Fighting Clowns of Hollywood

by The Firesign Theatre

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    At the beginning of 1979 the Firesign Theatre had been without a record contract for three years. While they pushed like hell to get Hollywood to notice them, pitching shows and writing screenplays, they gave themselves a performance showcase by writing and staging a slew of brilliant live shows. Rhino Records released some of this material back in the day, but a lot of it vanished into the vaults; now for the first time all those great shows are collected in Fighting Clowns of Hollywood (the soundtrack to the memoir of the same name by David Ossman, available from bearmanormedia.com).
    This 7-hour album includes: “You’re On the Airlie: A History of the Art of Radio” (their one-act pisstake on the history of the art form); “Joey’s House” (a channel-switching fantasia featuring Joey Demographico and family); “Fighting Clowns” (the entire original album based on their live show at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip, now with never-released bonus tracks); “American Pageant 1981” (their infamous piece from the How Can You Be album revised & revisited for Reagan’s America); “By the Light of the Silvery” (where Sherlock Holmes gets filtered through the Goon Show as Stones & Batson track down the missing moon); and “Lawyer’s Hospital” (the live show from the Rhino album of the same name, now gloriously restored and expanded from the original tapes).
    There’s more bonus audio, including radio shows and excerpts from their early stage show “The Owl & Octopus”; plus an 80-page PDF featuring photos, posters, drawings, LP artwork, liner notes, articles, interviews, and more.
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released February 19, 2019

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The Firesign Theatre Los Angeles, California

The Firesign Theatre emerged from Radio Free Oz, a Los Angeles underground radio program, in 1966. Over five decades they released over two dozen comedy albums and ten books of plays. Their album "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers" was inducted into the Library of Congress recording registry in 2005. ... more

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