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Classic Tracks: How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All

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July 25, 2001

The first in a series of shows featuring artistically and/or historically important albums from the world of theatre and film. This time it's a 1969 classic by The Firesign Theatre.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Who are the Firesign Theatre? Well, they’re Phil Austin, Pete Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor. They all have active careers as writers, producers and actors in their own right, but since 1969 they have also cranked out an amazing number of theatre pieces – mostly for radio and recordings – that are effectively the American equivalent of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV shows. The analogy isn’t exact – for one thing, there has never been an American equivalent to Britain’s Goon Show, which was the artistic father to Monty Python – and the Firesign Theatre has never achieved (and never really sought) the kind of mass-market popularity of the Pythons. Find out more about them at www.firesigntheatre.com
How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All? How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All? (1969) The Firesign Theatre “How Can You Be..” is a kind of surrealistic comic travelogue that starts on the Antelope Freeway and ends up in James Joyceland via The Land of the Pharaohs. It doesn’t proceed in a straight line so much as it goes off on tangents.
The Further Adventures of Nick Danger How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All? (1969) The Firesign Theatre, David Grimm and the Grateful Boogies (organ music) A more or less straightforward parody of 1940s radio detective shows, albeit with a typically surreal twist or two.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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