The Little Red Songbook

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The Little Red Songbook
Momus The Little Red Songbook 1998 album cover.jpg
Studio album by Momus
Released 1998 (1998)
Genre Pop/rock[1]
Length 73:28[1]
Label Le Grand Magistery
Producer Momus
Momus chronology
Ping Pong
(1997)
The Little Red Songbook
(1998)
Stars Forever
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 6.4/10 stars[2]

The Little Red Songbook (Le Grand Magistery 61665-60006) is an album released by Momus in 1998. It features a number of karaoke versions of the songs that were used for a singing contest. The winners of the contest appear on the CD Stars Forever. Momus describes the album's style as part of his "analog baroque" phase: "an odd blend of classicism and kitschy futurism."[1]

The original release of this CD contained a controversial song entitled "Walter Carlos". In 1998, the subject persona of the song, Wendy Carlos, a transgender artist who had first come to fame releasing albums under her birth name Walter Carlos, sued Momus for $22 million.[3] The case was settled out of court, with Momus agreeing to remove it from the CD and owing $30,000 in legal fees.[4] Subsequent releases of the CD do not include the song.

Other songs include "MC Escher", a pun on M.C. that imagines a rapper who can do the impossible, as M. C. Escher routinely did in his art.

The title was inspired by the controversial Danish book The Little Red Schoolbook.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Current tracks[edit]

  1. Old Friend, New Flame
  2. MC Escher
  3. Who Is Mr. Jones?
  4. Harry K-Tel
  5. Lucretia Borgia
  6. How To Spot An Invert
  7. Everyone I Have Ever Slept With
  8. Born To Be Adored
  9. Coming In A Girl's Mouth
  10. What Are You Wearing?
  11. The New Decameron
  12. The Symphonies Of Beethoven
  13. Tragedy And Farce
  14. Mrs. X, An Ex-Lover
  15. A White Oriental Flower
  16. Some Mistranslations
  17. The Ugly Sister
  18. Welcome To My Show Trial
  19. Old Friend, New Flame (Karaoke)
  20. Tragedy And Farce (Karaoke)
  21. The New Decameron (Karaoke)
  22. Coming In A Girl's Mouth (Karaoke)
  23. Mrs. X, An Ex-Lover (Karaoke)
  24. Harry K-Tell (Karaoke)
  25. Who Is Mr. Jones? (Karaoke)
  26. How To Spot An Invert (Karaoke)
  27. The Symphonies Of Beethoven (Karaoke)

Deleted track[edit]

  • Walter Carlos

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. The Little Red Songbook at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (March 29 1999). "Momus: The Little Red Songbook", Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ Shepherd, Fiona (1999-09-10). "The World Can Change in a Matter of Momus". The Scotsman. The Scotsman Publications Ltd. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Selvin, Joel; Vaziri, Aidin; Heller, Greg (1999-11-07). "$1,000 Bought a Custom Song on Momus' Latest Album". The San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle Publishing Co. 
  5. ^ Click Opera - Fuck your way to the revolution Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback Machine.