14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A true one-of-a-kind comedian, Sam Kinison had a short but wildly successful career. Turning to stand-up comedy after seven years as a Pentecostal preacher, he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield in the mid-'80s and was soon featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Flaunting a singular style that incorporated high-volume shouting and no-hold-barred subject material that often addressed drug use, heavy drinking, wild sex, and the hypocrisy of organized religion, he fast became one of the era's most popular figures. Have You Seen Me Lately? was released in 1988 at the height of his fame. It was his second solo album (following Louder Than Hell and preceding Leader of the Band). On it, he voices his distaste for prophylactics ("Rubber Love"), groundbreaking personal pleasure technology ("Pocket Toys"), and fallen televangelists ("The Story of Jim Bakker"), ending the record with a hit cover version of "Wild Thing." Kinison was killed by a drunk driver in 1992; he may be gone, but his unique brand of humor will live forever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A true one-of-a-kind comedian, Sam Kinison had a short but wildly successful career. Turning to stand-up comedy after seven years as a Pentecostal preacher, he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield in the mid-'80s and was soon featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Flaunting a singular style that incorporated high-volume shouting and no-hold-barred subject material that often addressed drug use, heavy drinking, wild sex, and the hypocrisy of organized religion, he fast became one of the era's most popular figures. Have You Seen Me Lately? was released in 1988 at the height of his fame. It was his second solo album (following Louder Than Hell and preceding Leader of the Band). On it, he voices his distaste for prophylactics ("Rubber Love"), groundbreaking personal pleasure technology ("Pocket Toys"), and fallen televangelists ("The Story of Jim Bakker"), ending the record with a hit cover version of "Wild Thing." Kinison was killed by a drunk driver in 1992; he may be gone, but his unique brand of humor will live forever.

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