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Saturday, 2 June 2012


This is easily the most offensive content I've ever put on Retrospace, but I simply couldn't resist any longer.  Me keeping this from you would just be wrong..... there would always be this thing between us, and sometimes it's just better to get it out in the open - no matter how upsetting it is at first.

In 1975, ventriloquist, Richard Sanfield, put out an album that would make even the most resilient comedy fans do a double take.  This is the stuff of Bill Cosby's nightmares. Granted, it's not a whole lot more offensive than some of Richard Pryor's stuff; however, when combined with the album cover, this one easily takes the prize for tastelessness.

In fact, the cover really has no business being on Retrospace at all.  If you want to see it, click here. I won't stop you.... but don't say you haven't been warned.  And truth be told, we probably wouldn't be talking about this LP today if it weren't for its near legendary status as one of the worst album covers of all time.

Look, I'm no politically correct pantywaist that's worried about ruffling feathers.  I wouldn't be putting this out there if I was.  However, I respect the fact that some things just aren't for everyone.

So, what's the allure? Well, it's a combination of things.  First, the album cover has achieved a bit of notoriety over the years, and I'm always excited to hear what lies behind tawdry vinyl icons such as this. Second, it's a great immersion into the seventies, with lots of pop references. And third, it's actually kind of funny - picture Richard Pryor mixed with Dave Chappelle. If you can get past the repeated use of the N Word, you might actually catch yourself laughing.

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Note: Fans of Arrested Development will no doubt be reminded of Gob's equally offensive ventriloquist dummy, Franklin.

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