Music can be so serious! Here’s the — admittedly thin, this year — selection of best comedy spins to release this April 16.
A re-release of the 2009 rap-about-fantasy album from the four comics from Workaholics on Comedy Central. Wizards all up in the house! My thought on this album is: it contains a lot of comedy. The lyrics map rap convention, but they’re legion and ingenious. Meaning, there are a lot of words, and they’re genuinely funny. On vinyl, I believe Purple Magic is a powerful comedy talisman. I know for sure if you play it backwards, you can hear ring wraiths.
Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge, BBC, Demon Records
Two full-length episodes of Alan’s classic BBC Radio 4 comedy on vinyl. The six-episode radio series ran in 1994, and was a parody of a “chat show” (British for “daytime talk show with guests, banter, child geniuses, lady hypnotists and lawyers”). It’s pure British comedy concentrated into audio, then concentrated into the pops, shrieks and baritones of vinyl.
Hear Episode 1
Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge – BBC Radio, Episode 1
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Oh, I Guess We Were A Fucking Surf Band After All…, Yep Roc Records
Not a comedy album per se, but “Having An Average Weekend” is the theme to The Kids in the Hall. The Record Store Day release is a four-LP vinyl box set. These Canadians are not a surf band, but I still like them for their jangly guitars, and sea salt-infused instrumentals.
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – Having An Average Weekend (Kids In The Hall Theme)
Stand up Jim Breuer is an undisputed heavy metal fan, with “Be a Dick 2Nite” being a very legit tribute. Rolling Stone lauds, “While much of ‘Be a Dick 2Nite’ is spoken word, Breuer busts out an impressive wail during the chorus that shows Songs From the Garage isn’t just a stand-up showcase with metal riffs.”
And a “re-release” from High Fidelity.
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