Ooky Spooky

Ooky Spooky

by VoltaireVoltaire


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Having experimented very successfully with a straightforwardly serious album in Then and Again, Voltaire followed up his hilarious limited-edition live disc with a full new winner in the realm of truly black humor in Ooky Spooky. With Voltaire happily embracing mariachi horns as a new element to his music -- not perhaps as sudden a shift as Johnny Cash adding them to "Ring of Fire," but with a similarly enjoyable effect, matched with the great cover art -- the result is probably one of the best musical fusions all around, not to mention a perfect Tejano album under another name (not too strange when you realize the Eastern European origins of both that and Voltaire's previous efforts as a whole). The kick-up-your-heels, if your feet haven't rotted away, kick of lead single "Zombie Prostitute" was already familiar -- "I had a stiffy/For the stiff in front of me" is just one perfect line of snark among many -- and unsurprisingly benefits from both the swirling strings and the brass interjections in equal measure. Meanwhile, seemingly the-joke-is-all-in-the-title efforts like "Bomb New Jersey" and "Reggae Mortis" prove to be thorough gutbusters, while Amanda Palmer from the often similarly minded Dresden Dolls takes a great guest turn on "Stuck with You," a duet between obsessively dueling lovers who take it all the way to the grave and beyond. Throughout, Voltaire's excellent singing remains his not-so-secret weapon, jauntily vocalizing about white boy bullfighters and cannibal banquets with total élan. If there's a jaw-dropping moment, though, "Cantina," returning from its appearance on the Zombie Prostitute EP, might just be it -- a classic high-and-lonesome country & western song about the legendary bar scene in Star Wars. Except said scene didn't feature the song's narrator being repeatedly had by all the denizens of the bar in a mass interspecies omnisexual orgy, an omission in the original movie now utterly, perfectly corrected. Do not play at insecure fanboys, however.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Projekt Records
UPC: 0617026020129
catalogNumber: 201
Rank: 59248


  1. Land of the Dead
  2. Zombie Prostitute
  3. Cannibal Buffet
  4. Day of the Dead
  5. Blue-Eyed Matador
  6. Bomb New Jersey
  7. Cantina
  8. Stuck with You
  9. Dead
  10. Reggae Mortis
  11. Hell in a Handbasket

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Voltaire   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Matt Goeke   Cello
Gregor Kitzis   Violin
Amanda Palmer   Vocals
Jonathan Arons   Trombone
Peter Hess   Clarinet
Kiku Collins   Horn
Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Sorino   Drums
Xenia Ensemble   Piano
Matthew Goeke   Cello

Technical Credits

George Grant   Producer,Engineer
Gregor Kitzis   Composer
Peter "Fluid" Forrest   Composer
Sam Rosenthal   Graphic Design
Voltaire   Composer,Producer,Artwork,Audio Production
George Grant   Audio Production

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