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Attempted Mustache

Loudon Wainwright, III

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Following on the heels of the fluke success of Loudon Wainwright III's only hit single, "Dead Skunk," Attempted Mustache is an excellent encapsulation of all things Loudon. Even so, sales were disappointing, and Wainwright's audience did not expand beyond that of a small, loyal cult. The LP kicks off with "The Swimming Song," a tongue-in-cheek celebration full of clever lines, banjo pickin' and a touch of Doug Kershaw's Cajun fiddle. "A.M. World" reflects on life with a hit single, obviously written while "Dead Skunk" was climbing the charts. "Liza" is an a cappella folk song about childhood friend and classmate Liza Minnelli, who had recently won an Oscar for Cabaret. "I Am the Way" recasts Woody Guthrie's talking blues "New York Town," with Jesus Christ hanging out in Jerusalem proclaiming, "Every Son of God gets a little hard luck some time," and confessing, "Don't tell nobody but I kissed Magdalene." "Dilated to Meet You" is a welcome-to-the-world greeting card for a soon-to-be-born child, but on "Lullaby," the singer pleads with his son Rufus to "shut up and go to bed," complaining "you're a late night faucet that's got a drip." This album also includes the Wainwright classic "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," a lengthy short story set to music about a character who suffers all manner of tragedy and abuse, but is still incapable of showing emotion. Throughout Attempted Mustache, Loudon Wainwright III's droll, dry sense of humor is conveyed by his world-weary Everyman's voice, capturing small vignettes of life through a skewed, slightly left-of-center lens.
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1
The Swimming Song Album Version
00:02:26

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
A.M. World Album Version
00:02:31

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Bell Bottom Pants Album Version
00:02:27

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Liza Album Version
00:01:16

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
I Am the Way (New York Town) Album Version
00:03:10

Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - New Title and Lyrics: L. Wainwright III, Composer - New Title and Lyrics: L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - STAN TONKEL, Recording Engineer - Tom Geelan, Recording Engineer - Tommy Cogbill, Bass - Woody Guthrie, Composer - Woody Guthrie, Lyricist

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Clockwork Chartreuse Album Version
00:03:39

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Down Drinking at the Bar Album Version
00:03:57

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
The Man Who Couldn't Cry Album Version
00:06:14

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Come A Long Way Album Version
00:02:45

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - K. McGarrigle, Composer - K. McGarrigle, Lyricist - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Nocturnal Stumblebutt Album Version
00:03:45

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
Dilated to Meet You Album Version
00:02:03

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
Lullaby Album Version
00:02:57

Ben Tallent, Recording Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer - Bruce Dickinson, Re-Issue Producer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer - Doug Kershaw, Fiddle - Johnny Christopher, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Johnny Christopher, Electric Guitar - Kate McGarrigle, Banjo - Kate McGarrigle, Vocal - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - L. Wainwright III, Composer - L. Wainwright III, Lyricist - Loudon Wainwright III, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Loudon Wainwright III, Banjo - Loudon Wainwright III, Performer - Mac Gayden, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mac Gayden, Electric Guitar - Mac Gayden, Slide Guitar - Pig Robbins, Organ - Pig Robbins, Piano - Reggie Young, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Reggie Young, Electric Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Electric Guitar - Tommy Cogbill, Bass

(P) 1973 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

Following on the heels of the fluke success of Loudon Wainwright III's only hit single, "Dead Skunk," Attempted Mustache is an excellent encapsulation of all things Loudon. Even so, sales were disappointing, and Wainwright's audience did not expand beyond that of a small, loyal cult. The LP kicks off with "The Swimming Song," a tongue-in-cheek celebration full of clever lines, banjo pickin' and a touch of Doug Kershaw's Cajun fiddle. "A.M. World" reflects on life with a hit single, obviously written while "Dead Skunk" was climbing the charts. "Liza" is an a cappella folk song about childhood friend and classmate Liza Minnelli, who had recently won an Oscar for Cabaret. "I Am the Way" recasts Woody Guthrie's talking blues "New York Town," with Jesus Christ hanging out in Jerusalem proclaiming, "Every Son of God gets a little hard luck some time," and confessing, "Don't tell nobody but I kissed Magdalene." "Dilated to Meet You" is a welcome-to-the-world greeting card for a soon-to-be-born child, but on "Lullaby," the singer pleads with his son Rufus to "shut up and go to bed," complaining "you're a late night faucet that's got a drip." This album also includes the Wainwright classic "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," a lengthy short story set to music about a character who suffers all manner of tragedy and abuse, but is still incapable of showing emotion. Throughout Attempted Mustache, Loudon Wainwright III's droll, dry sense of humor is conveyed by his world-weary Everyman's voice, capturing small vignettes of life through a skewed, slightly left-of-center lens.
© Jim Newsom /TiVo

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