Murray Roman

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Briefly touted as a likely successor to Lenny Bruce, late-60s comedian Roman achieved a cult popularity in Britain through import copies of You Can’t Beat People Up And Have Them Say I Love You. His routines…
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Briefly touted as a likely successor to Lenny Bruce, late-60s comedian Roman achieved a cult popularity in Britain through import copies of You Can’t Beat People Up And Have Them Say I Love You. His routines centred chiefly on sex and drugs and were punctuated by discotheque soul as if to emphasize a party-like atmosphere. The UK rights were later acquired by Track Records, which also issued Roman’s second set, Blind Man’s Movie. The title was inspired by a remark attributed to Ray Charles and the album’s fold-out sleeve was entirely matt black. The collection failed to emulate the popularity of its predecessor as it became clear that, despite surface similarities, Roman lacked Bruce’s depth and sense of irony. Busted, which offered one side of old material and another chronicling the comedian’s spell in prison, proved unrewarding and signalled the end of its creator’s brief fame.