John Tabacco | A Presbyter's Dementia

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A Presbyter's Dementia

by John Tabacco

Various existential pop rock music centered around (at times) a demented priest.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. The Priest Wants A Hit!
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2. Selected Prestonian Raynay
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3. Breezy feat. Marci Geller
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4. In The Autumn Of My Madness feat. Ed Palermo Big Band
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5. The Priest's Second Love
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6. Don't Be Fooled People
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7. Poor Phillup, Stupid Phillup
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8. Lock And Load My Sweet Baby Jesus
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9. The Priest's Out Of Body Alien Abduction
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10. Lost In The Fun House
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11. Re-Occurring Nightmare feat. Marci Geller and Point Of You
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12. It's Curtains For You Taloola
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13. Hey Junior (What's That Cloud That Hangs On You) feat. Donna Bac
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14. Zip-Squat-Beep
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15. Wacky Catrina Theme
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16. A Tiny Bean Bag Baby
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17. It Must Be A Cigar (Live) feat. Lennon, Zappa Band
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18. MM Coughs Up A Small Farm Animal / Buffalo Bags
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19. Catholicity Hokum
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20. Blame It All On Christmas Day feat. Gearhead Freaks
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21. Slip Code's Third Party Life Systems
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22. LT @ 35 & Still No Piano
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23. Don't Underestimate The Little World
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24. Christmas And I Am Not Afraid feat. Gearhead Freaks and Deborah
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25. Daniel's Sled feat. Anthony Pomes
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26. Phillup's Xmas Present For The Priest
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27. Charlotte After The Chemo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Priest is a twisted bastard interested in recording triangles on pillows with his out dated Synclavier and God knows what he and his favorite altar boy Phillup will do for a laugh. This was originally Thermoil Chapter Four but due to some sweet intervention it has become a slight existential, absurd religious documentation on a Presbyter with more than just Jesus on his mind. Appearances from Fuzzy Gray Logic's Meryl Mathews peak their way through in an actual telephone call of wafting gas proportions as well as a rare Marci Geller performance with her first group of the 90's called Point Of You. My views on ignorance and religious hypocrisy (Lock and Load My Sweet Baby Jesus) mingle with my own bizarre experiences in the Catholic church (Catholicity Hokum) along side three Christmas classics : The Gearhead Freaks' Spike Jones infested (Blame It On Christmas Day), the beautiful existential Christmas ballad, (Christmas And I Am Not Afraid) and the insane prose (and speaking voice) of Anthony Pomes on the down right horrific Christmas tale (Daniel's Sled). A few instrumentals are found here and there - one being It Must Be A Cigar (originally recorded on Nigey Lennon's CD Reinventing The Wheel) performed by part of the Ed Palermo Big Band at the Zappanale 13 in Bad Doberan, East Germany and a few other surprises like a big band cover of the Procol Harum classic In The Autumn Of My Madness. This CD is for the certifiable nut that lives inside your religion.


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Anthony Pomes

An unflinching look at modern faith set to inventive music
Those who struggle with faith are often the most faithful among us. This might well be said of the newest offering from John Tabacco - a reconfiguration of existing material that has been sharply fashioned into a meditation on life, death, trust, and wanton acts of cruelty set whipping across the backs of all living beings. Tabacco brings his usual bag of tricks to the disc in songs like LOST IN THE FUN HOUSE and HEY JUNIOR (WHAT'S THAT CLOUD THAT HANGS ON YOU) - equal parts killer melody and strong distinctive lyrics. And his vocals on the Ed Palermo Big Band version of the Procol Harum classic IN THE AUTUMN OF MY MADNESS proves yet again that Tabacco possesses one of the sweetest (and strongest) singing voices ever recorded.

The real revelation here, however, is Tabacco's voiceover work as the album's presiding protagonist, The Priest. Since I wrote the short story and did the voiceover work on the track DANIEL'S SLED contained here on this album (ligten up, folks, it's a satire on Christmas commercialism - Jonathan Swift did the same thing when he suggested the Irish eat their young in his "treatise" A MODEST PROPOSAL), I was very pleased to hear how Tabacco interweaved the work that he and I did on that track with the rest of his oeuvre. As sequenced on this album, the songs all contribute to a larger view of human frailty not often captured in "popular" music. You don't listen to this album - this album listens to you. Here's hoping that you like what you hear . . . or what you sound like! Buy this sonic mirror...

Josh Futer

Wacked!
This CD is the strangest thing I've heard in years. There is a lot of absurdity here and a bunch of good songs plus some Christmas stuff. Daniel's Sled is the bomb. It's totally sick. Christmas on the dark side for sure. The running character (a Priest?) is a wack job and somehow it makes sense. Also, there is a great cut called Autumn Of My Madness that features the Ed Palermo Big Band who are friggin' great. Why don't people make more CDs like this?