Jonathan Coulton | Smoking Monkey

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Smoking Monkey

by Jonathan Coulton

Well-crafted geek pop - hilarious but heartbreaking songs about clowns, masons and exhibitionists.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. I'm Having a Party
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2. Bozo's Lament
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3. Kenesaw Mountain Landis
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4. Ikea
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3:03 $0.99
5. I Hate California
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6. Christmas Is Interesting
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7. Over There
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8. Millionaire Girlfriend
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9. First of May
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10. De-Evolving
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11. I'm a Mason Now
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12. Overhead
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Album Notes
By turns hilarious and melancholy, rockin' and melodious, Jonathan Coulton's lovely ditties about vengeful nerds, ennui-afflicted clowns, partially-imagined historical figures, and devotees of a certain Swedish prefab furniture store are insanely clever without ever being too clever for their own good. They repeatedly lure you into laughing before suddenly breaking your heart. And the sick part is, you keep coming back. Coulton's is the voice of every spooky elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over our allen wrenches. (He also acquits himself beautifully in the ever-popular genre of odes to outdoor copulation.)


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Robert Vaughn

Squirrel and Chipmunk Friends
JC does it again with another great selection of great lyrics put to a catchy beat. I continued to be impressed with how it's not just me but everybody I have listen to Jonathan Coulton that falls in love with his music.


I feel Fantastic
Every song on this CD lives up to my highest expectations of Jonathan Coulton's work. I have all of his pod casts that I listen to endlessly - and yet I STILL can't get enough! Listening to his music always makes me feel 'Fantastic'!
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Bonnie Morse

Clearly the most brilliant song writer of our time.
This is beyond a doubt the best album I've ever heard. From start to finish it's just an incredible achievement.

Josh Sadow

Jonathan, who are these so-called reviewers?
Did you pay them? That's not 'reviewing', Jonathan? Are they related to you? Again, not really what I'd call a 'review'. Anyway, Happy Christmas and here is your $12.


Janet Goodsell

I really like Jonathan Coulton's unexpected and clever lyrics, especially "Ikea". I've been a fan since hearing him interviewed on NPR. I hear that my grandson dances to "Thing a Week Four".


Not so much like Wierd Al
I see some prior reviewers drew comparisons of JC's songs to Weird Al and TMBG and I've heard others compare him to Stephen Lynch. I don't think any of those are fair comparisons.

With all due (and great) respect to Weird Al, Stephen Lynch, and the like... they write and arrange songs whose purpose are simply to be vehicles for a punch-line. And, TMBG can often (but not always) be found writing brainy-weird songs for brainy-weirdness sake.

I haven't found either of those qualities in JC's songs. He certainly has a wicked sense of humour, but the songs are not about 'being funny'. And while JC has some unusual topics, I don't think that he is necessarily trying to be 'strange'.

If a comparson is necessary, here's my two cents:
His sense of musical style, is akin to BNL, while his use of humour is closer to Frank Zappa (but, much less misogynistic).

Joey Coleman

Bought as a gift and thoroughly appreciated.


Good Music:
Amazing Lyrics,simple, yet catchy, very good story telling.

Chad Ligot

Your life will be that much better
I think that says it all.

Test User

Test user
This is a great album.
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