Darkside (Tim Minchin album)

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Darkside
Live album by Tim Minchin
Released 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Comedy
Length 1:05:32
Tim Minchin chronology
Darkside
(2005)
So Rock
(2006)

Darkside is the first solo comedy album released by the Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin. It was recorded during Minchin's show at the Spiegeltent in Melbourne during 2005. It contains early versions of some of the songs Minchin still performs now, such as "Inflatable You", "Rock N Roll Nerd", and the title song "Dark Side".[1]

The show and particularly the song "Rock N Roll Nerd" are described as "kinda biographical" by Minchin, as they tell of his dreams of being a rock star and how he failed to take himself seriously.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Introductory Song"   1:50
2. "Hello"   3:14
3. "Inflatable You"   5:52
4. "Sick"   3:52
5. "Rock 'n' Roll Nerd"   5:34
6. "Rich"   2:41
7. "Mitsubishi Colt"   5:09
8. "Peace Anthem for Palestine"   4:33
9. "Angry (Feet)"   5:41
10. "Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins"   4:42
11. "Nothing Can Stop Us Now"   2:47
12. "Canvas Bags"   3:38
13. "Dark Side"   8:06
14. "Not Perfect"   7:07
15. "Second Encore"   0:38

Reception[edit]

Scotland On Sunday described the show as "a mix of satirical song, bleak humour and demon piano-playing" when assessing the show's performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005.[3] Chortle said of the show that Minchin is "such a brilliant virtuoso pianist" and also "a bright, quirky and hugely entertaining comedian".[4]

A reviewer for the Metro newspaper said that Minchin's strengths lie in the "inventive detail and witty wordplay" of his songs.[5]

Notes[edit]

"Inflatable You" features a section which takes direct inspiration from The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down". "Rock N Roll Nerd" finishes on a tune similar to Queen's "Seven Seas of Rhye", and then a chord sequence similar to the starting chords in Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" (in reference to one of the songs lyrics). In "Mitsubishi Colt," after being compared to Elton John, Minchin completes the song with a chord progression based off of "Song for Guy." The song "Dark Side" contains a quick reference of Beethoven's "Für Elise" and another to Pearl Jam's "Jeremy".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Minchin Merchandise". TimMinchin.com. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: Tim Minchin". The Void. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Trew (2005-08-14). "Always Look On The Dark Side Of Life". Scotland On Sunday. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  4. ^ Jonathan Trew (2005). "Tim Minchin: Dark Side". Chortle. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  5. ^ ""Dark Side" reviewed by Metro Newspaper, London". Metro. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 

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