Sunday, July 18, 2010

PHIL HARTMAN - FLAT TV (1977/2002)

Here's some stuff you don't know about Phil Hartman:

1) He designed album covers for classic rock bands like Poco and America in the early 70's. He also designed the Crosby, Stills & Nash logo. True.
2) 1969-1971 he worked as a roadie in Santa Monica. True.
3) He co-developed the "Pee-Wee Herman" character with Paul Reubens and co-wrote the script for Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. True.
4) Before he was a "star" (1977) he recorded an entire album of spoken-word, experimental comedy loosely based around a dysfunctional family (The Sphincters) and their adventures in and around a television set. As much political satire (check out "The Israel Purchase", in which Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger turn the Gaza Strip into a theme park called The Promised Land) as it was a goofy spoof on American culture, the album (entitled Flat TV) never saw release until 2002, when Phil's brother John unearthed it and put it out posthumously. All voices (except the females) were performed by Phil, and although it can be easily interpreted as the schizophrenic work of a comedic genius, it works on even deeper layers as well. True.

(fast forward straight to track 13, "Xeno's Dream", after downloading)

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Some of my favorite Hartman moments:

SNL audition, 1985:

R.I.P. PHIL HARTMAN 1948-1998

One funny motherfucker.


Mister Booze said...

Yes! Phil did my favorite Frank Sinatra ever. I loved some of the lines he threw out to Michael Jackson on the Joe Pesci Show.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, thankyou for uploading. I've been trying to get this for forever.

Unlistenable said...

Could someone please repost a valid MediaFire or (otherwise) link to this album? This one is expired. I'm really having trouble finding this and I love Phil Hartman. It's a must hear for me.