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Freakshow

by Muffy Nixon

Groooving backbeats, heart-breaking melodies, and hardcore vocals make Muffy Nixon undeniable.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Fame
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2. Planet Earth
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3. American Blue Jeans
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4. Hey Dude
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5. Champagne
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6. Shoulda Known
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7. Freakshow
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8. Glamorous
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9. Average Girl
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10. On Top of the World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MUFFY NIXON

While the rest of the girls in her Washington neighborhood were giggling away their golden hours with Barbies and playing dress-up, little Muffy Nixon was penning freaky tunes about her friends and family. When she wasn't taking piano lessons, the seven-year-old would perform in her parents' living room, which also happened to be the waiting room for her mother's in-home psychiatric practice. "It was total chaos all the time," recalls Muffy. "Sometimes I'd eavesdrop on my mother's sessions and make up songs about the conversations. Then I'd burst into her office and sing. The patients must've been horrified," she laughs. "They're trying to get help, when some insane kid suddenly interrupts with songs about their problems. I remember one patient went into labor in the middle of her session and I started singing to her as she began to deliver. There was always something to sing about."

Fifteen years later, Muffy is still writing twisted songs about emotional wreckage, but this time it's her own. Her stunning debut album is filled with sharp pop melodies and pointed barbs about broken hearts ("Shoulda Known"), addiction ("Planet Earth"), giant drag queens ("Fame") and unrequited love ("Hey Dude"). Muffy fleshes out her feelings with a powerfully emotive voice that alternately conveys feelings of love and fear, yearning and regret, hope and longing. Over the grooving backbeat of "American Blue Jeans," she struggles with the painful memories of a faded relationship.

After years of dues-paying on the New York club circuit, collaborations with the likes of Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Meredith Brooks, Muffy laughs. "Co-writing is like dating, sometimes you write just one song and it's kinda like, 'Wow, that sucked.' Then other times you'll write 10 songs and think, 'Ohmigod, I'm in love.' I've been in a few writing sessions where I felt like, we should just skip this and go get a drink somewhere."

Muffy, currently living in New York, co-wrote the album with up-and-coming producer Chris Rodriguez, a partnership she describes as "magic." "We met in New York at a time when I was open to trying anything so I flew to Miami to work with him," she says. "I expected it to be just like all the rest, but we really clicked in an unusual way. We wanted to tell stories and write songs that would transport you, and I think we accomplished that with this album."

Most recently Muffy co-wrote and stars in a television commercial for Time Warner, Comcast, UsCable, and Showtime to be aired in March 2005.

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Brett

awesome buy!
Muffy Nixon's CD is excellent! Each song is unique and her sound is very ecclectic....while "Hey Dude" sounds like it was taken from a romantic comedy soundtrack, "Champagne" is more of a Kelly Clarkson-esque pop-rock song. Finally, "Freakshow" has excellent dance club potential. All of the songs are great, and Nixon's voice is recognizable...I hope to hear more from her soon.
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bobby masseur

good music. can use it for almost any mood
vocally it is great... just my style. lyrically the songs kept me really into it and was very catchy with some unique phrases. the music just fits right in. looking forward to her getting started on a new album and touring to az.
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Amanda

HEY DUDE!
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Love Hey Dude, Shoulda, American Blue Jeans!
Glamorous gal, keep up the great work!! xoa
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JJ

Great Voice, great production. Pop Rocks for your ears.
Fun upbeat music somewhat reminiscent of Morcheeba in an oscillating fan (a good thing). She has a fab voice. Production and arrangement is tight. Great party/club music.
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Hannah

Wonderful Album!
I have been playing Freakshow non-stop for about a week now... and it is absolutely wonderful! The songs are all great, but my favourites are Hey Dude, Glamorous, and Average Girl. There's also just one weak track and that's American Blue Jeans. It's good, but not one of my favourites. I like how the songs don't all sound alike and the lyrics are intelligent and venture beyond the tried and true that's common and cliche on most pop albums today. Overall, it's a fabulous album!
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Nanette

Fantastic!
I love this CD! The songs are wonderful and original, Muffy Nixon has a fantastic voice.
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tim

funky, super catchy, and horrendously underrated
Apparently either the name, old school cd cover, or maybe just plain bad marketing or timing doomed this particular album by this particular artist. Personally, I found this cd in a used bin rack in San Francisco. I have not put it back in its case in 8 months.
I would classify Muffy Nixon's music here as "You Oughtta Know" style Alanis Morissette without the anger, with a healthy does of glam-rock, funk, and all-out freakiness, which infiltrate here lyrics in every song. Oh, and it is insanely catchy without being over the top. It is so refreshing to hear fairly mainstream music (which I normally don't especially embrace) with such fun, light, and yet interesting lyrics, boosted by songs which don't sound like each other.

I did not give this cd a 5 out of 5 because I reserve those for elite of the elite classics, such as Dandy Warhols Tales..., Beach Boys Pet Sounds, or etc. I'd give it a solid 4 or 4.5 - outstanding. If you like Scissor Sisters too, you'll love this equally as well.
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EKD

This CD rocks!
This CD is a perfect listen with lyrics that you won't find anywhere else and a great sound! I hear something new and amazing with each listen. Fastastic album, can't wait for more!
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