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FM & AM [Parental Advisory]

Album: FM & AM
# Song Title   Time
1)    Shoot
2)    Hair Piece, The
3)    Sex in Commercials
4)    Drugs
5)    Birth Control
6)    Son of Wino
7)    Divorce Game
8)    Ed Sullivan Self Taught
9)    Let's Make a Deal
10)    11 O'Clock News, The
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Performer Notes
  • Photographer: Tom Wilkes .
  • Although George Carlin had recorded albums prior to FM & AM, including one with his original comedy partner Jack Burns, this 1972 release was the comedian's career-defining effort. While the second part of the record compiles (and puts to rest) the last of Carlin's mainstream lounge-act material, the first part consists of edgier counter-culture riffs like "Birth Control" and "Drugs." It also features the first of Carlin's language-based pieces, "Shoot," which sounds like a dry run for the epic "Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television" sketch that was soon to follow.
  • Ironically, the older material, leading off with "Son of Wino," a lengthy revisit to Carlin's popular early routine, riffing on the cliches of manic AM-radio disc jockeys, is largely funnier and sharper than the less-rehearsed, meandering routines on the first side. Carlin had been doing this sort of semi-hip mainstream comedy, skewering the voyeuristic game show THE NEWLYWED GAME and local TV news, for years, and he reels off set-ups and punch lines with the timing and elan of a master. Soon he would be equally at ease with his new FM-oriented style; his next album, CLASS CLOWN, is probably his masterpiece, but FM & AM is a significant transitional effort.
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