NATIONAL LAMPOON – 2 albums (1974-5)
I’ve been on a comedy kick over the past few weeks, sucking all I can find — and when you’re a record collector like me, that’s a whole lot of sucking.
As a precocious little kid, I loved National Lampoon Magazine. Sure, I also loved “Animal House”, the “Vacation” series and all that, but the magazine held sway over me ’cause I was also a bookworm in addition to being film nerd. The magazine was the perfect mixture of nasty, dirty and literate — but for the most part, I was completely unaware of the publication’s groundbreaking ’70s history, until I went to college and discovered that there Internet.
The magazine produced several LPs that were magazine tie-ins, and often featured performers also heard on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, the short-lived mid-’70s comedy radio show which was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live”. These folks included John Belushi, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest.
To my surprise, MP3 downloads of three of these albums (“That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!”, “The White Album” and “Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘N Roll and the End of the World”) for sale on Amazon and iTunes, but here’s two more that are currently unavailable: “Goodbye Pop” (1975), and “The Missing White House Tapes” (1974). More Nat Lamp stuff to come shortly — if anyone’s interested in those other three albums above, drop me a line and I can privately send you links to them —