Saturday, January 31, 2009

You can't beat people up and have them say, "I love you."

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"You can't beat people up and have them say, "I love you."
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Just wanted to say this is a truly terrific lp. It represents a sort of '50s hipster take on hippies, but like his contemporary George Carlin, this is pot-smoking humor at its stoniest. This is actually a very weird cut-up album that includes a Roman stage performance collaged into a lot of stoney sounds and cool r&b. A real find, dig it.

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You Can't Beat People Up was the first album to be released on the Tetragrammaton label, a wildly ambitious concern formed by the managerial minds behind Tiny Tim and Bill Cosby (and later to hit paydirt with early Deep Purple); and Murray Roman was Keith Moon's favorite comedian, a celebrity endorsement that his brand of rapid-fire rudeness was surely born to revel in. And it did.

Today, Roman's distinctly Lenny Bruce-esque dismantling of Vietnam-era Americana resonates more for its shock value than for its original humor. Revived for a modern audience, several of his routines would probably result in him getting stoned, and decidedly not in the manner that his own jokes proscribe. Sex, drugs, rock & roll, war, and schlock all fall into the Roman mill, to be ground up and rapid-fired back at the live onlookers and, if his topics do occasionally seem dated, at the time they slipped effortlessly into the countercultural milieu.

3 comments:

atlanticjaxx said...

thanks for this.. I have this on vinyl and now digital

onelove etc..

Keith said...

Hi-
I am listening to this off my pc.Memories of 1969.I would love share it with my friends but when I try to burn a cd,I get up "no burn rights message" which is weird as this must be for a very limited interest.Did you manage to get it on a CD,can you help me in anyway ?
Keith Hall (living in Norway

Gary Cruse said...

Keith,

I only have it on hard drive. Sorry.