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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" -GEORGE CARLIN- -"CARLIN"S KIDS " FEATURING THE ALBUM "OCCUPATION FOOLE" BY GEORGE CARLIN IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 61 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES

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“Captain Billy’s Magic 8 Ball”- George Carlin- Featuring The LP “Occupation Foole” In High Definition

With Narrative By The Captain Himself!

“CARLIN’S KIDS

OCCUPATION: FOOLE by George Carlin (Little David, 1973)

We’re mixin’ it up here: 8 tracks encompass a diverse number of genres: classical, jazz, country, easy listening, and of course, Rock – which has taken up the lion’s share of space on my shelves. However, I have noticed that I also have accumulated a few comedy carts, and this one is especially precious. With Judd Apatow’s monumental 2 part documentary on the life of this important American humorist currently airing on HBO Max, I thought it was a good time to share it.

I was too young for Lenny Bruce – George Carlin and Richard Pryor were my lodestars, and when this recording was made I was in college – the PERFECT time to appreciate it’s seditious contents. George was riding high (figuratively, and literally); he admits that he had fallen off the wagon and was coked up to the gills, and says you can tell by the angles of his body in the cover photos how sick he was. But, fascinatingly, in the middle of the follow up bit to his iconic “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say On Television” routine, entitled “Filthy Words,” he is handed a paper letting him know he just won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the preceding years’s record AM & FM. The intellectually voluble comic is left temporarily speechless, before launching back into his monologue.

For most of this record he is slurring, almost talking to himself, but still hilarious – Gales of laughter echo every muttered aside. The crowd is right with him as he skis slalom down a musically comic slope, throwing snatches of overheard conversation, advertising detritus, and homegrown philosophy at lightning speed. This album can bear repeated listenings.

As the documentary demonstrates, as George got older he got much much darker, and more acridly biting in his societal diatribes. This recording gives us a kinder, gentler Carlin at the summit of his success – but still capable of a barbed, politically aimed zinger. In the routine “Cute Little Farts” he observes that America is an anal-retentive nation, led by Richard Nixon, who looks like “he hasn’t taken a shit in a month.” An astute sociological observation, stingingly delivered.


By Rich Buckland 06/14/2022 01:05 PM

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