Bill Hicks - Salvation.... Everything and More
I've kind of ignored Bill Hicks in this Blog up to now. Strange really. He's the top Stand-Up Hero on my website. He's the comedian I listen to most. But I suppose I'm thinking about him and his work so often that it feels like I'm writing about him every day. So that's why I haven't actually done it.
Until now. I think it's worth saying a bit about the latest audio CD release "Salvation - Live in Oxford" - a COMPLETE UNEDITED two-hour performance from Bill's tour of the UK in late 1992. I emphasize that because 'samples' - you can hardly call them 'highlights' - of this show have already been released as "Shock & Awe". That album now becomes redundant, because their selection was based less on quality and more on whether the material was a duplication from previous CD releases.
Yes. Much of "Revelations" and "Arizona Bay" is here on "Salvation". The duplication on the new album is hardly a problem though. In fact it's a GOOD thing. What we've been given here is as close to a "Bill Hick's Greatest Hits" album as we've ever had, and what's more, this is a continuous performance getting an enthusiastic response - the British audience are actually laughing! - rather than edited bits and pieces from different times and places.
All the regular routines from this period of his career are here... Rodney King, L.A. Riots, Drugs, the Presidential Election, Terminally Ill Stuntmen, Kennedy, Marketing, British food, and Snooker. Plus there's familiar stuff that survives from 1980's Hicks. But there's more. The curse of marketing leads to a new bit about Joe Eszterhas, and there's a recurring theme about how we are all becoming 'puppet people' for our governments. There is much that's new for Hicks fans to savour.
There's plenty more to say about Bill Hicks right now. The new "Sane Man" DVD has also arrived recently, and that's another posting waiting to be written. Stand by.