Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Various Artists: The Comic Strip

This 1981 live album recorded at the club of the same name in Soho and released on the Springtime label contains a startling number of comics who proceeded to devour British comedy as we know it in the 1980s. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders bust out the American accents for "Psychodrama"; Nigel Planer does his Neil character (soon to hit the airwaves on "The Young Ones") performing a song at Wembley; stand-up Arnold Brown does a set; Nigel and his comedy partner Peter Richardson do a number of bits as the team The Outer Limits; two other future Young Ones, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, rip the place apart performing as 20th Century Coyote; and Alexei Sayle is the M.C., performing stand-up between the other acts and closing the night with the "song" that became an unexpected hit single, "Ullo John! Got a New Motor?" This is a truly great compilation, and Rik Mayall's performance simply must be heard to be believed; the "Dangerous Brothers" bit is basically a vaudeville sketch on amphetamines and is one of the funniest, most insane things ever recorded.

Alexei Sayle "Introduction"
The Outer Limits "Commercials"
The Outer Limits "Lenny Flowers"
20th Century Coyote "Rik's Poems - First Attempt"
Alexei Sayle "Alternative Childhood"
Arnold Brown "Why Not?"
The Outer Limits "Page 3 Girls"
20th Century Coyote "Rik's Poems - Second Attempt"
Alexei Sayle "Break"
The Outer Limits "The Cabaret Biz"
Alexei Sayle "Some Jokes"
French & Saunders "Psychodrama"
The Outer Limits "Neil at Wembley"
Alexei Sayle "Dayjob"
20th Century Coyote "I'm Evil"
20th Century Coyote "The Dangerous Brothers"
Alexei Sayle "Stream of Tastelessness"

Album audio & artwork

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