Laughing at The Boss’s Jokes
Opening this week’s edition of the Bopst Show is one of the great jazz trumpeters of all time, Freddie Hubbard during an infamous 1967 concert with Max Roach as he berates the European audience with a slew of obscenities. Needless to say, but it is an interesting way for an entertainer is endear himself to his listening audience.
This is but one of the many cringe inducing moments on this podcast for those whose ears can’t stomach frank language with musical backing. If you upset easily, it might be a good idea to avoid listening to this week’s show. It is chock full of questionable content. The Last Poets visceral (and repeated) use of the the N-word on their still unsettling, “Niggers Are Scared of Revolution” from 1970, Connie Vannett’s brazenly suggestive ode to her cat’s numerous hardships (“The Pussy Cat Song”) and Lucille Bogan’s seriously profane, “Shave ‘Em Dry” are just a few of the audio moments contained within that may cause you to weep uncontrollably.
For the rest of us though, that is good listening. For years I wanted to play many of these songs, but due to FCC regulations, I couldn’t. Some might surmise that this week’s episode is a juvenile exercise in potty mouth extremes, but I believe each moment of questionable content is well worth hearing. The one tune that gives me the serious creeps doesn’t contain a single dirty word. It is disturbingly catchy ditty from Robin & Crystal Bernard called, “The Monkey Song” introduced by evil incarnate, Jerry Falwell. I get creeped out just thinking about it.
Not of the possibly offensive variety are tunes by Penilgrass, Johnny Cash, Saccharine Trust and many others sure to titillate any curious ear drum. Also, I have posted the track listings for my previous 6 podcasts here on RVA News on my MySpace Page if you like tidy little lists. I’ll post the listing of each upcoming show there as well.
The week also marks the first request filled on the podcast edition of the Bopst Show. As always, if you want to make a request, don’t be shy. Call (804) 767-2550.
Until Next Time: