14 June 2013

Bill Hicks - Arizona Bay

To some people, Bill Hicks is the most important comedian who ever lived; to other's he is overrated and too angry.  Some people find his views lame and some find them offensive; but there is always an opinion.  William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was born in 1961 and died in 1994 aged 32 after adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic spread to the liver.  This was the third album and released posthumously along with Rant in E-Minor.  In America he was popular, but because of his act and views he was not popular with the establishment, in Europe and the UK thought he was treated as a comedy God. I do not say this lightly, he is kept in as high regard as Monty Python and The Goonies.

With this being a comedy album from the 90's, the topics are a little old.  The LA Riots, George Bush Sr. getting kicked out of the White House, The Bible - the topics of the day.  For me it is laugh out loud stuff, when he talks about LA failing into the ocean to create Arizona Bay I just cannot stop the giggles, even the stuff about the Dinosaur still hold for me (the practical joker God bit is brilliant).  It is one of the nicer Bill Hicks releases - when I say nicer, I mean he was not arguing with his audience.  What I love for this album is the music that is playing all the way through which is a counter balance to what Hicks is saying, he was not just trying to get laughs, he was trying to make people question, to not be satisfied with living in the box. It is galling that he passed on, when he had so much more to say - yet Jerry Seinfeld still lives and sells out the o2 arena in London with tickets over £75 a go.... Make up your own opinion on this one, depending on how you view the world might depend on how much of this you can take.

8 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

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