14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A true one-of-a-kind comedian, Sam Kinison had a short but wildly successful career. Turning to stand-up comedy after seven years as a Pentecostal preacher, he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield in the mid-'80s and was soon featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Flaunting a singular style that incorporated high-volume shouting and no-hold-barred subject material that often addressed drug use, heavy drinking, wild sex, and the hypocrisy of organized religion, he fast became one of the era's most popular figures. Have You Seen Me Lately? was released in 1988 at the height of his fame. It was his second solo album (following Louder Than Hell and preceding Leader of the Band). On it, he voices his distaste for prophylactics ("Rubber Love"), groundbreaking personal pleasure technology ("Pocket Toys"), and fallen televangelists ("The Story of Jim Bakker"), ending the record with a hit cover version of "Wild Thing." Kinison was killed by a drunk driver in 1992; he may be gone, but his unique brand of humor will live forever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A true one-of-a-kind comedian, Sam Kinison had a short but wildly successful career. Turning to stand-up comedy after seven years as a Pentecostal preacher, he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield in the mid-'80s and was soon featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Flaunting a singular style that incorporated high-volume shouting and no-hold-barred subject material that often addressed drug use, heavy drinking, wild sex, and the hypocrisy of organized religion, he fast became one of the era's most popular figures. Have You Seen Me Lately? was released in 1988 at the height of his fame. It was his second solo album (following Louder Than Hell and preceding Leader of the Band). On it, he voices his distaste for prophylactics ("Rubber Love"), groundbreaking personal pleasure technology ("Pocket Toys"), and fallen televangelists ("The Story of Jim Bakker"), ending the record with a hit cover version of "Wild Thing." Kinison was killed by a drunk driver in 1992; he may be gone, but his unique brand of humor will live forever.

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About Sam Kinison

Certainly the leader of the metal/decibel comedy scene, beret-wearing Kinison had an up-and-down career plagued by many personal problems. The former preacher was often funny, but he was just as often off the mark, as his albums demonstrate. He's definitely an acquired taste, to say the least. With his sudden death, he never seemed to really reach his potential. ~ Larry Lapka

  • ORIGIN
    Yakima, WA
  • BORN
    December 8, 1953

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