An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo (1975)
Little David #1008. Produced by Marty Kay & Jack Lewis in association with George Carlin.
Recorded March 18, 1975 at UNLV, Las Vegas. Released October, 1975.
New News [4:21]
Teenage Masturbation [4:53]
Mental Hot Foots [2:54]
High on the Plane [4:29]
Bodily Functions [5:44]
For Names’ Sake [6:58]
Good Sports [2:30]
Flesh Colored Band-Aids [2:48]
Religious Lift [3:31]
Radio Dial [1:52]
Unrelated Things [2:21]
Starting a little bit with this album and then into the next one, it seems that the drugs were taking their toll. At least to my ears. Carlin was also no longer the huge “new” comic, and the country’s zeitgeist saw the waning of counter-culture, the rise of crime, the beginnings of the disco era, etc. The liner notes to the box set and Carlin’s biography go into further details.
That’s not to say it’s a bad album. It’s still great. Probably the most famous is the “Baseball-Football” routine. Also here is “Religious Lift”, which continues where “God” left off on the previous album; Carlin did a mix of these two routines when he hosted Saturday Night Live. I almost quoted “Religious Lift” for my high school year book quote, but unfortunately couldn’t seem to get something short enough that captured the sentiment.
About the album, Carlin said “I had finished the autobiographical period, and I’d finished establishing myself as separate from the mainstream, so now the comedian was starting to show up.” 6 of the tracks were deemed suitable for airplay, and a 7-minute long promo record of excerpts was sent to radio stations, plus a testimonial from George’s mother: “This record is not dirty and contains no filthiness of any kind. It can be played on any radio station at any time of the day without fear of losing your morals, your license or your listeners.”
This album got a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album in 1976, but lost to Richard Pryor’s …Is It Something I Said?. Carlin was however voted Billboard’s “Comedy Artist of the Year” in the spring of 1975.