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"Things To Ruin" The Songs of Joe Iconis (Original Cast Recording) 2 Discs

"Things To Ruin" The Songs of Joe Iconis (Original Cast Recording) 2 Discs

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Things To Ruin is an incendiary collection of songs by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis (writer of the rock musicals The Black Suits and Bloodsong of Love).

Directed by John Simpkins, Things To Ruin is a theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don’t have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Performed by a cast of viciously talented young singers and a highly flammable four- piece band led by Joe himself, Things To Ruin rocks with an occasionally profane and always heartfelt explosion of music and high drama. Things To Ruin has been seen at the Second Stage Theatre, The Zipper Factory, Joe’s Pub and Ars Nova.

Please note that this album contains explicit lyrics.

To inquire about sheet music or licensing Things to Ruin to perform at your school or theater, please email us at t2r[at]sh-k-boom.com.

Disc 1
1. I Was Born This Morning (The Cicada Song)1. I Was Born This Morning (The Cicada Song)
2. Mamma, Cut Me Deeper!
3. Nerd Love3. Nerd Love
4. The War Song4. The War Song
5. Good For You
6. Asleep On My Arm
7. Everybody's At The Bar (Without Me)
8. The Guide To Success
9. Head Shot
10. The Whiskey Song10. The Whiskey Song

Disc 2
1. Son of a Gun1. Son of a Gun
2. Dodge Ball
3. Albuquerque Anyway
4. Just Means
5. Helen
6. Honey6. Honey
7. The Bar Song7. The Bar Song
8. Almost There
9. Never Heard Nothing
10. I Was Born This Morning (Reprise)
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Music & Lyrics by: Joe Iconis
Directed by: John Simpkins
Executive Produced by:Kurt Deutsch & Sara Katz
Produced by: Ian  Kagey & Joe Iconis
Musical Supervision by: Matt Hinkley

Featuring Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Badia Farha, Sarah Glendening, Ian Kagey, Eric William Morris, Mike Pettry, Lance Rubin, Brent Stranathan, Jason “SweetTooth” Williams and Joe Iconis

Recorded February 28, 2010 at MSR Studios, NYC.  

"Songwriter Joe Iconis' deft ability to fuse an ear-catching melody with a driving beat and his decidedly offbeat worldview gets a fantastic showcase in this two-disc set. Whether he's spinning a quirky pickup song ("Nerd Girl" - complete with Scooby Doo references), a pungent musical soliloquy ("Mamma, Cut Me Deeper"), or a ballad laced with irony to disguise emotion ("Albuquerque Anyway"), Iconis' talents are unmistakable."
- Theatremania.com

“Humorous, vital music that kicks 1960’s-style pop tunefulness with hard post-punk beats. Joe Iconis recalls the excitement that surrounded Marc Shaiman, Jonathan Larson and Jason Robert Brown. I would call ‘Things To Ruin’ the beginning of something, except that it is already well underway.” - The New York Times

"The two-disc set of some of Joe Iconis's songs, presented in a theatrical setting, is an eclectic, entertaining, quirky bundle of dynamite. Of the scores I heard this year that have a pop-rock sound, this is the one I gravitate to for return visits after the initial rush of adrenalin and wake-up throttling that driving guitars and drums can give. There's more to this than youthful angst with lost souls soulfully wailing, although there is plenty of all that for sure. There is also the presence of wit, subversiveness, satire and surprising heart in portraits of lovers and losers and those who love those presumed to be losers. The restlessness, urgency and mix of hopefulness and hopelessness of 20-somethings is well captured in "I Was Born This Morning" ("The Cicada Song"), a group number that begins and ends the show. It's one of the songs that liberally uses profanity, normally a turn-off for me, but it seems so organic and natural to the tone and mindset, and is used casually and not hurled with ugliness. Leading the band as pianist, the songwriter also joins in the fun occasionally, notably with a purposely skewed-viewed commentary, "The Guide to Success."" - Read more on Talkin' Broadway

”Iconis seems hell-bent on finding all the commonly shared emotional moments that nobody else has yet set to music. It’s so much fun that it’s a little overwhelming – ‘transporting’ is probably the best word!” - Variety

“This bold and prolific musical theater writer, Joe Iconis isn’t just hot; he’s boiling. Things to Ruin is a revue of his bawdy and profane – and sometimes very poignant – songs.” - TheaterMania

“This stuff is feel-good, come-out-on-top-or-laugh-about-it-if-you-fail music” - The L Magazine

“Why the hell isn’t this man on Broadway already?” - Buzzline

Things To Ruin is an incendiary collection of songs by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis (writer of the rock musicals The Black Suits and Bloodsong of Love).

Directed by John Simpkins, Things To Ruin is a theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don’t have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Performed by a cast of viciously talented young singers and a highly flammable four- piece band led by Joe himself, Things To Ruin rocks with an occasionally profane and always heartfelt explosion of music and high drama. Things To Ruin has been seen at the Second Stage Theatre, The Zipper Factory, Joe’s Pub and Ars Nova.

Please note that this album contains explicit lyrics.

To inquire about sheet music or licensing Things to Ruin to perform at your school or theater, please email us at t2r[at]sh-k-boom.com.

Disc 1
1. I Was Born This Morning (The Cicada Song)1. I Was Born This Morning (The Cicada Song)
2. Mamma, Cut Me Deeper!
3. Nerd Love3. Nerd Love
4. The War Song4. The War Song
5. Good For You
6. Asleep On My Arm
7. Everybody's At The Bar (Without Me)
8. The Guide To Success
9. Head Shot
10. The Whiskey Song10. The Whiskey Song

Disc 2
1. Son of a Gun1. Son of a Gun
2. Dodge Ball
3. Albuquerque Anyway
4. Just Means
5. Helen
6. Honey6. Honey
7. The Bar Song7. The Bar Song
8. Almost There
9. Never Heard Nothing
10. I Was Born This Morning (Reprise)
Music & Lyrics by: Joe Iconis
Directed by: John Simpkins
Executive Produced by:Kurt Deutsch & Sara Katz
Produced by: Ian  Kagey & Joe Iconis
Musical Supervision by: Matt Hinkley

Featuring Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Badia Farha, Sarah Glendening, Ian Kagey, Eric William Morris, Mike Pettry, Lance Rubin, Brent Stranathan, Jason “SweetTooth” Williams and Joe Iconis

Recorded February 28, 2010 at MSR Studios, NYC.  

"Songwriter Joe Iconis' deft ability to fuse an ear-catching melody with a driving beat and his decidedly offbeat worldview gets a fantastic showcase in this two-disc set. Whether he's spinning a quirky pickup song ("Nerd Girl" - complete with Scooby Doo references), a pungent musical soliloquy ("Mamma, Cut Me Deeper"), or a ballad laced with irony to disguise emotion ("Albuquerque Anyway"), Iconis' talents are unmistakable."
- Theatremania.com

“Humorous, vital music that kicks 1960’s-style pop tunefulness with hard post-punk beats. Joe Iconis recalls the excitement that surrounded Marc Shaiman, Jonathan Larson and Jason Robert Brown. I would call ‘Things To Ruin’ the beginning of something, except that it is already well underway.” - The New York Times

"The two-disc set of some of Joe Iconis's songs, presented in a theatrical setting, is an eclectic, entertaining, quirky bundle of dynamite. Of the scores I heard this year that have a pop-rock sound, this is the one I gravitate to for return visits after the initial rush of adrenalin and wake-up throttling that driving guitars and drums can give. There's more to this than youthful angst with lost souls soulfully wailing, although there is plenty of all that for sure. There is also the presence of wit, subversiveness, satire and surprising heart in portraits of lovers and losers and those who love those presumed to be losers. The restlessness, urgency and mix of hopefulness and hopelessness of 20-somethings is well captured in "I Was Born This Morning" ("The Cicada Song"), a group number that begins and ends the show. It's one of the songs that liberally uses profanity, normally a turn-off for me, but it seems so organic and natural to the tone and mindset, and is used casually and not hurled with ugliness. Leading the band as pianist, the songwriter also joins in the fun occasionally, notably with a purposely skewed-viewed commentary, "The Guide to Success."" - Read more on Talkin' Broadway

”Iconis seems hell-bent on finding all the commonly shared emotional moments that nobody else has yet set to music. It’s so much fun that it’s a little overwhelming – ‘transporting’ is probably the best word!” - Variety

“This bold and prolific musical theater writer, Joe Iconis isn’t just hot; he’s boiling. Things to Ruin is a revue of his bawdy and profane – and sometimes very poignant – songs.” - TheaterMania

“This stuff is feel-good, come-out-on-top-or-laugh-about-it-if-you-fail music” - The L Magazine

“Why the hell isn’t this man on Broadway already?” - Buzzline

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