Known for clever, original lyrics and a surprising variety of music styles, Neal Gladstone has developed an enthusiastic following in Pacific Northwest. Long-time fans return to Gladstone's concerts year after year to join the fun. Gladstone and his six-piece band have produced five CDs of satire, ballads, and rockers on subjects ranging from the joys of oatmeal, to the absurdities of politics, to the intricate battle of the sexes.
No subject, however strange or mundane, escapes his consideration. A thinking person's songwriter, Gladstone surprises his listeners with unexpected rhymes and melodies, and can turn the most ordinary subject into hilarious satire. Gladstone is also known for his weekly radio show, featuring his original music and comedy, that ran on Oregon Public Broadcasting radio, KLCC, and KUOW in Seattle. His music has been featured on NPR's 'All Things Considered' and 'Car Talk.'
You know the guy you can’t get rid of? Who won’t take a hint? Darkly humorous, Gladstone’s acerbic wit reveals what it feels like to be unwanted, disrespected, and left out. “Adhesive Steve, the guest who wouldn’t leave” is a character everyone recognizes, feels sorry for, and tries to avoid being. Mixed Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Sassy mid-tempo rocker with flirting male and female counterparts. He entices in clever puns, she resists until the end duet. Clean lyrics full of double-entendres. Fun, playful syntheizers, clean but sexy, compelling groove. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Blues style spoof with clever political lyrics. Tough, self-centered canine brags he’s the neighborhood stud, an American Dawg. Male lead, female backup vocals. “The neighborhood ladies, they know what I got. My nose may be cold but my blood is hot.”, Mixed Vocals, Comedy, Novelty Songs
Comfortable country song about simple pleasures, eating Mama’s red beans for dinner. Little boy’s viewpoint. Loving, farm family scene, typical kid drama between siblings, fun, sweet. Snappy electric guitar lead, solo male vocal, female backup vocals, folk guitar. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Love song parody, heart-broken musician grieves over his sad history with inept drummers and imagines ‘The drummer of my dreams. “He won’t be hostile, He won’t take drugs. He won’t drop cigarette butts on my rugs”
’ Male voice and piano. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
A pseudo-tragic lament about losing one’s hair by master parodist Neal Gladstone. Confessing his neglect, he begs his vanishing hair to return, promising “if you’ll forgive me and come back to stay, I’ll brush you and stroke you til you’re old and gray.” Hilarious and moving at the same time! Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Silly novelty song about a trip to the landfill with varying vocal styles, starts out with a slight whispering sound, then goes into full vocal mode. Story involves around a minor protest the singer hopes to turn into a major news media event. Musically adventurous, varying instruments and styles. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Hilarious, tongue-in-cheek Cabaret song warning about the need for "protection". Very much in the style of the famous "Jonathan and Darlene" comedy albums recorded by Jo Stafford and Paul Weston in the 1960s. Female Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
A swooning love song in praise of the Grapefuit, ‘the perfect golden jewel, succulent and cool wakens to your fond caress’. Sung by master parodist Neal Gladstone with female background vocal harmonies. Clever lyrics add faux reverence to the absurd rhapsody. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music