My kids know it. Ask me any time, what’s my favorite number. I’m almost sure to answer “a million six”. Listen to this record and you’ll get it.
(Yeah, I might sometimes also say “42”, but that’s another story.)
Sometimes I take things too seriously. Sometimes when I start reading and listening to too much political truth and BS (sometimes hard to decipher which is which), I drag myself down. It’s times like these that I need to force myself to step back and lighten up. At those moments, comedy albums are the perfect remedy.
Steve Martin’s “A Wild And Crazy Guy” is quite possibly the perfect comedy album for any occasion, but most especially non-political ones. Probably because the album is so non-political. It’s just plain hilarious.
I still remember going to the clubs looking for girls with dog poop on their shoes. (Maybe that’s why I never got a date.)
And then of course, there’s “King Tut”…
What started out as a comedy/music skit on Saturday Night Live, turned into one of the best-selling blues albums of all time.
Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi were part of the original “not ready for prime-time players” cast on Saturday Night Live when they came up with the concept of a fictitious blues band from Chicago as a way to have some fun, pay homage to their appreciation of blues, soul, and R&B, and fill a slot for a musical guest that was lacking for the show that weekend. Little did they know, it would turn into an opening slot for comedian Steve Martin on his “Wild and Crazy Guy” tour, a hit album recorded from one of the shows on that tour, and a mega-hit movie based on the fake biographies of Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues.
They were just having fun with it all; but they had a band of crack musicians backing them up (who also happened to be the SNL band at the time). That’s what really made it all come together and work so well – taking their music, but not necessarily themselves, seriously.
That’s what I think I love most about “Briefcase Full of Blues” – it taught me that you need to think seriously about, and focus on what’s most important to you, but never forget to have fun with it at the same time.
How can I not love this album?