Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Basic Hip!

Comedian Del Close had a career so amazing it just sounds made up. He knew L. Ron Hubbard (who once told him that he was thinking of turning his Dianetics Institute into a religion for tax reasons). He was a regular on My Mother the Car and Get Smart. He used to do light shows for the Grateful Dead. He directed the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago where he discovered John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Betty Thomas, George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky and John Candy.

But before that, there has Basic Hip, a beatnik satire album he made with John Brent. It’s kind of hard to find, but you can listen to it online.

Thanks to Learning2Share for the tip!


Kevin Buchanan said...

You can hear none other than the great Brian Wilson praising this album during the Pet Sounds sessions:

"BRIAN: I'm gonna have you wail on that baby for the instrumental break, think you can do it?
MUSICIAN: I'll play it straight through this time.
BRIAN: Try to wail this thing, you know, play it loud.
MUSICIAN: Hey, does the union know you're recording?
BRIAN: Here we go.
MUSICIAN: This'll be what?
BRIAN: Take two. Just relax, me and this other cat are going to straighten you guys out, then we'll get you into world peace. Did you ever hear that album called "How To Speak Hip"? Has anybody ever heard it?
MUSICIAN: Nope. What is it?
BRIAN: Oh, it's funny. It's "How To Speak Hip" by Del Close and John Brenner. It was cut in '59. It's a very funny album. Okay, let's go. This is take two. Take two of "Let Go Of Your Ego." One, two, one two three..."

Steve said...

I've heard a couple of cuts, but I haven't listened to the whole album yet. Gotta follow the linky!