Stephen Lynch Biography
Stephen Lynch has enraged the witless and convulsed the enlightened…all in the sweetest tone of voice, with the most sensitive guitar picking on record since Gordon Lightfoot. He thinks of himself as a serious singer/songwriter and his inspirations, when he began playing guitar and writing songs, were people like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.
"I've always admired people who can tell a story with a simple song," he explains. "You don't need much more than a guitar or a piano and a voice. That's what I've responded to, even when I was a kid. Even now, I like to think that both Joni and I are expressing some sort of truth -- hers might be just a little deeper, that's all."
In fact, while he was growing up in the suburbs of Saginaw, Michigan, Lynch showed no sign of eventually becoming the neo-folk bête noire. He was a regular sort, into sports for a while, always drawn to music, vaguely aware of the great comedians but not especially fascinated by them. His first dream was to act: In high school he did the usual productions -- Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof. He played some piano and every now and then tried to write a song -- none of them, at that point, a portent of impending derangement.
At Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Lynch stayed on the acting track as a drama major. But at some point the door toward a life devoted to "sitting around the house, making my stoned friends laugh as hard as possible” cracked open. Maybe it was that time he saw Spinal Tap and came away a changed, if somewhat damaged, young man. It was there that he started to write songs.
"'Lullaby' was the first song I wrote where I felt like, 'Wow, I nailed it!' I don't want to say that people can relate to it -- actually, you kind of hope that nobody can relate to it. But it seemed to me that the style had become subtler. And I saw how to set a course at the beginning, turn ninety degrees, and then once you think you know what's going on, turn it around again. That's pretty much how I've worked ever since then."
Armed with 'Lullaby' and some other twisted material, Lynch hauled his guitar down to Catch A Rising Star for its weekly "Big, Bad Music Show." "I got a bigger response from those seven people in the audience than I'd gotten with other songs from a crowd of fifty. I went, 'Okay, now I know what I'm doing. I think I've got it from here."
Since that night in 1996 Lynch been writing prolifically, performing exhaustively -- at first around New York but within a few years on nightclub and college tours throughout America.
His radio appearances have become the stuff of legend ("He's radio gold," Greg Hughes, a.k.a. Opie of The Opie and Anthony Show, told The New York Times.) He blew the lid off of Comedy Central Presents in 2000 by racking up higher ratings than almost every other episode of the show. Then came the CDs: A Little Bit Special (2000), recorded in a Brooklyn basement, snatched up with no discernible promotion by thousands of fans, and labeled "an instant comedy classic" by CD-Now, and Superhero (2002), a pastiche of recordings made live at five different gigs around New York.
Which takes us to Live at the El Rey -- the first complete document of a "typical" Stephen Lynch performance. It's a bare stage -- stool, water -- and Lynch with his guitar. Put another way, Live at the El Rey grabs that door that Lynch pried open in college, rips it off its hinges, and pushes him through on his way to wider notoriety. It's packed with all the comic essentials -- herpes, abortion, creepy Catholic priests, all of it delivered with a pristine guitar style and a vocal range that manages to evoke both Jeff Buckley and "Stonehenge."
It's music. It's insane. It's a guy you wouldn't mind your sister dating … unless, of course, he’s…. (check out "Best Friend's Song"). Simply, it's Stephen Lynch. And he isn't going away.
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Stephen Lynch=Genius | Reviewer: Lorraine | 4/23/10
I first came across Mr.Lynch about six months ago now. I was attending an open mic night at my local pub and the guys running it were doing some Stephen Lynch songs. I don't think I ever laughed so much in my life. They told me afterwards about the great Mr Lynch, I went home and looked him up on youtube. Six months later I have his albums and I've seen him live.
I think Stephen is not only a truly gifted singer and songwriter, but also a gifted comdedian. It's an amazing thing to be able to make people laugh and if I ever met Stephen Lynch, I would shake his hand and thank him for the endless hours of fun and laughter his talent has made possible.
Consider Him.. | Reviewer: A Sinner saved by Grace | 12/30/09
I read one of songs,I was very saddened by your hatered for the Lord Jesus.
You know he loves you,he died for you and he wants you to turn to him and give him your heart.God's free gift of Salvation.
What do you have to loose?well..forgiveness.If you choose not to believe,thats your choice,you will spend eternity in Hell.Perhaps you may sometime ask the Lord to show you the way,I promise you he will.
"He that believeth on the Son(Jesus)has everlasting life and he that does not believe shall not see life,but the wrath of God abideth on him"John3:36 It's no joke!
A FAN | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/08
The person who put the comment about liking Stephen for his voice not his lyrics....the voice not the lyrics, the voice, not the lyrics...the voice...and on and on. Its either a joke or she is some kind of psycho stalker. I am a true admirer for his lyrics and voice and that all! I cracked up hard at this first Comedy Central special and have been looking forward to more and at last another special. My fave songs are 'If I were Gay' and 'I only like black girls' and 'Are you a Nazi baby?'. I watched the dvd of his performance at the El Rey, it was ok. I prefer to watch him in a larger venue. Keep up the good work Stephen!
comment to the last comment. | Reviewer: just someone | 12/27/07
Okay, here is the thing (I am talking to the female.. Or male? fan of Mr. Lynch, who wrote a comment earlier).
You are right. He has a very unique voice, indeed. But please, the guy is happily married and I wish for you to get a life. No harm intended, it's just.. Poor Stephen. I so liked the comment in the beginning, until your started with that "I'm in love with you"-crap. It is okay to think, that an artist is hot and has a fantastic voice and a great talent for music and songwriting, like I think of the dear Mr. Lynch.
But that's it.. Don't give him your fucking number. Maybe his wife is insanely jealous. She might be on her way over to kick your ass in this very moment. So who ever you are... Drop it. He is a star, yes, but he has a life. PERSONALLIFE..
your voice | Reviewer: nikki | 12/9/07
I was just trying to figure out how to e-mail you....your voice is beautiful...regardless of the lyrics if that makes sense...I sing operatic and have an appreciation of all voices that have beauty...I have listened to your songs...not your lyrics...but your voice....it is beautiful...I am someone who would if you give a chance...could love you for that alone...I am very very loyal...and your voice...not your lyrics...could make me fall in love with you completely....I could be whatever it is you would wish me to be if you gave me a chance...my number is 318-455-3986 and my address is 4207 evelyn street...your voice alone would make me whatever you would wish...not your lyrics your voice...if you would love for me to prove myself...give me a call...I have searched ways to e-mail you..your voice speaks to me in a way you would never understand...if you would just sing to me...I would be whatever you wished me to be...
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