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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Rock 'N' Roll Comedian, 24 Jan 2011
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As a massive Bill Hicks geek, I've always found it somehow ill-fitting that people call him the 'Rock 'N' Roll comedian'. Yes - he's dark & into his Rock, but it's like the sobroquet was stolen from another comic just to be pinned on him by others...

The good news is that Sam Kinison *is* the original Rock 'N' Roll comedian, from which Bill Hicks got many of his best ideas. He is brash, loud, offensive & not in the least bit intellectual - the perfect Rock 'N' Roll comic!

This CD consists of a 1988 performance in Orlando, Florida. Some of the references are a little dated although the experience of Sam Kinison in his prime is like no other comic & leaves you lamenting the fact he's gone.

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To give you an idea of his comedy, here's a track listing:

1. 'Rock Against Drugs' - Sam's take on the (then) new Drink Driving laws & 'Rock against drugs' - "It's like having Christians against Christ!"

2. 'Rubber Love' - Sam takes great offence at the idea of wearing rubbers all cos 2 guys got bored & took to monkeys. Has a really funny bit where he yells "Guys, do we like rubbers???" (Crowd as one responds "No!!!") "We ******* hate 'em!!!!".
3. 'The story of Jim (Bakker)' - Has the added irony that no-one nowadays knows who he is, even though Sam insists the story was broadcast across 170 countries! Imagine Ted Haggard. But worse.
4. 'Robo-Pope' - In 1988, the Pope had just done a tour of the US in his brand new Pope mobile. "God will protect the Holy Father... But just in case..."
5. 'Mother Mary's Mystery Date' - Short routine about Jesus' birth & how Mary would be like "He's the Son of God!" & Joseph would be like "He better be..."
6. 'Jesus the Miracle Caterer' - Probably guess from the title - about how people ignored Jesus' message & just wanted him to be just a miracle caterer like at the feeding of the 5000.
7. 'Heart-stoppers' - How he's going to hell for telling Jesus jokes.
8. 'Buddies' - Friends & how, in this incidence, they let him 'wet' his briefcase when he was drunk &, like good friends, didn't try to stop him. At any stage!
9. 'Lesbians are our friends' - Sam talks about women, ex-wives & a lesbian he met in California who taught him "Whole new things about love making" when he saw her make love to another woman.
10. 'Pocket Toys' - Erm... this is where it gets a bit controversial. Sam insists that we need women... until the day that K-Tel produce an artificial [insert rude word here].
11. 'S.xual Diaries' - As we are stuck with women & their power over us men, we should be "the darkest, most twisted chapter in their s.xual diary".
12. 'The But and the Bible' - Quite a funny (& definitely controversial) routine about how But love on a woman is popular for the same reason that Adam & Eve ate the apple from the tree - because both are forbidden!
13. 'Parties with the Dead' - Sam's attempt to find the sickest, most perverted material & turn it into comedy. A Californian friend tells him a story about gay necrophiliacs in California & says "there's no way anyone could find this funny", to which Sam responds "Give. The story. To me...!"
14. 'Wild Thing' - Sam singing a modified, comedy version of Wild Thing by the Troggs.

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Unfortunately, unlike most comedians, words alone do not convey Kinison's style of comedy. Hearing a Sam Kinison 'scream' is instantly recognisable & nearly always makes you laugh-out-loud in response.

It's rather like when you hang out with that friend you have who is never, ever nervous & is socially fearless. When you are with them, your insecurities evaporate & life becomes one big party. Almost like Brian Blessed or Billy Connolly, but wilder & bolder.

Sadly brash, shocking American comics like Sam Kinison & Bill Hicks are no longer with us, which is why I hope that this CD will inspire others to believing that Rock & Roll is not quite dead yet...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precedes US comics - Hicks, Leary, 1 Feb 2002
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What can you say about Sam Kinison? Something or you wouldn't be reading this review. He hates almost everything America has to offer, such a visionary 12 years ahead of everyone else. Legendary comedian Bill Hicks has oft been quotes as saying Kinison is a major influence on his short-lived career. Do yourself a favour listen to this CD when you are pissed off at the world and give yourself a pick me up. An angry young man. Who needs 1000 words to write this review when you can sum it up in however many words that is altogether.
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