Stan Freberg

Freberg Underground! Show No. 1

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Distressed with the move of commercial radio away from shows and into disk jockeys, Stan Freberg came up with a new idea: pay radio. Using his recording contract with Capitol, he presented old-style radio shows on-stage, with plans to record them, release them on LP, and let people buy them (that's pay radio in a nutshell). As this release was the only one in the series, listeners can only assume that the public wasn't as interested in the idea as Freberg was, but this album was quite funny regardless. There's a reminiscence about radio, a sketch about the switch to all-number telephone dialing, and new folk songs for people to sing in the year 2066. The best bit is a parody of Batman and Robin that drops Ronald Reagan into the Robin part; the villain fought by the pair is a Democratic governor who keeps trying to thwart Reagan's plans to become the next governor.

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