It’s Bad for Ya (2008)

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  • Album and HBO special

  • Recorded March 1, 2008. Released July 29, 2008.

  • Engineered by Don Worsham. Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound, NY.

  • Art Direction by Jim Rasfeld. Cover Photo by Bob Sebree. Additional Photos by Janet Van Ham.

  • Eardrum Records / Laugh.com / Fontana Distribution

Tracks

Both the DVD chapters and CD tracks have the titles and quantity. So here’s a list of both. The first time is the length of the CD track, and the second time is the length of the DVD chapter.

  1. Opening [1:30] [2:02]

  2. Old Fuck [3:45] [3:56]

  3. Goin’ Through My Address Book [2:52] [2:54]

  4. Things We Say When People Die [2:36] [2:37]

  5. He’s Smiling Down [2:11] [1:58]

  6. Parents in Hell [1:08] [1:23]

  7. People Refuse to Be Realistic [1:10] [1:08]

  8. Dead Parents Helping [3:59] [4:06]

  9. A Couple of Other Questions [1:04] [1:06]

  10. Today’s Professional Parents [5:48] [5:47]

  11. The Self-Esteem Movement [1:16] [1:15]

  12. Every Child Is Special [1:42] [1:47]

  13. Children Are Our Future [0:39] [0:39]

  14. Raisin’ a Child Is Not Difficult [0:42] [0:42]

  15. I Like People [0:51] [0:33]

  16. Stupid Bullshit [3:12] [3:39]

  17. Stupid Bullshit on the Phone [2:33] [2:41]

  18. What a Phone Call Should Be [0:54] [0:59]

  19. In a Coma [0:49] [0:50]

  20. Their Kids! [1:09] [2:52]

  21. They Want to Show You the Pictures [4:29] [3:03]

  22. Just Enough Bullshit [1:33] [1:00]

  23. No One Questions Things [2:55] [3:26]

  24. Proud to Be an American [1:47] [1:56]

  25. God Bless America [2:59] [2:59]

  26. Takin’ Off Yer Hat [3:04] [3:03]

  27. Swearing on the Bible [4:23] [4:12]

  28. You Have No Rights [5:14] [6:06]

About

This was Carlin’s final HBO special. It was recorded on March 1, 2008. Carlin passed away on June 22, 2008 (and to think, I had tickets to see him that July). The album was finally released on July 29, 2008. It won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2009.

Curiously enough, some of the routines include the topics of death and superstitions about the afterlife.

The Zippy quote that appeared in the liner notes of What Am I Doing In New Jersey? (1988) also appears on the back of this CD.

Excerpt