Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks- Dangerous
Bill Hicks- Relentless
Bill Hicks- Arizona Bay
Bill Hicks- Rant In E Minor
Bill Hicks- Flying Saucer Tour Vol. I

I’ve mentioned it before- in terms of this project, comedy records are the most time-consuming for me. Having ‘em on as white noise in the background defeats the purpose. They’ve got to be on and commanding my full attention. The prospect of listening to five comedy albums in a row has loomed over me for a week or so- I’ve been putting it off.

I’m not going to lie- listening to Bill Hicks’ discography has been difficult. Not because of the time or attention it takes, but because he’s still right about so much stuff and because he’s gone. Since his death from pancreatic cancer, so much more stuff in this country has become fucked up- it makes the mid-nineties look mellow in comparison. Who’s telling it like it is these days, who’s calling people on their bullshit? Dennis Miller has flip-flopped and become a complete shill, all Denis Leary ever did was steal Hicks’ smoking bits, and Chris Rock isn’t anywhere near as political. Jon Stewart is the closest that I can think of, and he’s still light years away from being as angry, articulate, and fucking visionary as Hicks was back in the day. These routines don’t just hold up- they should be held up, so that everyone can see that comedy can be a tool as well as a source of entertainment. Hicks would have so much to say about the state of affairs today.

If you don’t know who this guy is, please do yourself a favor and check him out. End of rant, thank you.

MIX TAPE: Your Children Aren’t Special


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