Friday, July 25, 2008
Werewolves and Lollipops
Werewolves and Lollipops
Released by Sub Pop records in 2007
Oh my god! What the hell is going on with this album cover?? It's like Pink Floyd took some acid with Rush and made an album cover with Salvador Dali! Things are MELTING! There's a big mouth with fangs on the outside where the head should be and the head is a ball and AAAAAHHH!
Werewolves and Lollipops is Patton Oswalt's most recent album. It is hilarious, keeping with Patton's ranting on pop culture retardation, the pain of his own life, and the pure insanity of being the type of person who lives in thes suburbs and has a "normal" American life.
The album starts off with a bit you may have heard now already, talking about KFC's famous bowls, their menu item in which they shove a pile of their food in a bowl and serve it to human beings. From there he goes on to describe how he got married and how he doesn't believe that his wife is real because she is is a hottie and he is not. He meanders over to talking about how disturbing G-rated filth is, why you should only be allowed 20 birthday parties, the Dukes of Hazard being Bush and Cheney, killing George Lucas with a shovel, and how growing up in the suburbs sucks ass.
Patton does a bit about birth control on this album that he has done previously, with one important difference - a heckler interrupts his bit right as he is getting to the punchline. This leads to an instant diversion where Patton rips into the heckler for minutes with a skill and wit I'm sure we all wish we had when having to deal with total douchebags.
The album continues with his admiration of the insanity of four-star chefs, how he can't get a movie made, but Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People is a movie that was, and he finishes up with how the same people who might be against gay marriage will be very for Cirque du Soleil, which Patton describes "What a gay french dude sees in his head when he's tired and horny."
Though this may be an antiquated notion, I recommend getting the physical, non-downloadable, hold-in-your-hands copy because it not only comes with a CD, but a DVD as well.
Now, the DVD is essentially a video of Patton doing essentially the same performance on the album, except someone gets peed on. That's right, someone during the show does not have the self control to leave the crowd for a bit and go to the bathroom properly, so they simply urinate on someone standing next to them. Thankfully you don't see this happening but you certainly hear Patton's reaction to it, which is reoccurring. Patton even makes an introduction on the DVD in front of a bust of Lincoln to specifically plead with people not to pee on each other at his shows.
Besides the stand-up the DVD also features a brief little skit showing Patton at a house he clearly doesn't own with rooms that can't possibly exist in it.
Overall, great album, get it. Enjoy it. Share it with your friends.
acid-trip freaky booklet cover (by an artist called Zeloot)
more normal booklet insides