Peace Queer

Peace Queer

by Todd SniderTodd Snider


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Near the end of this eight-song EP, Todd Snider steps up to the microphone and tells his listeners that while his work may have become more "opinionated" lately, "I did not do this to change your mind about anything; I did this to ease my own mind about everything." And Snider isn't shy about getting his feelings off his chest on Peace Queer, which for the most part plays as a final kiss-off to eight years of George W. Bush and his various wars, both foreign and domestic. While the villain of the piece is never mentioned by name, the tale of the school bully on "Is This Thing Working?" and its sister song, "Is This Thing On?," is a clear enough metaphor, and the cover of John Fogerty's "Fortunate Son" makes the old antiwar chestnut sound like it was written last week, with the Man from Crawford as its protagonist. In many respects, Peace Queer (which takes its title from a song by the Fugs) isn't that far removed from Snider's earlier work -- the sly humor, the loose but emphatic performances, and Snider's playfully soulful vocals will sound familiar to anyone who has been following his work. And "Stuck on the Corner" and "Dividing the Estate" give Snider a chance to air his feelings about a number of other forms of national malaise in the new millennium (the former is summed up nicely by the chorus "Making money out of paper/Making paper out of trees/We're making so much money we can hardly breathe"). Why Snider waited so long to share his feelings about the state of the nation is anyone's guess (perhaps as a show of support to the loyal opposition in an election year?), but Peace Queer is a short and bittersweet gem, a rant that's funny enough to make the venom sting all the more and a cry of protest with joy and compassion in its heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0020286123422
catalogNumber: 61234
Rank: 73926

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Snider   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Patty Griffin   Track Performer
Paul Griffith   Track Performer
Doug Lancio   Track Performer
Craig Wright   Track Performer
Will Kimbrough   Track Performer
Peter Cooper   Track Performer
David Zollo   Track Performer
Bob Mercer   Track Performer
Livorio Garcia Lopez   Track Performer
Eric McConnell   Track Performer
Cowboy Jim   Track Performer
Donnie Herring   Track Performer
Elvis Hicks   Track Performer
Vickie Lucero   Track Performer
Melita Snider   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Composer
Todd Snider   Producer,Audio Production
Doug Lancio   Producer,Audio Production
Burt Stein   Executive Producer,Management
Mark Marchetti   Author
Eric McConnell   Producer,Audio Production
Heather Smith   Management
Marilyn Laverty   Publicity
Melita Snider   Paintings
Village Fuggs   Author

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