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"Non-smokers die every day. Sleep tight!!",
This review is from: Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
This is everything a Bill Hicks album should be. It's not scattered or all over the place, it is a complete set in its entirety. (With the exception of the last bit, which was replaced with another one due to the tape running out. That is explained in the booklet.) "Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" is an outstanding Bill Hicks album with great material.
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. I think it's a lot better when we get to hear Bill's material in its entirety without it being out of order or all over the place. If you love Bill Hicks, pick this album up right now. Stop reading the review! Go out and buy this right now. You will not regret it. "Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" is everything a Bill Hicks album should be, and more.
Bill Hicks: the comedian, the philosopher, the great. Not to forget very much missed.
Also known as "Beelzebozo;" Clown from Hell. Use him for your next kid's party!