. "I just got sick of bands breaking up, and I started doing acoustic open mics just with an acoustic guitar. I got laughs, and it was so addictive, just as addictive as starting a mosh pit."

Soon after, he got his drum machine, a late '90s Roland MC303, which also provides his loops and MIDI bass lines. "It's a lot more dependable than a real human being," he tells me. "I can practice when I wake up in the morning or when I come home from a gig." Later that night, he gives it props in a song, exclaiming that the machine "doesn't get herpes, and it doesn't smoke all your pot."

He's also got an array of pedals he runs his guitar through, which he uses extensively while he's warming up on the last Monday I saw him. He kicks off with a personalized version of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." After Ozzy's classic "Generals gathered in their masses/Just like witches at black masses," Page continues, "Governments' thumbs are up your asses/Anybody know what the price of gas is?"

He soldiers on, running through a song ragging on the west side/Metrocenter white-trash stereotypes, and segues into a track about local bands who think having a laminate around your neck makes you a rock star. A song about Sheriff Arpaio follows, which I'm sure Joe would actually love ("I got 20 years for getting high").

"Dead Rock Stars," which Page has managed to get onto the syndicated Dr. Demento radio show in the past year, comes next, where he lists said deceased and how they died ("G.G. Allin ate too much shit/Leave Freddie Mercury out of it").

"Check it out yo bitches!" he yells, before launching into "This Song Sucks," which rips about every radio song you can name. He gets the crowd into a little call and response with "I say 'Clear Channel,' you say 'fuck that!'" While fiddling with his machine, he deadpans, "I sampled that from Blink-182, because real punk rock scares me." The song ends with a chorus that goes "Stupid fuckin' kids, scratchin' all the records their parents thought they hid."

"I'm not gay, but I love a man named Jack," he declares later, before asserting "but I've woken up many a morning, fucked by Mr. Jack Daniel's." This song, which is also on his latest CD It's No Fun Being One Dimensional, is the one I relate to most (although I get fucked by the entire family of Jameson's ordinarily).

Page started doing the Village Idiot gig full-time about a year and a half ago, after completing his master's degree in Library and Information Science, which seems sort of incongruent. Nonetheless, he rocks his set out about four times a week, at Hollywood Alley and Jugheads as well as comedy clubs around the Valley.

Despite never having performed standup comedy prior to launching the musical comedy act, Page strikes me as having a standup's perspective on his career, which is the reason he's on stages around town so often, and why I hesitated to even check him out for a long time.

Unlike most musical acts in the Valley, Page doesn't have dreams of rock stardom, which I suppose is a good thing since critical sorts like me dismiss those who saturate the local market with their acts. But on the comedy tip, Page is second to none, despite using a guitar and drum machine as crutches.

I may have learned my lesson about prejudging acts that flood the music scene, but I still won't recommend it; Page the Village Idiot is the exception rather than the rule.
-BRENDAN KELLY


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HOLLY B.


HEARD PTVI ON HOWARD 100 ON SIRIUS RADIO. HIS SONG "THIS SONG SUCKS" CERTAINLY DOES NOT! ROCK ON PAGE!!!

a new fan

HOLY FUCK BALLS!
"Loved your Tales Told by an Idiot CD. Thought it was very clever. Then I played the cd, It's No Fun Being One Dimentional. HOLY FUCKBALLS!!!!!!! This is some of the best one man band stuff I've heard!!! HOLY FUCKBALLS!!!!!!!"

-Ryan (from L.A.)

LOVED IT!
Dude, your new CD is so fucking good. I played the Osama song 3 times in a row. I don't think I'd heard it before. Loved it."

SERENE DOMINIC

flat-out fun
Tempe one-man band Page the Village Idiot has been hosting Monday nights at Hollywood Alley forever, so I'm trusting you're quasi-familiar with his brand of onstage lunacy and some of the subtler intricacies of the 'lectric ukulele. But maybe you need to take him home to see what makes his stupid songs tick people off. His second CD, . . . it's no fun being one dimensional, is flat-out fun, even when he goes after easy targets like the music business and dead rock stars. On the latter, a rocker cause-of-death roll call, he reminds us, "Elvis took drugs because his friends were leeches," and "G.G. Allin ate too much shit/Leave Freddie Mercury out of it." My favorite is "My Car's on E," where Page is literally rolling on Ecstasy with his auto, loving the world and mistaking the turn signal sound for the new Moby record.

SERENE DOMINIC

flat-out fun
Tempe one-man band Page the Village Idiot has been hosting Monday nights at Hollywood Alley forever, so I'm trusting you're quasi-familiar with his brand of onstage lunacy and some of the subtler intricacies of the 'lectric ukulele. But maybe you need to take him home to see what makes his stupid songs tick people off. His second CD, . . . it's no fun being one dimensional, is flat-out fun, even when he goes after easy targets like the music business and dead rock stars. On the latter, a rocker cause-of-death roll call, he reminds us, "Elvis took drugs because his friends were leeches," and "G.G. Allin ate too much shit/Leave Freddie Mercury out of it." My favorite is "My Car's on E," where Page is literally rolling on Ecstasy with his auto, loving the world and mistaking the turn signal sound for the new Moby record.

Chris

oh yeah this is funny!
Heard Page the Village Idoit on Howard 101 on Sirius, then checked out his myspace Page. Had to have this CD. Its really good.

Mike C.

Rock and Laugh!!!
I have both of Page the Village Idiot's CD's but this one is my favorite! Page rocks it like a one man Mothers of Invention! I played it for my parents on Christmas (they're former hippies)and they laughed til they had tears in their eyes!

Joan B.

brilliant!
Love this CD! We took it on our last camping trip- now all of our friends are addicted to this CD!