PETER WYNGARDE – “WHEN SEX LEERS ITS INQUISITIVE HEAD” aka s/t (1970)
Wyngarde is most well-known for the two British spy TV series “Department S”, approved and “Jason King” (a show which provided a hefty amount of inspiration for Mike Myers’ “Austin Powers” character.) Given the opportunity by RCA in 1970, page at the height of his popularity, to record an album, Wyngarde chose not to go the easy listening/pop route, instead bizarrely delving into lurid and sometimes flat-out stupid spoken word interludes.
This album caused enough controversy upon its release to get it yanked by the label, quickly turning it into a massive collectors’ item throughout the ’70s and ’80s. The cause of the trouble? Oh, just a little three-minute ditty entitled “Rape”, in which Wyngarde not only seems to extolling the virtues of rape, but also executes a handful of wheedling barf-bag racial stereotypes that would make even Jerry Lewis blush. It must be heard to be believed — so believe it! Another highlight is “The Hippie And The Skinhead”, an inexplicable romp into the particulars of being a filthy free-love layabout.
Fun fact: predating George Michael’s Hollywood public toilet arrest by 23 years, Wyngarde was apprehended in 1975 at a bus station commode for an act of “gross indecency”. He was framed, I tell ya — FRAMED! Or not.