While it's understandable for most to pass off Morton Downey, Jr.'s 1989 album, Sings, as a mere cash-in on the popularity of his then-thriving television show, Downey was indeed a singer years before causing a splash with his loudmouth antics in the '80s. That said, this album is deeply rooted in the outspoken shtick of his entertaining show. This is especially evident by the lyrics in such tunes as "Zip It" (a phrase Downey would often use to tell guests to pipe down if they said something he didn't like), as well as the album opener "Blue Collar King" (which, although entirely about Downey, is interestingly not sung by him). Musically, the songs are in a pop/country vein, and such standouts as "Hey, Mr. Dealer," "Old Man" (not to be confused with the Neil Young song of the same name), and "Mr. Yuppie's Birthday Party" are all (inadvertently?) hilarious. If you're a fan of Dr. Demento collections and/or William Shatner's recordings, Sings is a must hear. Start scouring ebay.
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