In this thread, Dropzone points out the sad fact that no-one seems to know about the existence of the The Firesign Theatre, a very sharp comedy and social satire group. I agree that these guys deserve a lot more recognition than they get.
I love The Firesign Theatre. Almost no-one else I know has any idea who they are, and the few people I know who like TFT are at least 10 years older than me. (I’m 27.) It’s sad to know that such probing, eerie, mordantly funny work could go out of circulation with the last of the Baby Boomers. (I came to know TFT through my mother’s old records. I tried to get one of my little sisters to like them too, but to no avail. Although she’s pretty smart, she often has the attention span of a hyperactive squirrel. But, as Tom Lehrer said, I digress…)
I was thrilled when they came back from the shadows again with Give Me Immortality Or Give Me Death a couple of years ago. Billville, their most recent studio recording, is also classic Firesign stuff, but I don’t think it quite measures up to GMIOGMD. I have yet to check out their recent live recording, In the Firezone.
Anyone else here a Firesign Theatre fan? If so, what is it that draws you to TFT, and what’s your favorite production of theirs? Also, what other comedy groups, writers, songwriters, etc. do you think are absolutely wonderful but are unknown to most people?