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The Gay Parade

  • 1. Old Familiar Way
    2. Fun Loving Nun
    3. Tulip Baroo
    4. Jacques Lamure
    5. March of the Gay Parade, The
    6. Neat Little Domestic Life
    7. Collection of Poems About Water, A
    8. Y the Quale and Vaguely Bird Noisily Enjoying Their Forbidden Tryst
    9. I'd Be a Yellow Feathered Loon
    10. Autobiographical Grandpa, The
    11. Miniature Philosopher, The
    12. My Friend Will Be Me
    13. My Favorite Boxer
    14. Advice From a Divorced Gentlemen to His Bachelor Friend Considering Marriage
    15. Man's Life Flashing Before His Eyes While He and His Wife Drive Off a Cliff Into the Ocean, A
    16. Nickee Coco And The Invisible Tree / The Gay Parade Outro
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 105

  • Credits

    Of Montreal includes: Kevin Barnes (vocals, guitar, lap guitar, banjo, piano, keyboards, bass, drums, bells); Derek Almstead (vocals, guitars, bass, drums); Jamey Huggins (vocals, drums, percussion); Julian Kester (vocals, saw); Bryan Helium (vocals); Andrew Rieger (spoken vocals); John Fernandes (violin, background vocals); Heather MacIntosh (cello); Dottie Alexander (clarinet, keyboards, background vocals); Scott Spillane (horns); Pete Erchick (piano); A. C. Forrester (melodica, lap guitar, penny whistle, bass, bass drum, toy piano, car horn); Josh McKay (vibraphone); Rob Carter (upright bass); Jeremy Barnes (drums, background vocals); Laura Hetsler, Jeremy Ayers, Hank Wren, John Dazze, Laura Glenn (background vocals).
    Recorded from September 1997 to October 1998.
    From the idiosyncratic Elephant 6 pop collective that includes Olivia Tremor Control, Apples In Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel comes the similarly inclined Of Montreal. Like their aforementioned pals, Of Montreal favors the '60s pop sounds pioneered by the Beach Boys, Beatles, Kinks, etc. With a healthy dose of light-hearted humor and breathlessly catchy songs that display a gift for melody, THE GAY PARADE is a pop tour de force.
    Giddy high harmonies, effervescent organ and piano and oddities like musical saw and pennywhistle will undoubtedly steer the listener toward that most overused (but in this case unavoidable) of adjectives, "quirky." The elaborate, skewed psychedelia of the arrangements (which also successfully incorporate strings and horns) is the perfect complement to these loopy pop gems.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (3/1/99, p.26) - "...Mastermind Kevin Barnes presents a series of colorful characters throughout these 16 tracks....consistently upbeat thanks to whimsical instrumentation, sing-along melodies and bouncy tempos,....its exuberant songs offer a much-needed escape from an angst-filled world."
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