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Bill Hicks w/ vs. CBS
(UnRessurected / Easter 2020)
When Bill Hicks’ 12th Late Night performance was scheduled (10/93), David Letterman had just moved from NBC to CBS, and at the time, his new network was running a series of pro-life “promotional” ads. Having included (as he always did) material related to his Southern Baptist, Bible-belt (Houston, Texas) upbringing, Bill’s final Letterman set was cut from the evening’s broadcast. Bill’s Christian material was deemed “inappropriate” by CBS’s department of “Standards and Practices.”

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illustration b/ dave hogerty (OriginalNoise.Org)

I thought it appropriate to “Resurrect” a taste of Bill Hicks’ Christian material, to “celebrate” Easter (2020), the first Holy Day in the Post-Trump, Fox News, Covid-19 Era. Of course Bill is still dead, but I think you’ll find his spirit alive, well, and still relevant today. Here’s a mix of Bill’s religious material and a selection of his favorite music, including Suicidal Tendencies, King Missile and Tool, with friend Maynard James Keenan, who sampled (“Third Eye”) and eulogized Bill (“Euology”) on Tool’s 1996 album, Aenima.

 

Church of Suicidal (Suicidal Tendencies)

 

Christianity
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Chocolate Bunnies
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Pro-Life Killers
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The Aliens Have Landed
in Fyfe, Alabama
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Era Of Assassination
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One Stroke at a Time
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What About the Death Penalty?
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The Lighter Side of Abortion
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The Sanctity Of Life
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Jesus Was Way Cool (King Missile)
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Stealing
In the Name of the Lord (Tack>>Head)

 

The Story of Willie (King Missile)

 

Eulogy(Tool)

 

Third Eye (Tool)

 

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan talks about Bill Hicks and comedy.

 

It’s Just A Ride
The first documentary film about Bill, produced after his death. Includes interviews with many of Bill’s peers, including David Letterman apologizing for having Bill’s last Late Night performance stricken from the show.