Love Is a Dog from Hell

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Love is a Dog From Hell
Maggie Estep - Love is a Dog From Hell.jpg
Studio album by Maggie Estep
Released July 1, 1997 (1997-07-01)
Genre Spoken word, trip hop, ambient, alternative rock
Length 38:12
Label Mouth Almighty/Mercury
Producer Knox Chandler, Maggie Estep, Steve Lyon
Maggie Estep chronology
No More Mr. Nice Girl
(1994)No More Mr. Nice Girl1994
Love is a Dog From Hell

Love is a Dog From Hell is the second and final studio album by American spoken word artist Maggie Estep. It was released on July 1, 1997 via Mouth Almighty and Mercury Records.[1][2] The album represents a musical departure from Estep's previous album, No More Mr. Nice Girl. It features spoken word tracks that are influenced by various electronic music genres, such as ambient, techno and trip hop, as well as "straight-on rock songs."[3][4]

The album also includes a cover of the Lou Reed song, "Vicious", from Transformer. A music video for the cover was directed by Steve Buscemi and features an appearance by Reed.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]

The album generally received positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote: "Although Maggie Estep's poetry, prose and songs lose some power when they are not seen live, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a more effective album than her debut, No More Mister Nice Girl. Estep sounds more comfortable in the studio than before, and the musical backdrops are a little sharper," while also describing her words as "stellar, capturing her acidic wit at its biting best."[5] Tom Roe of CMJ also praised the album, stating: "Estep sounds more at home in this environment than making all that pseudo-metal noise." He also compared Estep to other "poets with musical sides", such as John S. Hall and Laurie Anderson, while noting the newly introduced ambient and techno elements in her music.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Master of Lunacy" – 3:52
  2. "I'm an Emotional Idiot" – 2:09
  3. "Mrs. McCormick" – 0:08
  4. "Gum" – 3:39
  5. "Stalk Me" – 3:07
  6. "Portnoy's Psychiatric Complaint" – 0:27
  7. "Vicious" (Lou Reed) – 3:00
  8. "Fireater" – 4:17
  9. "David Cronenberg" – 0:35
  10. "(Writer Guy) I Want Mangos" – 3:37
  11. "Jenny's Shirt" – 4:12
  12. "How to Get Free Hamburgers" – 4:19
  13. "Miles Howard Chandler" – 0:08
  14. "Scab Maids On Speed" – 1:33
  15. "Welcome To The Monkyhouse" – 3:59


  • Maggie Estep – vocals, arrangement, composition, production
Guest speakers
Additional personnel
  • Knox Chandler – arrangement, composition, bass, cello, guitar, loops, production, programming, sampling, vocals, toy piano
  • Paul Garisto – drums
  • Margery Greenspan – art direction
  • Steve Lyon – arrangement, engineering, production, programming
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Roger Scheepers – assistant engineering
  • Dan Yashiz – assistant engineering

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
CMJ Top 200[6] 75


  1. ^ Grow, Kory (February 13, 2014). "Gen-X Icon, Poet and Novelist Maggie Estep Dead at 50". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Codrescu, Andrei and Laura Rosenthal (1999). Thus Spake the Corpse: Poetry & essays. David R. Godine Publisher. p. 408. ISBN 1574231006. 
  3. ^ a b Roe, Tom (August 1997). "Maggie Estep - Love is a Dog From Hell". CMJ (48): 30. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  4. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (May 31, 1997). "Maggie Estep Gets 'Vicious' With Lou Reed". MTV. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Maggie Estep - Love Is a Dog from Hell". Allmusic. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "CMJ Top 200". CMJ. 51 (537): 8. September 1997. ISSN 0890-0795. 

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