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The Arrogant Worms

The Arrogant Worms are not a conventional folk band; the witty and sometimes very black humor of their lyrics should entitle them to carry the title "Canada's secret weapon number one." In order to enjoy the full bandwidth of these "purveyors of the absurd and ambassadors of fun" (in their own words), it is absolutely necessary to have seen a live performance, as they are also perfect showmen, just listening to their recording does not prove sufficient. Whereas the humor of other acts usually becomes dull, stale, or simply stupid over the years, the Arrogant Worms have managed to remain refreshingly funny and witty throughout the decade of the '90s. Their obvious non-presence in the usual commercial comedy schlock just points the more to the quality of their satire. About their being Canadian, they sing for example: "It's not that we are better, it's just that we're less worse." (from "Proud to Be a Canadian").

The initial band lineup consisting of Trevor Strong, Mike McCormick, John Whytock, and Steve Wood was formed in 1990 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, where all of the bandmembers were studying. Originally they had occasionally written songs and sketches for the local university campus radio; as the ideas did not dry up, they decided to form a permanent group. At their first live performances in Kingston, Ontario, the Arrogant Worms received an overwhelming response from their audiences. This was clearly a sign that witty humor was in demand and the band occupied a successful niche. During this time, the group was also discovered by the Canadian state-sponsored CBC radio station, which gave them continuous airplay.

In 1992, they released their first album, The Arrogant Worms, on their own independent distribution label. The album turned out to be a success throughout Canada; songs like "Don't Go Into Politics" or "Jesus' Brother Bob" guaranteed them a place in the pantheon of biting humor. Steve Wood left the band after the release of their debut and they carried on as a trio, releasing Russell's Shorts in 1994. With "Carrot Juice Is Murder," this second album produced another classic which is sung by fans by heart during live concerts. The release of C'est Cheese in 1995 saw the addition of bass player Chris Patterson to the lineup. Shortly afterwards, however, John Whytock left the band and the Worms, as they are affectionately called by their fans, were a trio again. The live set Live Bait from 1997 caught some of the hilarious atmosphere of their stage performances, and in the same year, The Arrogant Worms presented on their fans' tables a wicked little Christmas present: their fourth regular studio release Christmas Turkey -- track titles like "Santa's Gonna Kick Your A**," "Christmas Sucks," or "Daddy Threw Up on Christmas Day" speak for themselves. In 1999, they released the funny Dirt, expanding their satirical targeting to Canada's schmaltz pop queen and multi-million export hit Céline Dion.

At an Arrogant Worms concert on February 26, 2000, in Kansas City, a reverend from a local Baptist church circulated leaflets calling the group "satanic examples of the perverted culture" from the "cancerous blob of putrid matter atop the U.S." Chris Patterson commented this event sarcastically: "We're not worried. If they're really Christian, they won't kill anyone." By the end of the '90s, the group had sold about 60,000 copies of their albums -- an impressive number for an independent comedy folk act. These sales numbers were also the result of constant touring, on average four months of the year, and playing small-town theatres and folk festivals, as well as a continuous appearance on CBC radio. ~ Frank Eisenhuth
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Toast!

1. Life On The Road

2. "I Like Toast"

3. New Car Smell

4. "Waltz, Waltz, Walt's"

5. Hot Dog Song

6. Little Cuban Friend

7. I Am Not American

8. "Allies Land In Normandy"

9. The Golf Song

10. "All The Lego In Scandinavia"

11. I Pulled My Groin

12. "So Disappointed By You All"

13. Bottle Of Booze

14. "Circulation Man"

15. Head In The Freezer

16. The Monkey Song

17. "Take Your Shirt Off"

18. Particle Board

19. Shipwreck Balladeer

20. The Coffee Song

21. "We're Very Ethnic"

22. Trip To Greece

23. Wolfe Island Ferry

24. "Thank You Very Much"

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Track List: Semi-Conducted

1. Overture

2. Big Fat Road Manager

3. Canada's Really Big

4. Rocks And Trees

5. Log In To You

6. I Am Cow

7. Last Saskachewan Pirate

8. Gaelic Song

9. Me Like Hockey

10. Carrot Juice Is Murder

11. Dangerous

12. Billy The Theme Park Shark

13. Celine Dion

14. We Are The Beaver

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Track List: Beige

1. Pressure Washer

2. Go To Sleep Little Leech

3. Twins

4. The Guy With Computer Know-How

5. I.B.S.

6. Ezra Eats

7. Security Guard

8. The Ballad Of Edna And Ida

9. Mime Abduction

10. Hernia Belt

11. Canadaman

12. Teenage Angst

13. The Prescription Drug Song

14. Dumb Guys

15. Brian's Balls

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Track List: Gift Wrapped!: The Best Of

1. A Man Has Needs

3. Boy Band

5. Big Fat Road Manager

6. Carrot Juice is Murder

7. The Happy Happy Birthday Song

8. Me Like Hockey

9. Idiot Road

10. Christmas is Almost Here

11. Log In To You

12. I Am Cow

13. Celine Dion

14. Let There Be Guns

15. Rippy The Gator

16. Santa's Gonna Kick Your A**

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Track List: Idiot Road

1. Idiot Road

2. Boy Band

3. We Are The Beaver

4. Baby Poo

5. Fuzzy Dice

6. I Ran Away

7. Trichinosis

8. Billy The Theme Park Shark

9. Stalker Girl

10. Worst Seat On The Plane

11. Really Scary

12. Drink With Me

13. Mrs. Catto Loves Her Budgie

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Track List: Russell's Shorts

1. Tokyo Love Song

2. Carrot Juice Is Murder

3. Rippy The Gator

4. Killer Robots From Venus

5. Having Fun Is Bad For You

6. The Fishing Song

7. William Shakespeare's In My Cat

8. A Night On Dildo

9. The Last Sensitive Cowboy

10. Losing Hair Under God

11. Big Fat Road Manager

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Track List: Dirt!

1. A Man Has Needs

2. Steel Drivin' Man

3. Great To Be A Nerd

4. Celine Dion

5. Rocks And Trees

6. Gaelic Song

7. Wong's Chinese Buffet

8. I Am Cow

9. Johnny Came Home Headless

10. Heimlich Maneuver

11. Scary Ned

12. Sponges

13. Log In To You

14. Winnebago

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Track List: Live Bait

1. Jesus' Brother Bob

2. The Mountie Song

3. Canada's Really Big

4. Me Like Hockey

5. Proud To Be Canadian

6. Malcolm

7. TV Weather Guy

8. The Ballad Of Dan

9. Carfull Of Pain

10. Mounted Animal Nature Trail

11. Carrot Juice Is Murder

12. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate

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Track List: C'est Cheese

1. Sam, The Guy From 'Quincy'

2. Kill The Dog Next Door

3. Lonely Lab Of Broken Hearts

4. Sex, Drugs & RRSPs

5. History Is Made By Stupid People

6. My Voice Is Changing

7. Proud To Be A Banker

8. Horizon

9. The Happy Happy Birthday Song

10. Dangerous

11. The Mountie Song

12. Dog Food Woman

13. Mounted Animal Nature Trail

14. A Real Letter From A Real Yahoo

15. Let There Be Guns

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rainbowkidst i e d y e
Yay I love them


Hey dude I'm a crow
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rainbowkidst i e d y e
Sweet so much fun
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dalemarcher1
These guys are hilarious
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Or you citing that was umzig
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Feel same way ordering coffee.
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chomp chomp chomp
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You know that u will be kissed by the love of your life crap yeah I wasn't kissed nor did I die after not posting :P
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This song is so old they need to cut it off it is just so dumb.
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this song is soooooôöuòio
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sophia.atlas
U will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the luv of your life and post this on 5 other songs and in 143 min if u don't then u will die in two days after u do that press f6 and your Luvs name will appear in the screen scary cuz it actually worx
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wait, we (the usa) pushed the war of 1812 I thought....
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And how f**king stupid they are
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Canadians are known for their sense of humor.
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carrot juice is murder
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debbiefagan7
Pressure washer. Awesome!
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I like this band a lot they have funny songs
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faerieprince s s 8 7
From the bio about a Baptist preacher calling them satanic, I'm a Christian. And I think these guys are freakin' hilarious! And I'm not even Canadian! Last Saskachewan Pirate is super funny, and The Gaelic Song makes my sister laugh like crazy.
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A friend of mine put the Happy Happy Birthday song on a mixtape for my 15th birthday gift. It was pretty great. =D I'll have to check out some other songs by them.
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3 words: me like hockey
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gothicwarpri n c e
i've forgiven Canada for a very long time.

of course, listening to Arrogant Worms helps.
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cmanswanner
lol i am only 13 so i wasnt aware of the war lol
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gothicwarpri n c e
CANADIAN HUMOR! thats why!
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Why should we forgive Canada? They had a right to burn the white house. I would have done the same and I'm the from the US.
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texvercigam
Canada rocks, worms rock,
and America should forgive Canada for the war of 1812.
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The Worms rock!!!
They make me forgive Canada, a little bit.

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