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1987 — Bill Hicks, nearly homeless, invited to be part of Rodney Dangerfield’s Young Comedians special. (Also, Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr)
• THE RESURRECTION (2020)
— photograph b/ dave. (originalnoise.org)
After Bill’s death, a decision was made to release material Bill had recorded in 1992 and 1993, the time in which he knew he was dying. Rhino Records produced Arizona Bay and Rant In E-Minor, with plans for a 4-disc retrospective (box set) of Bill’s, including his first two records, Dangerous and Relentless. The Rhino art department had designed a package, using the (Flag Burning) portrait of Bill as the cover, but when asked (as a courtesy), Bill’s parents were offended by the picture, and disapproved of its use. In the end, Rhino scrapped the project, and instead released Arizona Bay and Rant In E-Minor individually, with “more appropriate” cover images, of course.
And Bill Hicks Never Told A Lie
• Sane Man (1989) Houston
• Dangerous (1990) audio
• One Night Stand (1991) Chicago
• Juste Pour Rire (1991) Montreal
• Relentless (1992) audio
• Revelations (1993) London
• It’s Just A Ride (1994) Documentary
• Arizona Bay b/ Bill Hicks (1997) audio
• Rant In E-Minor b/ Bill Hicks (1997) audio
— Corey Glover, The Dresser, Spike Lee (2016)
1990 — Bill Hicks / N.W.A.
Rage Against The Machine
King Missile (1987)
The Way To Salvation (1988)
“Stay” b/ David Bowie (1990)
w/ Adrian Belew
BODY COUNT (1990)
“Cop Killer” (1992) song
New Jack City (1991) trailer
New Jack City is a 1991 American action crime film based upon an original story and screenplay by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, and directed by Mario Van Peebles. This is the latter’s directorial debut, and Van Peebles also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, and Judd Nelson. The film was released in the United States on March 8, 1991. Wesley Snipes plays Nino Brown, a rising drug lord in New York City during the crack epidemic. Ice-T plays Scotty Appleton, a detective who vows to stop Nino’s criminal activity by going undercover to work for Nino’s gang.
Sugar Hill Records
Major Malfunction (1986)
Stranger Than Fiction (1989)
Adrian Sherwood (ON-U Sound)
Mark Stewart (Maffia)
As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade (1985)
Tackhead Tape Time (1987)
“What’s My Mission Now?“
“Mind at the End of the Tether”
Friendly as a Hand Grenade (1989)
Strange Things (1990) w/Mick Jagger
Little Axe (1992)
African Head Charge, Dub Syndicate, New Age Steppers and others. Subsets of the group have also appeared in various guises such as the Strange Parcels, Barmy Army, Bim Sherman, Prince Far I, Ghetto Priest, David Asher, The Process, Lion of Judah.
1991 — NYC
New Jack City (Soundtrack) 1991
• THE SINATRA GROUP / SNL (1/19/91)
Rodney King (March 3, 1991)
• BILL HICKS RODNEY KING (1992)
• LA RIOTS (1992)
Excuse Me, Excuse Me
Officer Big Balls
Officer Nigger Hater
“LOS ANGELES BURNS TO GROUND!”
“DID I LEAVE A CIGARETTE LIT?”
— Bill to David Letterman, After a Late Night performance. Talking about leaving Los Angeles (where he was living at the time), landing in London, and seeing the headline in a newspaper box. a Rodney King headline:
Colors (1988) trailer
Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action crime film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of Los Angeles: late-1980s South Central Los Angeles, Echo Park, Westlake and East Los Angeles. The film centers on Bob Hodges (Duvall), an experienced Los Angeles Police Department C.R.A.S.H. officer, and his rookie partner, Danny McGavin (Penn), who try to stop the gang violence between the Bloods, the Crips, and Hispanic street gangs. Colors relaunched Hopper as a director 19 years after Easy Rider, and inspired discussion over its depiction of gang life and gang violence.
Dr. Dre — “I’m a Pepper, You’re a Pepper”
“Dre’s A Pepper, Too.”
Snoop Dogg — Game Show Host
Pistachios w/ Martha Stewart
1992 — Relentless
Chicks Dig Jerks
HURRICANE ANDREW (AUG 24, 1992)
The People Who Hate People Party
Virus With Shoes.
1991 — NYC
“Teddy’s Sexy Romp”
• MTV SPRING BREAK AT THE KENNEDY COMPOUND (4/13/91)
— William Kennedy Smith
Mexican Restaurant (Basement/Brown Paper Shades)
Not Bill Hicks
Late (Closing) Set
Tom Ryan …
Leaving the next day, knew Tom from West Palm, and he was coincidentally there. Beers after the show, to empty streets, covered with a dusting of (still white) snow. Nice, knowing I’d be heading back to West Palm Beach later that morning.
• Palm Beach Babylon (1992)
b/ Murray Weiss / Bill Hoffman
The scandals that rocked Palm Beach. Fantasy Island, playground to the rich, the obnoxious, the insatiable, and those who are nothing other than criminally selfish and mean. What emerges from Weiss and Hoffman’s well written (and researched) book, is the realization that the salacious and scandalous likes of and Roxanne Pulitzer and William Kennedy Smith have nothing on Henry Flagler, Addison Mizner, and Joseph Kennedy, who frolicked (fucked around) on the small tropical island, generations before Hunter Thompson, drunk, rude, and clutching a tin of cocaine, got thrown out of the Breakers Hotel for threatening his wife in the hallway. We took him (safely away) to the Hilton, downtown WEST Palm Beach.
It appears scandals, whether about sex, thievery, or murder, are an old island tradition that Weiss and Hoffman (award-winning New York Post reporters) have documented in a most entertaining way.
INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW
The incident began on the evening of Good Friday, March 29, 1991, when Smith, then 30 years old, was in a bar (named Au Bar) in Palm Beach, Florida, with his uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, and his cousin Patrick J. Kennedy. There Smith met Patricia Bowman, a 29-year-old woman and another young woman at the bar. According to a police affidavit by investigating police officers who interviewed Bowman, Smith asked for a ride back to a nearby house owned by the Kennedy family. Smith and Bowman then walked along the beach…. Bowman told police that Smith then violently raped her. At trial, Smith said that he and Bowman had engaged in sex, but it had been consensual. Although three women, including a law student and a medical student, were willing to testify that Smith had sexually assaulted them in incidents in the 1980s that were not reported to the police, their testimony was excluded on the grounds that the pattern of behavior reported was not similar enough in its details to the Bowman case. Smith was acquitted of all charges.
It was at the Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach where I met the best stand up comedians. Comedy clubs were the suburban rage, starting in the mid-1980s, running into the 1990s. Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Sam Kinison, Rita Rudner, Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Poundstone, The Amazing Johnathan, Tom Kenny, Dom Irrera, Rich Jeni, Tommy Davidson, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, Steven Wright, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Julia Sweeny, Kevin Nealon …
The Night Snow Fell in Hell’s Kitchen
Sitting in the backseat of a cab, driving from Laguardia (airport) to the Algonquin Hotel at 59 West 44th Street. New York Post Headline (“Teddy’s Sexy Romp”) held by guys standing on the islands separating the lanes of traffic through the toll booth driving into Manhattan.
Midtown Manhattan / New York City
Bill Hick’s apartment while he was in Chicago, filming his
“One Night Stand” (HBO) special.
Refrigerator Door (Sweet Onions and Elvis) find picture.
Music (Cassette Tapes)
“I wonder what’s in this box over here?”
King Missile — “The World Would Have to End Without Willie.”
Eric Johnson — “Cliff’s Of Dover”
Bob Dylan “Did You Know He Sings?
Rage Against The Machine
King Missile (Downtown NYC)
Hell’s Kitchen (Fresh As The Fallen Snow)
Refrigerator, Cassette Tapes, Public Access Porn
Bill in Chicago taping his One Night Stand for HBO
Dennis Leary Late Set “You’re Not Bill Hicks”
Bill Hicks & David Letterman
Mick Jones (The Clash)
Martin Mull FM (movie)
Martin Mull is an American actor and comedian who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a painter and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2 Night. Among his other notable roles are Colonel Mustard in the 1985 film Clue.
SOAP — An American sitcom television series that originally ran on ABC from September 13, 1977, until April 20, 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. Similar to a soap opera, the show’s story was presented in a serial format, and featured melodramatic plotlines including alien abduction, demonic possession, extramarital affairs, murder, kidnapping, unknown diseases, amnesia, cults, organized crime warfare, a communist revolution and teacher-student relationships. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME,” and in 2010, the Tates and the Campbells ranked at number 17 in TV Guide‘s list of “TV’s Top Families.”
All That Glitters
1992 — NYC
“Teddy’s Sexy Romp” (New York Post Headline) Driving into New York City from Laguardia (International [Third-World] Airport)
Bruce Helander — Downstairs Mexican Restaurant, after show dinner with Martin Mull and a dozen of his artist friends, including Bruce Helander, an old, ’68, RISD studio mate, and now the gallery owner showing (representing) the comedian’s serious work as a painter.
Susan Hall (Kiss Army)
Late Night, after opening, Empty gallery, dark, except for lights directed on the Hansen figures, standing still along the walls, in the same spots where they had been while being stared at, their life-like look fascinating, the white wine drinking, privileged attendees. As all of Bruce’s openings. Royalty, Senators, the generally rich. Court Jester. Met when shooting a pictue of a nude sculpture called the “Sphinx,” on its hands and knees, waiting in the front window of his gallery. Not what the Palm Beach “proper” were used to seeing on Worth Avenue. The protest voices were loud, but there were plenty who liked it.
Worth Avenue (Gallery)
Russian Paper Collage
Bright Blue Cowboy Hat and Orange Boots
KGB guided Pied Piper, collecting paper for collage.
In Palm Beach, more a Jester / Hustler
“The Salesman” b/ Duane Hansen
Selling Ken Noland
Exxon CEO Wife and Daughter
“250,000, if you’re not selling it.”
Palm Beach Cottage
Vintage Coca Cola Wall
Claudia — Annie Lennox
Susan Hall (Kiss Army)
Martin Mull (Painter)
Opening at Helander’s SoHo Gallery
BACK TO NYC
Refrigerator — Onion Story
Cassettes — Music
Public Access Porn
Martin Mull X
Malcolm X (Leather Jacket) lost picture NYC
• THE SINATRA GROUP (12 / 14 / 91)
Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra
Sting as Billy Idol
Chris Rock as Luther Campbell
Jan Hooks as Sinead O’Connor, Luther Campbell
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — MC HAMMER
• MC HAMMER (12 / 07 / 91) — Kevin Nealon / Nora Dunn / Phil Hartman — Kevin’s wife Linda, (PETA) executive, and other vegetarians at after (SNL) show. John SuNuNu rowing a boat (cartoon) drawing by Kevin Hanging in House.
Steve Martin / James Taylor
• STEVE MARTIN (12 / 14 / 91)
Bill Hicks — NYC
Bob Dylan – “You know, he sings?”
Rage Against the Machine
Avoid being seen in warm-up
— dave. / original
Rage Against The Machine
Tool — 1993 Lollapalooza, Bill opens for Tool
Faith No More
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Miles w/ Prince
“The World Would Have To End Without Willie”
BOB — “You know, he sings?”
Lou Reed — New York (Richard Belzer)
Tom Ryan ? — 3AM downtown, empty street, fresh dusting of snow
“Teddy’s Sexy Romp”
Bruce Helander — in Letterman line
Warm up, not saying I’m from Palm Beach
Saturday Night Live
Kevin Nealon — John Sununu rowing
After Show, Peta officer/Nora Dunn — Vogue
Hammer — Host and Musical Guest
NEXT WEEK: Steve Martin and James Taylor