|Songs like "The Fifties Suck", "Elvis Was a Narc",
"Libyan on a Jet Plane" and "The Universal Adjective" (not to mention "I
Was a Froggy", the deadliest parody *ever*) deserve five stars.
Some of the spoken "comedy" on this disc deserves *no* stars.
So we'll compromise at four, 'cos you can skip the dumb stuff.
Pinkard & Bowden write brilliant parodies (among their titles "Blue
Hairs Drivin' in my Lane", "She Thinks I Steal Cars" and, my favourite of
their parodies "Music Industry" which skewers both "Islands in the Stream"
and the Nashville Establishment brilliantly) and almost- equally-brilliant
originals (of which you should try to track down "Dylan for Dollars").
This album collects some of each. "The Fifties Suck" carpet-bombs nostalgia
in general and the "Happy Days" kind in particular. "Libyan on a Jet Plane"
is completely tasteless and somewhat offensive and hilariously funny.
And "I was a Froggy"... well, i won't spoil it. I have seen strong men fall
down laughing when this song was played for the first time in their presence.
At one time P&B were working on re-issuing their earlier, vinyl-only
studio albums on CD, and one huge, nearly-complete compilation still pops
up occasonally on late-nite TV...
But, no matter what, you need this disc, if only for "Froggie" and
"Elvis was a Narc"
((Incidentally, the last three or four tracks are studio recordings,