Stranger than Fiction (compilation album)

Stranger Than Fiction is an album by various performers, most of whom are professional writers and amateur singers, released in 1998 on Kathi Kamen Goldmark's "Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records. This album is an offshoot of the Rock Bottom Remainders, aka the Wrockers ("writer" + "rocker").

The artists on Stranger Than Fiction include not only many of the Remainders, such as bestselling authors Stephen King, Amy Tan and Dave Barry, but also rock critics Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres and Greil Marcus, film critic Leonard Maltin and such literary heavyweights as Norman Mailer and Maya Angelou. Warren Zevon contributed liner notes and a variety of famous musicians played on the tracks, including Zevon, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Proceeds from this project were contributed to a variety of charities promoting literature and literacy.

Track listing

Disc 1

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Bo Diddley" Stephen King with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter  
2. "Jungle Hop" Amy Tan and Kathi Kamen Goldmark, with Wonderbuns Murphy, James W. Hall and Tony Goldmark  
3. "Alimony Blues" Norman Mailer  
4. "Proofreading Woman" Dave Barry  
5. "Right Said Fred" Maya Angelou and Jessica Mitford  
6. "Roly Poly" Roy Blount, Jr., with Jim Campilongo and the Ten-Gallon Cats  
7. "I Want To Eat" Oscar Hijuelos  
8. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Cynthia Robins and Billy Philadelphia  
9. "Act Naturally" Leonard Maltin with Meg Mackay  
10. "Rave On" Bob Greene  
11. "Steamroller Blues" Susanne Pari  
12. "Double Shot of My Baby's Love" Sandra Choron, Roger Clark, KK Goldmark, Dian Langlois, Bud E. Luv, Greil Marcus, Susanne Pari, Gail Parenteau, Faith Sale, Joel Selvin, and Amy Tan  
13. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Molly Ivins, with Jimmy LaFave, Jerry Jeff Walker and friends  
14. "Chain Gang" Robert Reich  
15. "On the Good Ship Lollipop" Tomie dePaola, with Harry Choron and Adaire Elizabeth Kamen  
16. "Stand by Me" Stephen King, with Warren Zevon  

Disc 2

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Rainy Day Bookstores" Ben Fong-Torres  
2. "Hot Rod Lincoln" Blanche McCrary Boyd  
3. "Tupperware Blues" Dave Barry  
4. "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" Peggy Orenstein  
5. "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" Leonard Maltin with the Android Sisters  
6. "Johnny Get Angry" Walter M. Mayes  
7. "These Boots Are Made for Walking" Amy Tan  
8. "Happy Birthday, Mitzi Gaynor" Molly Ivins, Bob Livingston and Jerry Jeff Walker, with Ron Erwin, KK Goldmark, Tony Goldmark, John Inmon, Jimmy LaFave, Wonderbuns Murphy, Glenn Schuetz, and the Tourettes  
9. "Wall of Death" Louis B. Jones, with Kevin Griffin and Nion McEvoy  
10. "You'll Come Back, You Always Do" Norris Church Mailer  
11. "Wild Thing" Critical Mess, featuring Roy Blount, Jr., and Dave Marsh, with Lou Aronica, Marc Barasch, The Chorelles, Tom Dupree, Tony Goldmark, Matt Groening, and Peter Schneider  
12. "Busted" Mary Mackey  
13. "Proud Mary" Tananarive P. Due, with Warren Zevon and the Tananarettes  
14. "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" Damn Right I Got the Blues, featuring Ken Follett, with Graham Coster, Richard Gillinson, Anthony Harwood, Cefyn Jones, and Marie-Claire Follett  
15. "Hit The Road Jack" Digby Diehl and Kay Diehl  
16. "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" Stephen King and Kathi Kamen Goldmark  


"Rainy Day Bookstores" is a parody of Bob Dylan's song "Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35".


  1. ^ "Wrockers, The—Stranger Than Fiction". Retrieved 24 March 2015.

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