This blog is officially "retired," but my other blog,
"The Lair of the Silver Fox," is still open for business!

Monday, June 23, 2008

We Interrupt This Program... Again...

Hey, who's that young guy
who looks like George Carlin?

George Carlin 1937-2008, R.I.P.

The photo above was taken around 1960, which is about five years before I became aware of -- and became a fan of -- George Carlin. As a kid, I used to watch him on The Ed Sullivan Show and other variety and comedy shows. I remember his jarring new look in the early seventies, when he chucked the conservative suits and let his hair grow long.

And I also remember how shocking his famous "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" was when it was first released on LP.

The only unfortunate thing about the Seven Words routine is that it's already being overly stressed in the online obituaries that are popping up everywhere. (Let's face it. Whenever Jeff Foxworthy dies, all we're gonna hear are a bunch of recycled "redneck" jokes.) The guy's career as a comic lasted half a century. He did so much more than that one routine.

I remember thinking as far back as the early 1990s that Carlin seemed to be going overboard with his whole righteous indignation bit, but he was still -- to me -- always funny. And I was always a fan, although it was only from the early to the late 1970s that I was truly obsessive. Back then, my peers and I considered him to be some sort of obscene and hilarious prophet.

I could write a lot more about Carlin's influence on some of the warped little attitudes I developed during my adolescence, and I probably should, but the outside distractions and time constraints that have derailed My Island for almost a week are preventing me from writing more than this brief tribute.

You're welcome.

And thanks for your time.

Somebody released this album of old Carlin material
right after he hit it big in the early 1970s.
The way they played off his current popularity
pissed George off royally, as you might expect!

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