In times of tragedy, no one articulates the sadness and outrage of a world gone mad quite like Neil Hamburger -- he makes us laugh through the tears, his comic insight the proverbial light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. On this tribute to Diana, the beloved People's Princess, Hamburger delivers pointed commentary on the media ("Did you hear the one about the paparazzi with the heart of gold? He stole it from Princess Diana as she lay dying"), poetic injustice ("With a name like Princess Di, it was bound to happen sooner or later -- you take Liv Ullman, that woman's got the right idea"), and the price of fame ("I wish more people recognized me -- I keep expecting my manager to suggest I off myself in a car crash and see if that helps things"). Pressed on black vinyl (for mourning), this 7" also includes a "moment of silence," an entire side sans hilarity to serve as the ideal soundtrack to deep thoughts on life and death. (When played back at 78 rpm, it can also serve as a moment of silence for Sonny Bono.) So lovingly rendered you'd swear it was pressed by the Franklin Mint, it's a keepsake worth keeping, and comes complete with a tissue to dab away the tears -- of sorrow, yes, but also of laughter. All proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
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