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Playin' With Your Head

George Carlin

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Album Review

Playin' With Your Head turned out to be a landmark outing for George Carlin — the last truly funny album he made before attempting to become his old mentor, Lenny Bruce, and spent the '90s railing against right-wingers in most unamusing fashion. The less-topical, more lighthearted routines here are complemented by Carlin's devastating sense of timing, which had never been sharper (newly sober, he'd completely ditched the stoner voice and meandering riffs that sometimes marred his '70s work) and makes even the corny and mean-spirited material work. But most of these segments, culled from a performance recorded at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles, are much better than that; overall, this is a fine companion piece to his 1981 classic, A Place for My Stuff, with "Losing Things" and "You're Lost" offering the same hilarious examination of a mundane and universal experience ("That's the first thing that happens when you get to heaven — they give you back everything you ever lost. That's the whole meaning of heaven!") that Carlin perfected on that album's title track. Other gems in the same vein include "Love and Regards" and "Sports," which posits baseball, football, and basketball as the only real sports and takes down all the pretenders ("Swimming isn't a sport — it's a way to keep from drowning! That's common sense!"). The disappointment of hearing Carlin at the top of his game here is that it didn't last past this recording, but at a time when comedy albums were beginning to pop up by the dozen, this one stood — and still stands — as one of the best of its era.

Customer Reviews

Excuse me?

The Itunes reviewer can quite frankly shove it. Carlin is a brilliant talent. He was before this album, and long after. What the hell is wrong with you?

The Top

This is Carlin at the top of his game. Groups and Charities is hilarious...and Love And Regards is classic Carlin.

Itunes needs a new Review Writer!

Who the hell does that person think he/she is? Railing against right-wingers, if you ask me, is not a waste of time. They've screwed us so badly, they're lucky George Carlin is using them for humor, rather than Americans using them to wipe themselves... I'm sorry, this'll probably never make it pass the editor, but let's have a less biased review next time eh? Stop comparing everything George does later in life to Lenny Bruce! That's sick...and can only be seen as an insult.


Born: May 12, 1937 in New York, NY

Genre: Comedy

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

Famed for his landmark "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine, George Carlin filled the void created by the death of Lenny Bruce, honing a provocative, scathing comic style that bravely explored the limits of free speech and good taste. George Dennis Carlin was born on May 12, 1937, in New York City. While serving a stint in the military, he was stationed in Shreveport, LA, where he began working as a disc jockey; after working with fellow radio personality Jack Burns on a Shreveport...
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