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40 Odd Years is a compilation box set by American singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, released on May 3, 2011 on Shout! Factory. The set contains music from throughout Wainwright's career, alongside a DVD of live performances and documentary pieces. The collection is co-produced and curated by filmmaker Judd Apatow, who also writes an introduction in the liner notes.[1]

40 Odd Years
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ReleasedMay 3, 2011
LabelShout! Factory

The album's fourth disc features both rare and unreleased tracks, including a newly recorded song for the collection, entitled "Dead Man".



Regarding filmmaker Judd Apatow's involvement in 40 Odd Years, Wainwright noted, "I would see him and he would say, "You gotta have a box!" And I'd say, "Yeah, sure, I agree." But because of his interest and his influence, he was able get together with the people at Shout! Factory and encouraged them to make it happen. And he was also quite involved from the creative side of things. I sent him my choices, and the DVD was pretty much created by him and his team. So, he's a very big part."[2]

Regarding the box set's track listing, Wainwright stated, "I've mourned over the kittens that have been put in the sack, that didn't make it into the box. That was an aspect that was difficult at that stage - choosing what could be included and what couldn't be included because there were digital space requirements. [...] I took one song off because it made my wife wince too much. I cut her some slack. It takes a lot to make me wince; as far as I'm concerned, bad taste is timeless. I like to wince. I like to think that people are going 'Eeeghegh!' I put one song on there that I never had the guts to put on a record - which was this song called "Laid" - so I thought, 'What the hell? I'm almost dead. I'll put it out there'."[3]

On the album's fourth disc of rarities, Wainwright included a duet with him and his ex-wife Kate McGarrigle, entitled "Weave Room Blues". Wainwright stated, "It seemed important to include something with the two of us: "Weave Room Blues' was the choice. [...] We were having a lot of fun. And that was what I wanted to convey with that choice, that we did have fun."[4]

Track listingEdit

Disc 1 (1969–1983)Edit

  1. School Days
  2. I Don't Care
  3. Uptown
  4. Be Careful There's A Baby In The House
  5. Saw Your Name In The Paper
  6. Dead Skunk
  7. New Paint
  8. Drinking Song
  9. The Swimming Song
  10. Dilated To Meet You
  11. Down Drinking At The Bar
  12. The Man Who Couldn't Cry
  13. Whatever Happened To Us?
  14. Crime Of Passion
  15. Kick In The Head
  16. Summer's Almost Over
  17. Just Like President Thieu
  18. Golfin’ Blues
  19. The Heckler
  20. Natural Disaster
  21. Red Guitar
  22. Hollywood Hopeful
  24. The Grammy Song

Disc 2 (1984–1995)Edit

  1. Westchester County
  2. I'm Alright
  3. Screaming Issue
  4. Unhappy Anniversary
  5. Your Mother And I
  6. Synchronicity
  7. Hard Day On The Planet
  8. You Don't Want To Know
  9. Bill Of Goods
  10. Thanksgiving
  11. Your Father's Car
  12. When I'm At Your House
  13. The Picture
  14. Men
  15. So Many Songs
  16. Tip That Waitress
  17. I'd Rather Be Lonely
  18. April Fool's Day Morn
  19. The Acid Song
  20. IWIWAL
  21. A Year
  22. Dreaming

Disc 3 (1996–2010)Edit

  1. So Damn Happy
  2. Primrose Hill
  3. Bein’ A Dad
  4. Four Mirrors
  5. It's Love And I Hate It
  6. Christmas Morning
  7. Pretty Good Day
  8. White Winos
  9. Bed
  10. Surviving Twin
  11. The Shit Song
  12. Between
  13. My Biggest Fan
  14. When You Leave
  15. Make Your Mother Mad
  16. Daughter
  17. Grey In L.A.
  18. Muse Blues
  19. Motel Blues
  20. The Deal
  21. Rowena
  22. High Wide & Handsome

Disc 4 (Rare and Unreleased)Edit

  1. Weave Room Blues (with Kate McGarrigle)
  2. McSorley's
  3. Black Uncle Remus (demo)
  4. Funny Having Money
  5. The Hardy Boys At The Y (with The Boys Of The Lough)
  6. Laid (live)
  7. Outsidey (live)
  8. That Cat
  9. Surfin’ Queen (demo)
  10. Newt
  11. 4X10 (live)
  12. Somethin’ Stupid (with Barry Humphries)
  13. The Miles (live)
  14. So Good So Far (live)
  15. Big Fish
  16. No Sure Way
  17. Hey There 2nd Grader
  18. More I Cannot Wish You
  19. Florida (Lucky You)
  20. Hank & Fred (live)
  21. Your Eyes (demo)
  22. Dead Man
  23. At The End Of A Long Lonely Day (with Suzzy Roche)

Disc 5 (DVD: Filmed Performances)Edit

  1. One Man Guy - 1993 Dutch television documentary
  2. BBC4 Sessions: Loudon Wainwright: One Man Guy - Filmed at Bush Hall, London, on May 2, 2005 - 4 Song
  3. Loudon Wainwright III at The BBC - Aired on September 23, 2005 - 11 Songs
  4. Dead Man - Filmed on May 24, 2010; recording session documentary
  5. Entertainment Desk - Aired on Canadian television in 1995 - 1 Song with Martha Wainwright
  6. High Wide & Handsome – The Charlie Poole Project - Filmed in 2009 for documentary on making of album
  7. The Basement - Filmed in Sydney, Australia in 2008 - 1 Song with Lucy Wainwright Roche
  8. Austin City Limits - 5 Songs
  9. Saturday Night Live - Aired on NBC on November 15, 1975 - 2 Songs
  10. The Garfield House - Filmed on May 24, 2010 - 6 Songs
  11. 826LA Benefit - Filmed on January 16, 2007 - 2 Songs
  12. PBS Soundstage - Aired on February 2, 1977 - 1 Song
  13. McCabe's Guitar Shop - Filmed on February 3, 2007 - 1 Song
  14. The Mike Douglas Show - Aired on April 25, 1978 - Interview and 1 Song
  15. Nightline - Aired on ABC on June 22, 2005 - 1 Song
  16. Carrott Confidential - Aired on BBC on February 14, 1987 - 1 Song


  1. ^ Randy Lewis (2011-02-15). "Loudon Wainwright III box set '40 Odd Years' coming in May; co-produced by Judd Apatow". p. m. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
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