In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Minimum Wage is a group that can only be described as inventive, insane and delightful! Picture the Marx Brothers, Forever Plaid and the Flying Karamozov Brothers rolled into one. Por example, one might witness a lecture on Spatula techniques that goes hilariously awry. Or a capricious, musical history lesson about the "'Histoire du le Burger." Or even a rap number with wildly eclectic choreography. They won a Bistro award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Act by BackStage Magazine and in 1999 they were chosen as the Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and went on to win "Audience Favorite" in the National Finals. They can be seen pseudo- regularly on the Food Network's, Doorknock Dinners and other TV appearances include The Fox Network, Comedy Central, Good Day New York, The Veronica Network and America's Funniest People(Grand Prize Winners).
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Review: Since their 1999 Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweeps win and being named Audience Favorite at the National Finals, Minimum Wage hasn't been content to flip burgers and offer to supersize our fries. The five a cappella singer-actors (added: Elena Meulener, who plays Piercy, the company's only burger girl) have won BackStage mag's Bistro award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Act, have had major TV appearances including The Fox Network, Comedy Central, and America's Funniest People (Grand Prize Winners). And, with the songwriting help of Rockapella's Sean Altman and the direction of Samrat Chakrabarti (Five o'clock Shadow/The Hyannis Sound) they produced a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, named of course 'Minimum Wage: Music, Mayhem & Hamburgerology 101.' Some of the best material from the show is on this CD, the MW theme song is as sharp as ever, and the hilarious 'Grill' is a literally hot 'boy meets grill' doo-wop-flavored love song. The rousing 'Balls,' which sings of grabbing one's life by the, let's just say short hairs, is the funniest song on the CD; while the prize of their Sweeps performance, 'The Last Cowboy Song,' a whip-cracking lament about the annoying tendency of cowboy underwear to keep 'riding up my rear,' is happily included. The fascinating and never-ending 'L'Histoire du Burgoire' and the manic 'Connecticut,' which seems to have been transplanted to South America, round out our list of favorites. 9 winners by one of the best laugh-out-loud comedy a cappella groups on the planet!
Songlist: Minimum Wage Theme, Kooky the Happy Burger Klown, G-R-I- Double-L, L Histoire de Burgoire, The Last Cowboy Song, All These Dreams, Connecticut, Balls, The 17th Annual Harmony Honey Suckle Shootout Finale!