Flying Saucer Tour Vol 1 captures Hicks in magnificently combative form, spurred to spectacular heights by a crowd he takes exception to--"the worst audience I've ever faced", he jeers at them after 15 minutes, before going on to accuse them of responding to his routine like "a dog that's been shown a card trick". His hostility is strange--it certainly sounds like they're laughing--but it brings out the best in him. Many of the bits here will be familiar to Hicks fans--his ruminations on smoking, the Gulf War, drugs and pornography--but they were never delivered better than this. --Andrew Mueller
It's also very, very good. Recorded in Pittsburgh in 1991, this is almost a complete show, rather than a recording edited together from several shows. It starts off with Bill in a relaxed mood but, as the show progresses, the audience don't come with him on some of the more "far out" topics he discusses and - YES! - he gets mad.
The fact that 3 of the tracks are called "VS the Audience" should give you some idea. However, unlike some of the more agressive material available from Hicks, Bill manages to reign in the rants and prove, once again, that he is the voice of common sense. From subjects as diverse as the Gulf War, pornography, drugs, the F-word, smoking and the media, he punctures myths and stamps out double standards. That he can do this while being the most hilarious stand-up comedian you have ever heard is a testament to his genius.
It's not often that a performer will lay himself bare in front of an audience and tell it like it is. For this Bill was, and still is, indispensable.
Basically, buy it - it will make your life better.
"How much do you smoke a day sir? Two packs? Pussy. I go through two lighters a day dude, alright so - two packs? You're like a health nut to me"
Sure you get your usual Bill Hicks, the little dark poet who philosiphises, gesticulates, and generally points his finger at the world and says "you're wrong, I'm right get over it". But on this album you get a little something extra, you get a full uncut show where Bill argues with the audience, apologises for the fact that he's sick of everything, and proceeds to tell te crowd that they are about to "win the award for being the worst audience ever, ever, ever". Listen to Bill cut down hecklers in their stride, on what he liked to call his "flying saucer tour" which basically involves him making random appearances in small backwater american towns, just like UFO's. This is Bill Hicks at his best, my only regret is that living in England, I never got chance to see the poet, magician, and self proclaimed "weaver" that was Bill Hicks. You should buy this just for the fact that you get to see Bill's interaction with the audience, and just how evil he could be to them. A great album, and a must for any hardcore Hicks fan
Hicks wasn't your ordinary comedian. He didn't do the whole "family" bit or "relationship" bit. No, he tackled edgy and controversial topics without any fear. It's subtle, and yet very refreshing and original. His comedy and sense of humor is dark and sarcastic, but it's all executed perfectly. Bill Hicks was a great talent to admire. There was no end to his brilliant mind.
"Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" took place in Pittsburg, PA on June 20th, 1991. He talks about drugs, the gulf war, President Bush, smoking, working, the news, the media, and much more.
The great thing about this album is you get to hear the whole act, with the exception of the end. You get to hear the man every step of the way, and see just how cool and calm he can be when the audience doesn't appear to "get him" in the beginning. You get to experience him gradually winning the crowd over as the time goes by without breaking a sweat. The best is when he actually interacts a bit with the crowd when he feels that they're not laughing like they should be. It's really a great thing to hear.
Although the whole album is great, my favourite bits are "the f-word," "smoking," "trying to quit," "are you guys drug dealers?," "school days," "Beelzebozo," and "great times on drugs." All of the "vs. the audience" tracks are also hilarious.
It sounds like there will be more of these types of albums coming out.... Read more ›
But this recording seems to have caught him on a bad day. It's not especially funny and shows him in a foul, audience baiting mood. Read more
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