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Clever, witty, funny and satirical - stays with you for a loooong time

I gave this album as a gift when the show hit London in the 80's and hand on heart, I can still recite verbatim some songs that I haven't heard since. It's that good! Tom Lehrer's career as a satirist spanned 1950's to 1970's USA - at the time his lyrics apparently caused as much controversy as amusement. So many of them are still relevant, others simply just comic masterpieces, and they were beautifully packaged in this stage show. I defy you to listen to The Old Dope Peddlar without simultaneously wincing and laughing! Highly, highly recommended.

Not as good

I love Tom Lehrer Songs, but much prefer them when he sings them. (My fav is Elements)


Born: 09 April 1928 in New York, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Tom Lehrer was one of comedy's great paradoxes -- a respected Harvard mathematics professor by day, he also ranked among the foremost song satirists of the postwar era, recording vicious, twisted parodies of popular musical trends which proved highly influential on the "sick comedy" revolution of the '60s. Despite an aversion to the press and a relatively small recorded output, Lehrer became a star, although he remained an enigma to even his most ardent fans; he rarely toured, never allowed his photo...
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