While Elvis didn't exhibit much, intentionally anyway, The Beatles sure did.
Here is another album that made an impression and remains in rotation.
Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Phil Proctor weren't a band in the usual sense, but wrote and performed songs here and there on their albums. In 2005, The US Library of Congress, added "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers" (1970) to the National Registry, calling The Firesign Theater "The Beatles Of Comedy".
In High School, my best friend and surfing buddy, "Stretch" had an older brother, whose records we plundered and stacked on the turntable while we played pool in the "rec" room. (It actually had a refrigerator outfitted with a tap on the door for kegs).
That's where we found The Firesign's classic albums. Cheech And Chong records were funny once, and George Carlin's "7 Dirty Words" hilarious food for thought, but The Firesign's were something different altogether. No one-liner's or jokes, exactly, but a surreal melange of layered wordplay.
Their records insisted being heard many times, preferably with headphones, just to figure out what the heck was going on.
Fortunately, big brother also had "The Firesign Theater's Big book Of Plays" which we borrowed and studied in detail. Out in the water, between sets, we'd recite whole passages.
Here is one of our favorites, featuring their most well known and recurring character,
Nick Danger, Third Eye.
After 1973 they were on again off again until the deaths of Peter Bergman (2012) and Phil Austin (2015). One of my favorites of their later years is "Boon Dot Bust", from 1999.
Here is a tidbit:
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