Firesign Theatre created a lexicon of absurdity that shaped a part of my worldview. The relentless out of context punning was both hilarious and some how deeply insightful of Viet Nam era America.
I still find FST fresh and relevant.
Peter Bergman, I hope you are following that bouncing yellow line to Nirvana.
Caution: There may be a word or two that some folks may take the wrong way. Let's be safe and call this NSFW
My buddy was a big fan and introduced me to the Firesign. Never thought it was funny, clever, or interesting. Him and his smokin' buds used to listen to the record over & over. By the time he played it for me, the record was just about blank.
I wore out an 8track of Bozos...
The wildest job I ever had was at a pizza parlour in L.A. The entire crew was Firesign crazy. All day long we would do quotes from all the records, call and response style, with different people doing different voices when quoting. The only exception was the week when we were showing the film Wizard of Oz, then the entire staff turned into Munchkins. Customers must have wondered as they waited for their pizza and heard lines like "Our God is a Mighty HOT DOG!"
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Last edited by Jim from Boston; 03-19-12 at 11:06 AM.
Here's an appropriate quote from Wavy Gravy at Woodstock.
"We're all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride."
And the FST took it as inspiration.
Being a kid who grew up reading dictionaries for fun (I was looking for the sexy bits, mind you) the origin of "bozo" was fascinatin'!
From the Spanish "vos oteres" meaning "the others" But being a Bozo was really kind of in. You gotta start young if you're gonna stick it out.
R.I.P. Peter , very funny and smart man.