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Well, if someone on your list is a fan of wickedly barbed satire, then the title to this 1974 album is indeed accurate! The Credibility Gap was the training ground for Michael McKean and Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap fame) ... more »
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Well, if someone on your list is a fan of wickedly barbed satire, then the title to this 1974 album is indeed accurate! The Credibility Gap was the training ground for Michael McKean and Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap fame) and David L. Lander (he played Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley; McKean played Lenny), and from their slot on the Los Angeles public radio station KPCC, they surveyed political and pop culture with a sharp, penetrating eye rivaled by few during the era. And this record captures them at their peak; Kingpin is a blaxploitation movie based on the life of Martin Luther King that hilariously reworks Mayfield s music from Superfly, while Where s Johnny stars Shearer as a dead ringer for Johnny Carson wrestling with the awkward subject of gay liberation. Other targets include a surprisingly bourgeois Sly Stone (An Evening with Sly Stone), sex education (Public Service Announcement) and vacuous, mid- 70s youth culture (You Can t Judge a Book by Its Hair). All Music Guide s review of this album says it best: ...the Credibility Gap s no-quarter take on the world around them has dated very little in the decades since its release, and few studio-bound comedy albums of the era are as accomplished as this. A Collectors Choice Music comedy exclusive!
David Breger | new york, ny United States | 03/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'm astounded to find this album available for download. the credits provided indicate a 2005 release but i can testify that it hasn't been in the rhino or the greater warner's catalogue since then.
in any case, the gap are harry shearer, michael mckean and david lander, all of whom have gone on to great success since the recording of this album in the early '70's (well, not so much lander - i can only hope squiigy hasn't been forced into a day job. he must of really pissed the other two off, doncha think? i mean, they coulda thrown him in as a singer in mighty wind or a scooper in best of show or something). it was the funniest record i knew then (not the more popular, more cryptic, less funny firesign theather) and its still hilarious today. it helps (alot) if you're old enough to remember johnny carson's tonight show, playboy after dark and the release of martin luther king's fbi files but my kid's 17 years old and she likes it too, especially the golden bits and lance learns to box.
what else to say? you should fry up a couple of steaks and listen to the record, you should live and be well and you've got to stop eating with those clydesdales - you're getting too much roughage in your kibble."
At Last! At Last! Hooray! Hooray!
Mark Arnold | Saratoga, CA | 02/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes! The Credibility Gap's best album (along with The Bronze Age of Radio make this comedy album collector's dreams come true! This is one of the best comedy albums ever made...period!!
Tracks like "Kingpin" and "16 Golden Bits" are enough to qualify it as a classic, but "A Date With Danger" and the "Tonight Show" parody truly bring it over the top...
It's great to have this finally in high fidelity on compact disc instead of listening to my old vinyl recordings.