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Stranger Than Fiction

The Wrockers

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Album Review

The two-disc Stranger than Fiction assembles tracks sung by dozens of best-selling authors like Norman Mailer, Stephen King, Dave Barry and Maya Angelou, and yes, it's just as bad as you might expect. Backed by the Don't Quit Your Day Job house band — a group including the likes of Warren Zevon and Jerry Jeff Walker — the writers dismantle rock classics like "Wild Thing," "Proud Mary" and "Hit the Road, Jack"; it's all innocent fun, of course, but just because karaoke night at the last American Booksellers Association convention was a hoot doesn't mean this 32-track compilation should ever have seen the light of day. Since it's clear that no one connected with the project takes it even remotely seriously, it's tough to work up too much ill will toward Stranger than Fiction — still, even as novelty records go, it's a singularly grueling experience.

Customer Reviews

Wow...okay.

Stumbled upon this by accident, and...wow. 5 stars just to hear these authors straight butcher songs. I guarantee the snippets are enough.

Wow, who--other than family members--would buy this?

I agree with the other reviewer. The snippets are hilarious, but no one would actually spend money on it. I stumbled on to it looking for "Hot Rod Lincoln" and saw the Boyd version. Blanche can actually sing. Stephen King is just self-indulgent.

Interesting concept, uneven execution.

Ah, 2 stars. Sorta interesting. One curiousity is the appearance of Jaime Brockett (with Robert Reich), a name I hadn't heard since he was brought outside the Student Union at Ohio University on May 6, 1970 to try to calm the crowd of student protesters after the Kent State incident two days prior. Nice to know he's still around and performing.

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