This is the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed "relationship seminar musical" Pop Psychology, which ran in Chicago for 5 years between 2002 and 2007, in several venues including the Mercury Theater, Schubas, and its longest home, Davenport's. The show was directed by Michael Starcevich, produced at times by Darren Cole, and co-starred stellar pianists Steve Kouba and Taylor Nash. It also received endless support, lighting, sound, etc. from Mike Mooney.
Please note: Tracks 3, 13, and 15 also appear on Encyclopedia, Vol. 1
Critical praise for the album:
"2002 ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Funny... poignant... touching. Rogers seems to embody John Lennon mixed with early David Bowie and a bit of Tom Lehrer thrown in. The lyrics are intelligent, witty, deft, and revelatory." —Chicago Arts & Entertainment
"Really fun, and best of all musically interesting." —Richard Milne, WXRT
Critical praise for the show:
"Genuinely fresh and funny... a much more worthwhile show than its national equivalents."—Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Hilarious!" —Today's Chicago Woman
"The original pop tunes and the humor come fast and furious... 'Pop Psychology' is filled with both cheeky observations about the self-help genre and catchy melodies you'll hum all the way home." —Chicago Sun-Times, RECOMMENDED
"Side-splitting humor!" —Citytalk
"Picture Paul Simon channeling Dr. Phil and you get the gist of Tony Rogers's self-help sing-along... The original score is reminiscent of the melodious, twisted tunes of They Might Be Giants, only sweeter. The jokes are giggleworthy, and Rogers's warm, easy pop style makes it hard not to smile and sing along." —Chicago Reader (CRITIC'S CHOICE)
"I enjoyed the show especially because not only was it funny, it was touching too. Tony Rogers' music and lyrics reflect the buoyancy of intimacy as well as the heartache. This strikes me as honest and admirable." —Ben Hollis, Ben Around Town
"I've been listening to Tony and his band The Good grow increasingly better at their craft of being pop musicians, but nothing really indicated to me that Tony would be out with a disc this good, and a performance that's... it's extraordinary. I laughed, I cried, I sang along. The show is sharp, well paced and brings the audience in without pandering. Unlike most concerts I've seen lately, I'd attend this again!" —Richard Milne, WXRT
2002 CABARET SHOW OF THE YEAR. "The songs are hilarious... You can't help but laugh out loud and feel good. This is a show you shouldn't miss!" —Chicago Arts & Entertainment
released December 1, 2002
The album was written and performed by Tony Rogers. It was recorded by Scott Ramsayer, who also played piano. It also features John Goodman (drums), Dave Rothkopf (bass), Tad Santos (bass), Michael Daly (bowed bass), Steve Rogowski (cello), Chad Gifford (violin), Susan Voelz (violin), Derek Walvoord (viola), Linwood Ma (trumpet), Eric Hughes (trombone), Troy Marble (tuba), John Scholvin (guitar), Amanda Davis (walkie talkie), and a chorus of: Devin Arkin, Dave Calzaretta, Liam Davis, Larry O. Dan, Derek Fawcett, Jacquie Krupka, Angela & Michael LaVista, Linwood Ma, WC Mericle, Dan Myers, Sarah Reinert, Kim Revere, Pam Richardson, John Scholvin, and Tilney Sheldon. Strings and horns were recorded by Michael DeAngelis, the chorus was recorded by Dave Rothkopf and Mike Mooney.