Nightlife | Singles,
It's time once again to spend a little time with our favorite Texas bluegrass wiseacres The Austin Lounge Lizards. The Lizards specialize like no other group in smart, very funny satirical songs about all things, well, worth making fun of. Their last cd is called "The Drugs I Need" (an amusing commentary on pharmaceutical companies) and includes the title track as well as such soon to be classics as "Xmas Time for Visa," " Neighbor of the Beast," " Buenos Dias, Budweiser," " Toast the Earth with ExxonMobil," and "We've Been Through Some Crappy Times Before." They're always a hoot as this fantastic ensemble couches hilarious and pointed social and political commentary within the sounds of high quality bluegrass and country music. For over two decades The Lizards have been cracking up audiences with this inventive style of "satirical bluegrass," which they have perfected since forming as a band in 1980. The group often draws comparisons to such diverse performers as Tom Lehrer, Riders In The Sky and Frank Zappa, and they themselves count among their influences Zappa, George Jones, Flatt & Scruggs and Steve Goodman. Trademarks of a Lizard song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke perfectly aimed fun at politics, love, and the culture in general.