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Buy This Box or We'll Shoot This Dog: The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour
     

Buy This Box or We'll Shoot This Dog: The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour

by National Lampoon
 
In the mid-'70s, National Lampoon's syndicated radio hour brought the magazine's irreverent humor to the airwaves in the form of sketches, fake commercials and public-service announcements, and pop-music parodies. It also gave exposure to several comedians who would soon become famous as cast members of Saturday Night Live (John

Overview

In the mid-'70s, National Lampoon's syndicated radio hour brought the magazine's irreverent humor to the airwaves in the form of sketches, fake commercials and public-service announcements, and pop-music parodies. It also gave exposure to several comedians who would soon become famous as cast members of Saturday Night Live (John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase), as well as other top acts such as Richard Belzer and Christopher Guest. This three-CD box set has over three hours of material originally broadcast between 1973 and 1975. For all its influence on American humor via Saturday Night Live and other post-Lampoon projects of the writers and performers, it's really not all that funny. Much of it's geared toward stoned teenagers and college students whose outrage threshold, at least in the mid-'70s, was presumably pretty low. Decades later, there aren't nearly as many taboos associated with satires of bad standup comedians (a particularly insistent theme here), drug pushers, Marlon Brando, talk radio hosts, hippies, and homosexuals. There are some genuinely funny moments here and there, and the musical parodies (of Otis Redding, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, Neil Young, and others) are often dead-on, particularly the savage Joni Mitchell spoof, "You Put Me Thru Hell." But if you and your pals have long retired that bong to the back recesses of the closet, it won't sound nearly as thigh-slapping as it used to. Others might well wonder what exactly was so funny about most of this stuff in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1996
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227226329
catalogNumber:
72263

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif)
  2. Advanced Malignant Tumor of the Brain
  3. "You Don't Have to Look at the Pictures on the Radio"
  4. Theatre Times for "The Ryan O'Neal Story", Pt. 1
  5. The Lost Glider
  6. N.L.R.H. Program I.D.
  7. Marlon Brando Interview
  8. Theatre Times for "The Ryan O'Neal Story", Pt. 2
  9. Little Miss Muffett (Otis Redding Parody)
  10. Theatre Times for "The Ryan O'Neal Story", Pt. 3
  11. True or False?
  12. American Safety Institute: Remember to Brush
  13. The Comedy of Patrol Officer Tim O'Malley
  14. The Loan Arranger
  15. Can a Match Burn Twice? (Pt. 1)
  16. Public Disservice Message: Mental Hospitals
  17. Can a Match Burn Twice? (Pt. 2)
  18. Laughs from the Past
  19. What If Ed Sullivan Were Tortured?
  20. Canadian Newsreel
  21. Quick Canada Quiz, Pt. 1
  22. The Comedy of Cardiologist Dr. Andrew Tillman
  23. Quick Canada Quiz, Pt. 2
  24. Natlamp Unto My Feet, with the Rev. Otto A. Brown
  25. N.L.R.H. Program I.D.: Honk Honk...Why, It's Wobbles the Goose!
  26. Methadone Maintenance Man (James Taylor Parody)
  27. Front Row Center: "Death of a Salesman"
  28. Light Your Faith
  29. The Indianapolis Academy of the French Accent
  30. Mel Brewer's Insomnia Time, With Ron Fields, Pt. 1
  31. Sperm Whale Song
  32. Mel Brewer's Insomnia Time, With Ron Fields, Pt. 2
  33. N.L.R.H. Promo (Muhammad Ali)
  34. House Rules
  35. Let Us Speak English
  36. N.L.R.H. Promo (Al Jolson)
  37. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer
  38. Stand Up
  39. Mr. Veal Chop Commercial Intro
  40. Closet Queen
  41. Interview with the Hollywood Gay Alliance
  42. Closet Queen
  43. Public Disservice Message: The Salvation Army
  44. The Comedy of News Anchor Robert K. Chancellor
  45. Frank Rizzo: The Philadelphia Police League for Retarded Children
  46. And the Winner Is...
  47. The Comedy of Psychiatrist Dr. Ricky Johnson
  48. The Dick & Jane Show
  49. Which of the Ten Commandments Am I Breaking?
  50. Baby Brando
  51. N.L.R.H. Promo (Yodeling)
  52. Southern California Brings Me Down (Neil Young Parody)
  53. Fred Purdue's Chicken Commercial
  54. The Comedy of King Faisal
  55. Public Disservice Message: Zip Codes
  56. Nat Lamp Unto My Feet, With Father Joseph Vazinni
  57. Outro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif)

Disc 2

  1. Channel Surfing (Cheech & Chong Parody)
  2. Intro (Outer Limits)
  3. Harry Block: 417 Reasons Why You Should Let Us Do Your Income ...
  4. Turtle Woman
  5. Harry Block: Reason #110
  6. The Immigrants: The Hillbillies
  7. Gift of the Nazi's (Show Promo)
  8. Harry Block: Reason #408
  9. Suicide Prevention Hotline/N.L.R.H. Program I.D.
  10. Well-Intentioned Blues (Pete Seeger Parody)
  11. At the Tone from the Time You Called...
  12. Handy Household Hint
  13. Universal Bank Commercial
  14. Request Time: "Gigi"
  15. Humor Test, with Dr. Chevy Chase
  16. Alternative Child
  17. 1973 Miss America Pageant
  18. Timex Watch Commercial
  19. N.L.R.H. Program I.D. /The Jimmy Dugan Story
  20. Quick Canada Quiz (Pt. 3)
  21. Harry Block: Reason #287
  22. Quick Canada Quiz: The Answer
  23. Interview with Ali & Foreman
  24. Great Mountain Valley Drinking Water & Brite Toothpaste Commercial
  25. Scuzzy Linoleum Commercial Intro
  26. Steppin' on a Spaniel
  27. Car Cheese Commercial Intro
  28. Harry Block: Reason #177
  29. How Often Have You Said to Yourself...
  30. Police Auditions
  31. Guru Craig Baker, the Perfect Master
  32. Insincere Commercial Intro
  33. Harry Block: Reason #356
  34. You Put Me Thru Hell (Joni Mitchell Parody)
  35. Vulcanized Sneakers Commercial Intro
  36. Mr. Whipple Commercial Goes Wrong
  37. What Do You Recommend from the Menu?
  38. N.L.R.H. Disclaimer & Warning
  39. Cheech & Chong Parody (Conclusion)
  40. Outro (Scottish Announcer)

Disc 3

  1. Disclaimer Intro: "Due to the Explicit Nature..."/National Lampoon ...
  2. Tommy Toilet
  3. Flash Bazbo in a Restaurant
  4. Bill Bradley of the New York Knicks
  5. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer: The Adventure Continues
  6. Bob the Rapist
  7. I'm a Little Stiff from Polo
  8. Legal Disclaimer (Muhammad Ali)
  9. Music Perspective, With Ron Fields, Pt. 1
  10. Overdose Heaven
  11. Interview with Don Corleone
  12. Monolithic Oil Commercial
  13. Straight Man Auditions
  14. Music Perspective, With Ron Fields, Pt. 2
  15. Every Day I Feel Depressed (B.B. King Parody)
  16. Dial-A-Curse
  17. Guru Craig Baker, the Perfect Master Visits a Bar
  18. Limerick Time, Pt. 1
  19. American Safety Institute: Mad Dogs
  20. Limerick Time, Pt. 2
  21. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer: Chapter 219
  22. Classic Riddles
  23. Public Disservice Message: Care Packages to Europe
  24. Classic Riddles, Pt. 2
  25. Santa Cupcakes Recipe
  26. The Littlest Christmas Tree
  27. The Evil Santa
  28. Rod Serling Explains the First Christmas
  29. A&P Commercial: The Death Penalty for Shoplifting
  30. The Hockey "Guillotine"
  31. National Lampoon's Call-In, Pt. 3
  32. Classics of the Contemporary Drama: "Waiting for Godot"
  33. Mother Goose's Wine
  34. Al Capone on Trial
  35. National Lampoon's Call-In, Pt. 3
  36. The Rosenburgs
  37. National Lampoon's Call-In, Pt. 3
  38. Terminal Football
  39. Highway Toes (James Taylor Parody)
  40. Classics of the Contemporary Drama: "The Idiot"
  41. National Lampoon's Call-In, Pt. 3
  42. Outro (English Announcer)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

National Lampoon   Primary Artist
Billy Crystal   Track Performer
Gilda Radner   Track Performer
Chevy Chase   Track Performer
Norman Rose   Track Performer
Lee Richardson   Track Performer
Wendy Craig   Track Performer
Anne Beatts   Track Performer
John Belushi   Track Performer
Christopher Cerf   Vocals
Rhonda Coullet   Track Performer
Christopher Guest   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Hendra   Track Performer
Nate Herman   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Jacobs   Track Performer
Bill Murray   Track Performer
Michael O'Donoghue   Track Performer
Alice Playten   Track Performer
Harold Ramis   Track Performer
Tony Scheuren   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Perry   Track Performer
George Agoglia   Track Performer
Richard Belzer   Track Performer
Adolph Caesar   Track Performer
George Coe   Track Performer
Steve Collins   Track Performer
Sid Davis   Track Performer
Brian Doyle-Murray   Track Performer
Robert Dryden   Track Performer
Garry Goodrow   Track Performer
Bob Hoban   Track Performer
Judy Jacklin   Track Performer
Leon Janney   Track Performer
Doug Kenney   Track Performer
Lynne Lipton   Track Performer
Brian McConnachie   Track Performer
Emily Prager   Track Performer
Ed Subitzky   Track Performer
Gracie Whitebread   Track Performer
Tom Leopold   Track Performer
Sean Kelly   Track Performer
Pat Broad   Track Performer
David Blum   Track Performer
Stan Sawyer   Track Performer
Bob Caliban   Track Performer
Justo LaCombe   Track Performer
Gerry Graham   Track Performer
Joe Flaherty   Track Performer
Vernon Taft   Track Performer
Martin Harvey Friedberg   Track Performer
Steven Collins   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Billy Crystal   Writer
Gilda Radner   Writer
Chevy Chase   Writer
Anne Beatts   Writer
John Belushi   Writer
Christopher Cerf   Writer
Christopher Guest   Writer
Nate Herman   Writer
Bill Murray   Writer
Michael O'Donoghue   Writer
Harold Ramis   Writer
Tony Scheuren   Writer
Bob Tischler   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Creative Consultant
Richard Belzer   Writer
Sid Davis   Writer
Brian Doyle-Murray   Writer
Bob Hoban   Writer
Doug Kenney   Writer
Bruce McCall   Writer
Brian McConnachie   Writer,Liner Notes
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction
John Hechtman   Engineer
Barry Zeger   Liner Notes
Sean Kelly   Writer

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