Showtunes

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This article is about the Stephin Merritt album. For songs from musical theatre in general, see show tune.
Showtunes
Soundtrack album by Stephin Merritt
Released March 16, 2006
Genre Indie pop
Length 48:33
Label Nonesuch
Stephin Merritt chronology
Pieces of April
(2003)
Showtunes
(2006)
Obscurities
(2011)

Showtunes is the result of collaboration between Stephin Merritt with Chen Shi-zheng on three pieces of musical theatre; Orphan of Zhao (2003), Peach Blossom Fan (2004), and My Life as a Fairy Tale (2005). Select tracks from these are featured on this album. It was released on Nonesuch Records on March 16, 2006 but was available from peer-to-peer networks from February 20, 2006. The remainder of songs from the shows were released exclusively through online music stores.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from The Orphan of Zhao" – 00:59
  2. "At Madam Plum's" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 02:35
  3. "The Top and the Ball" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 01:49
  4. "What a Fucking Lovely Day!" [From Orphan of Zhao] – 01:22
  5. "Auntie Toothache" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 02:48
  6. "It's Hard to Be the Emperor" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:08
  7. "Sounds Expensive" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:36
  8. "The Red Shoes" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 01:43
  9. "Fan Dance Cha-Cha" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:17
  10. "The Little Maiden of the Sea" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 03:53
  11. "Ukulele Me!" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:08
  12. "Train Song" [From Orphan of Zhao] – 01:17
  13. "The Little Hebrew Girl" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 02:10
  14. "Shall We Sing a Duet?" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 00:55
  15. "The Song of the Humble Serf" [From Orphan of Zhao] – 00:56
  16. "The Collar and the Garter" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 01:40
  17. "Shall We Sing a Duet?" (Reprise) [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:38
  18. "Sorry, Wrong Show" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:41
  19. "The Storks" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 01:24
  20. "In the Spring, When I Was Young" [From Orphan of Zhao] – 02:02
  21. "The Ugly Little Duck" [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 03:41
  22. "And He Would Say..." [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 03:02
  23. "The World is Not Made of Flowers" [From Orphan of Zhao] – 01:14
  24. "Behold the Lowly Centipede" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:41
  25. "In China, Said the Moon..." [From My Life as a Fairy Tale] – 03:37
  26. "Hail! Son of Heaven" [From Peach Blossom Fan] – 01:06

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10.0) 15 Mar 2006
Robert Christgau (dud) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

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