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    While my contemporaries were wasting their time listening to Pink Floyd, I was wasting mine listening to The Firesign Theater. Phil Proctor, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Phil Austin, as The Firesign Theater, broadcast a live radio show from The Magic Mushroom in Devonshire Downs unlike anything else on the airwaves. They would do readings of "Winnie the Pooh" and "La Muerte y La Brujula" along with the signature surrealistic radio plays that would become their record albums.

    The first album "Waiting for the Electrician..." came out in January 1968. By 1971, with their fourth album "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus", the format had developed into a full concept album of an hilarious brain-stimulating (and somewhat prophetic) look at the future. The ensuing albums continue with their high-minded satirical look at human activity.

    This is not music and these are not albums for multi-taskers - they require that you pay attention. It's worth the effort. Settle back, let the air out of your shoes, and enjoy the spin.


    1. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Fascinating I'm sure Artfoot. Have you converted these to MP3 for traveling with?
    2. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      Laughing to myself in a crowded public conveyance tends to make others uncomfortable. :+)

      Thanks everyone.
    3. boysfarm boysfarm, 3 years ago
    4. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      The Firesign Theater they were a trip haven't thought of them in? 35 years poof 35 - 40 years poof gone Great post!!!
    5. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      OMG found on Youtube The Firesign Theater - I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus (1971) (Complete Album)
      LOL flash back
    6. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      Thanks for posting the youtube link. That album, in particular, should be required listening for everyone.
    7. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      Happy to, Thanks for the memory's,
      At the risk of sounding political... Looking close at the last LP if you replace TheFiresignTheater at the top with Trump it would work as a Trump and the Deplorable's Poster, From "were upset" sign to the guy in front at right with the "love agent orange" shirt on.
    8. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      Better than Criswell, these gentlemen had an interestingly accurate perspective for the future. Like they also noticed - "We're all going in the hole together."

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