From January to March of 2005 I had the pleasure of spending almost 140 hours locked in a room with this mad genius editing and mixing "Dane Cook, Retaliation."
It was a job I almost turned down: "I am a composer, not a comedy editor and mixer!" I thought. "I stopped doing that type of work years ago!"
But then I listened to Dane's first album, "Harmful, if Swallowed," and my attitude changed. I nearly died laughing, but moreover, I could hear the music in Dane's comedy. I jumped into the project wholeheartedly.
When Dane, his manager Brian, and I were working on the material all I knew was that we were having a "blasty" doing the best work we could. I was not prepared for the eventual result.
The CD debuted at
#4 on the pop charts, just behind Mariah Carey and
outselling the current releases of Babyface, Coldplay and R. Kelly.
The CD went Gold in one week. The last time a comedy album opened
to these types of numbers it was Steve Martin's "Wild and
Crazy Guy" in 1979. As of April, 2007, "Retaliation" is certified
The entire time Dane and I were working together we were commenting on the way good music and comedy often share a sense of rhythm and pacing. Based on the reception the CD is getting, maybe we were right.
I invite you to check out the CD at your local record store or you can click here to preview or buy it on iTunes.