John Callahan | Purple Winos in the Rain

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Purple Winos in the Rain

by John Callahan

Modern Folk
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lost in the City
2:25 $0.99
2. Purple Winos in the Rain
2:16 $0.99
3. Bullet Through the Heart
2:32 $0.99
4. Summer Never Ends
2:51 $0.99
5. Tears From Rain
3:29 $0.99
6. Yesler Street
1:03 $0.99
7. Suicide in the Fall
2:40 $0.99
8. Something Wild
3:00 $0.99
9. Sinner Saves a Saint
2:33 $0.99
10. Portland Girl
3:29 $0.99
11. California
1:18 $0.99
12. Suicidal Rage
3:10 $0.99
13. San Francisco Saturdays
1:50 $0.99
14. Texas When You Go
3:37 $0.99
15. Queen of Sheba
2:21 $0.99
16. Overdose
2:32 $0.99
17. Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel
2:38 $0.99
18. Tears From the Rain (Tom Waits version)
0:35 $0.99
19. Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel (Documentary version)
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
John Callahan (born during July of 1951 in Portland, Oregon), is a cartoonist noted for dealing with macabre subjects or physical disabilities, maiming and dismemberment. Rendered quadriplegic by an automobile accident, Callahan draws his cartoons by clutching a pen between both hands. His artistic style is simplistic and often rough, though still legible and humorous. It has been likened to that of William Steig, James Thurber, and Ben Wicks. Callahan's cartoons deal with subjects often considered taboo. His black humor may be exemplified by the title of his "quasi-memoire", Will the Real John Callahan Please Stand Up?. The subject matter and treatment of his cartoons shares something with the work of Charles Addams and Gahan Wilson although it is much more aggressively and brutally shocking and twisted than even the Playboy cartoons of these cartoonists. Two animated cartoons have been based on Callahan's cartoons, the first being Pelswick, a "For Children" show done by Nickelodeon, and the second being Quads, a Canadian-Australian co-production. Callahan's autobiography "Dont worry, he won't get far on foot" got him an appearance on 60 Minutes and the cover of The New York Times Sunday Magazine. He also has the distinction of being the only cartoonist mentioned in the O.J. Simpson trial. He has been seen most recently on the Dave Attel show, "Insomniac" on Comedy Central. Callahan is also a song-writer with his first CD due sometime in September of 2006. The London Indpendent calls his songs "Beautiful, but dark...". He writes all the music and lyrics himself and is backed up by many notable musicians. A dutch film crew recorded the studio sessions in which Callahan plays a simplified piano version of "Roll Away The Day". The album is produced by blues legend Terry Robb, with a special cameo appearance by Tom Waits. Callahan's website address is located at



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daniel farmer

diamond in the really really rough
this is a very good album. lots of music now lacks courage, a heart, and a brain. fortunately, this album has that and a sense of authenticity. and its stranger lyrical and musical adventurous qualities are even more attractive to the ear.


truly amazing use of observations on life around us. not many singers out there who can do what john can. a cross between cohen and waites. thanks john

rob barteletti

A triumph!
A canvas of darkly-bright compositions full of wit and pain and hope and grit and beauty, all juxtaposed into lovely paradoxes...I listen to it often and find new layers of grace each time...a triumph...a wonderful CD

John Chambers

Loved the CD
I loved this CD and John's Voice has a easy listening tone to it, which make the lyrics understandable. I have know John all my life and I am truly amazed at his talent. Kudos Calahan

John Chambers

Jo McIntyre

Heartbreakingly beautiful - haunting and humorous
Music was calm with tinkly piano and John's good voice. Melodies were all pretty similar, but the lyrics were pure poetry. Definitely worth the price.

mr, Jan Fierinck

I was so glad with the cd. As far as I know the cd was noet availble in Holland ,so glad having a sister in law in
Colorado Springs who,m made it possible to get him. for meI enyoy
the cd very very much! Thank you mr. John Callahan!
God bless you all

kathy colton

Old friend, New talent
I have loved Callahan's work since I first saw his cartoons @ 1986-87. Last year I got a dvd of his tv cartoon series as a present from a very dear friend. This year the same friend gave me this cd. Wow! Yet another talent! It's John's art brilliantly set to music. I went straight to my bookshelf and reread his autobiography. I look forward to seeing what John will do next.


beautiful and artistic
The first time I listened to the CD I was enchanted, and immediately ordered a copy for my friend, who is thrilled to now own it too. Callahan has a beautiful voice, and I enjoy how his lyrics convey the stark reality of life in a humorous manner.

Gertie Jaquet

simply beautiful
yesterday I saw the documentary about john callahan for the 2nd time. I love his drawings and his voice and his music. I'm so glad bought the album.
it moves me...

Nancy Norwood

Have listened so much I know all the words !!
Poignant and definitely touches me in a place I can feel! Excellent instrumentals which give even more meaning to the words and feel of the songs. Thank you. I hope there will be more Callahan CDs.
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