Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Firesign Theatre

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 44 -- November 3, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #244, November 6, 2012

The Firesign Theatre

Clockwise from top left: Philip Austin, Philip Proctor, David Ossman, Peter Bergman. 42 years later, it finally dawns on me: the mammals represent the artists' astrological signs (all "fire" signs)--Aries, Leo, and 2 Saggitarius. I'm still working on the fish.

In brief

We belatedly mark the death (March 9) of Peter Bergman--a founding member of The Firesign Theatre--by playing a large portion of the group's 1970 classic LP, Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers.

Masters of irony, parody, travesty, and sound effects, Firesign created surrealistic radio dramas. They consistently satirized a nation unable to tell reality from the nonsense on TV--nonsense concocted by prostitute politicians and corporate greedheads. The perfect program for Election Day 2012!

Notes, credits, & links

Here's the plot (such as it is): Flipping TV channels late at night, retired actor George Leroy Tirebiter finds dreck galore plus two old movies starring him, playing simultaneously on two different channels. These are Parallel Hell (a war movie set in Korea) and High School Madness (featuring all-American teenagers Porgy and Mudhead)....

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

40th Anniversary photo (ca. 2006): Proctor, Bergman, Osman, Austin

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)
  • November 13 -- Noam Chomsky: Three Short Talks
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