You Can’t Beat People Up & Have Them Say I Love You – Murray Roman

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Wow! Imagine finding this …

The album that started me down the music and comedy road, all those stoned years ago

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Before there was Billy Connolly, Bill Hicks and George Carlin …. before there was even a stand-up comedy scene, outwith the mainstream club circuit of mother-in-law gags and Paki jokes … in a time when long-hair could get you barred from pubs and get you a damn good  kicking in the City Centre … in the days when swearing on TV was unheard of, and obscenity was was being vehemently argued in the courts … when albums were a rare purchase and unable to be “copied”, as cassettes hadn’t yet been invented … and when US foreign imports were expensive and hard to come by … in those days when I smoked my first joint, listening to my first ever STEREO … two speakers?? … “the sound goes fae one to another AND in the middle” … In those days of LSD and sensory experience, the occasional comedy album like Lenny Bruce, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers, etc was an event! If you knew someone who had one of those albums you’d visit them, and ask to hear it … and, if they too were a stoner, chances are they’d play a Cheech & Chong album

BUT … if you went up to Boab Cairns’s hoose, he had this bizarre album called “Backtrack 13”

“Backtrack 13” was part of a series of re-issued rarities, like Tyrannosaurus Rex, or Lumpy Gravy (no, really!!) and Boab’s album was an amazing experience in sound-production … news items, sound-bites from movies, soul music, psychedelia, and spoken word and sketches … like I’d never heard the like of

Remember … this was at a time when Jimmy Tarbuck was considered young edgy and innovative,

“Backtrack 13” featured Murray Roman and the sound production genius of David Briggs who was responsible for piecing together the music that picks up seemingly at random throughout the record, adding the element that makes the LP memorable. It was one of the first recordings he ever worked on. Years later Briggs spoke proudly of his involvement with the album, claiming, “This was the first album ever released with the word ‘fuck’ on it.” Later in the year Briggs picked up Neil Young hitchhiking(!) and struck a deal to be his producer, a relationship that lasted many years.

“This was the first album ever released with the word ‘fuck’ on it.”

I listened to this album back in those stoned days and have only had dim, stoned memories of it ever since, but I know that THIS was undoubtedly the kick-start of my own musical and comedy interest which be a MAJOR influence on me, however subliminally, from then on

Listening to it now, I still get a wee shiver of amazement in the memory of just how astonishingly different and innovative this was in its day

I’m sure that younger ears than mine will find it dated, clichéd, and even hackneyed … but … this is undoubtedly the album that set a lotta other people’s imagination afire … in its production, outrageousness, and innovation

 

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Listen at your own peril

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MURRAY ROMAN

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There’s even a full download of the album, halfway down this site

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/11/the-forgotten-m.html

 

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