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The Agoraphobic Cowboy

Rick Moranis

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Album Review

A country album from a Canadian comedian and actor who has been living in New York City for over 20 years? It has to be a joke, right? Well, sort of. Rick Moranis, best known for his work on the SCTV series as "Great White North" dunderhead Bob McKenzie, had been listening to a lot of country-rock and newgrass thanks to his kids, who got hip to the Yonder Mountain String Band though their fondness for Phish. Moranis suddenly found himself with a lot of ideas for country-flavored tunes, and he hooked up with musician Tony Scheer and started recording the songs at Scheer's home studio, and now Moranis has released the results as The Agoraphobic Cowboy. All these songs are played for laughs to some degree, but while a few are straight-up goofs (like "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Oh So Bucco"), most are observational sketches with a humorous twist (the sad-sack tale of "Nine More Gallons" and the brokenhearted telephone lament of "Press Pound"), and are only a bit goofier than real old-school C&W numbers like "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" or "Dang Me." As a singer, Moranis seems well aware of his limitations, and brings an understated deadpan approach to his vocals (he thankfully avoids the temptation to tack on a phony Southern accent). Scheer's guitar and banjo picking is sharp, while the band keeps the arrangements rootsy and uncluttered. All in all, everyone involved (particularly Moranis) seems to be having a great time and no one is fooling themselves into believing they're making a masterpiece; if The Agoraphobic Cowboy is a goof, it's a good goof and generates a handful of genuine chuckles as it ambles along.

Customer Reviews

For those who like to think...and can...

This album has a lot of cleverness wrapped up in the lyrics. It might have benefited from either a little variety in the musical stylings or more instrumental virtuoso performances, but it is still enjoyable as it is. I especially like the faster tracks like "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere", which is also the song that clicked most with the album title. Those who think this album has no merit probably were also put out by the thinking required when listening to bands such as They Might Be Giants. Humor is always something that requires thinking, and some are never going to laugh at things that don't involve people with limbs flailing and bones breaking. This humor is a lot more subtle than that.

I thought Agoraphobic Cowboy was funny

I read the other blasting reviews of this "country" album- but I was tempted to listen to it anyway because I think Rick Moranis is a funny character in this not so funny life. First of all, this is not a country album- it should be listed under comedy... it's quite obviously a comedy album when I listen to the samples. I think it's funny that people reviewed it as if it were a real country album. Hasn't anyone ever listened to the likes of Wierd Al? I think this album is for people who understand Canadian style humor- it might be too subtle for some peoples minds. I laughed at some of the songs... like #6- Wheaties Box! I appreciate the fact that he tries to have a singing voice while doing this humor, but I don't like country music, and some of the music is a little too country sounding for me to listen to it too many times. Overall, I think it's rediculous that some of the reviewers before me didn't get that this is a comedy album- I got. I thought it was pretty funny & I thought it was cool that he did it- probably because he just thought it would be funny to do.

This is a catchy great little record!

I am familiar with Rick's musical background from Lil Shop Of Horrors- I think this is a great effort on his part- the lyrics for sure. Hysterical!


Born: April 18, 1953 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Best known as a comedic actor, having starred in the films Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, and Spaceballs, and as part of the cast of the cult favorite television show SCTV, Canadian Rick Moranis has sporadically released albums throughout his career, some of them falling strictly in the comedy section while others did not. Moranis' first landed in record store shelves in 1981 when The Great White North album appeared courtesy of the fictional characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, Doug being...
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