Various Artists

Celebrities...At Their Worst, Vol. 2

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A welcome and worthy follow-up to the first Celebrities...at Their Worst, this second two-disc collection takes a further dive into the world of mistakes and true colors coming out from behind the public personas. Given the number of people specifically thanked for contributions -- among other famous names, Daryl Hannah, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, and Matt Groening are mentioned -- there's little doubt that Bolles has built up quite a network of people eager to share the goods. The first disc follows the all-over-the-place format of the original set, with some utterly outrageous examples right at the start. Hearing Tiny Tim perform an astounding ditty called "Santa Claus Has Got the AIDS This Year" is unsettling enough, but what Elton John does in a mock radio ad for a New York sex accessories store at some point in the '70s is indescribable. Following up on a couple of brief clips in the first volume, a slew of Elvis Presley cuts turn up, more than a few of which readily explain Public Enemy's declared venom for the man. A hilarious studio duet from LaVerne Baker and Jackie Wilson is a real treat, a great soul burn with lyrics that couldn't be put on radio anywhere. The most legendary snippet is Linda McCartney's isolated vocals/keyboard tracks from a Wings show, confirming that she was no musician -- at all. The second disc is comparatively less interesting, being a collection of recordings from Friars Club Roasts over the moons. Hearing a bunch of stupid dick and sex jokes from a collection of celebrity sleazeballs is enough to curdle milk, but the true horror is an astoundingly oily piano/vocal number from Rob Reiner about the virtues of Billy Crystal.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:54
2
1:25
3
1:15
4
2:24
5
0:49
6
1:44
7
1:04
8
5:59
9
1:06
10
1:38
11
3:38
12
5:13
13
4:57
14
9:47
15
3:09
16
1:10
17
3:12
18
11:36
19
8:00
20
0:44
21
1:47

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:03
2
0:33
3
0:42
4
0:31
5
2:28
6
0:28
7
0:28
8
3:21
9
0:46
10
4:18
11
6:42
12
0:33
13
0:40
14
1:01
15
1:52
16
0:42
17
2:09
18
0:49
19
0:43
20
0:42
21
0:13
22
2:21
23
1:01
24
0:56
25
1:40
26
5:39
27
0:19
28
4:11
29
1:29
30
3:30
31
2:11
32
1:53
33
1:51
34
0:31
35
2:27
36
1:18
37
2:09
38
1:06
39
3:32
40
2:39
41
0:29
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