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Rant in E Minor [Live]

Bill HicksAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009QI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Part One, Chapter One: Fevered Egos
2. Part One, Chapter One: Easter
3. Part One, Chapter One: Gideons
4. Part One, Chapter Two: People Suck
5. Part One, Chapter Two: Pro Life
6. Part One, Chapter Two: People Who Hate People
7. Part One, Chapter Two: Non-smokers
8. Part One, Chapter Two: Gifts Of Forgivness
9. Part One, Chapter Two: Purple Vein Dick Joke
10. Part One, Chapter Three: Confession Time (Cops)
11. Part One, Chapter Three: Wax Dart
12. Part One, Chapter Three: I'm Talking To The Women Here
13. Part Two, Chapter Four: You're Wrong Night
14. Part Two, Chapter Five: A New Flag (Patriotism)
15. Part Two, Chapter Five: Gays In The Military
16. Part Two, Chapter Five: I.R.S. Bust
17. Part Two, Chapter Five: Politics In America
18. Part Two, Chapter Five: Quiet Loner
19. Part Two, Chapter Six: Artistic Roll Call
20. Part Two, Chapter Six: Orange Drink
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Bill Hicks was crass, obstreperous, and undeniably offensive. He was also one of the funniest comedians ever, in the malicious tradition of George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, hiding social commentary in the bluster of standup. Rant in E-Minor is probably the best introduction to his work, containing his opinions on such tame subjects as abortion, gays in the military, and Rush Limbaugh. Agree with him or not--and you'd be hard put to find anyone who agrees with everything Hicks had to say--it's devilishly clever stuff; even the dated material is still funny and fresh. Hicks was a twisted genius of the highest order, and he's sorely missed. --Genevieve Williams

Product Description

This is Hicks at his most vitriolic, his most virulent-you can't help but laugh even as his humor plunges deep into darkness. Includes People Who Hate People; Artistic Roll Call; Fevered Egos; Pro Life , and more recorded in '92 and '93.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hicks...smarter than the averege comic June 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Rant in E-minor is Bill Hicks at his best. Not holding anything back. At all. Right from the start,no one is safe. From Billy Ray Cyrus to George Bush, Hicks' addresses many issuses that the averege comdeian usually stays away from, such as Abortion to Gays in the millitary. This, out of all four major releases, is by far the best. Though Rant in E-minor is better off to save as the last of Hicks' CD's to buy, because it's so out there, and really truly greatly funny. Bill Hicks ranting under the stars for all of us the apathic masses. RIP Bill, you are missed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars do yourself a favor.....buy it December 30, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard Hicks on a comedy special on showtime I believe about 8 years ago. I didn't catch the name..but I thought the guy was hilarious. He was doing a routine about playing the new kids on the block backwards, and I was rolling on the floor. Well, years later, I was listening to Dennis Leary, and decided to buy a cd by what I thought was an unknown artist, and lo and behold it was the same guy I had seen so long ago. I nearly cried with laughter, and immediately ran out of my job (no kidding) to buy his other 3 albums. It was money well spent. You can't go wrong with this purchase...and if you need the cash..go sell anything by Dennis Leary you may have...As Bill Hicks once implied, his big secret was that he stole all Leary's material and just to throw people off, he did it before Leary, and actually made it funny. (Listen to them both, especially the bits on non-smokers and rockstars, and it becomes eerily obvious where Leary "borrowed" much of his material from...)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rest In Peace Maestro January 28, 2004
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If there is one Bill Hicks album you must own, Rant In E Minor is it. No, I take that back, if there is one album in general that you must own, Rant In E Minor is it. This album will seriously change the way you look at everything. It was his last stand up performance ever, after he learned he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. He takes no prisoners with this one. Everything he says is like another blow to the gut. He had a way with words like no other. I agree with the people that say that Bill Hicks was more of a philosopher than a comedian, well a philosopher with punchlines I guess. This performance was executed with passion, honesty, and sincerity. He uses his time onstage to shed light on true human thoughts and emotions. You know? The stuff that everyone thinks about, but acts offended when brought up verbally. Check out the end of his hilarious Pro Life bit. His stuff is like fertillizer for the ever growing mind. I'll wrap this up by saying this, if you don't own this, scroll back up and click the add-to-cart icon right now!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icon in the oven. January 9, 2001
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Bill Hicks is one of the greatest, most profound and important artists of the century that just past. For this quite possibly outlandish claim to make any sense one has to listen to this disc and then think about what it must have been like to tour as a nearly anonymous stand up bravely putting his entire, uncensored, highly personalized views of life on the line in front of drunken bar full after drunken bar full of total strangers from all walks of life. This man had a truly unique vision and the courage to subvert a contemporary art form to provide him with a method for disseminating it. This is high art, and vulgar humor, and hysterical humor, and offensive humor, and provocation, and courage in action. Even those who disagree with his assault on conventional thinking should have the honor and integrity to recognize that this was one of the most courageous men in comedy. He didn't perform to get laughs or be liked, he got laughs to keep people listening to the things he had to say and the ideas he wanted to communicate. In a time when the idea of standing on a soapbox to speak about the world is dead Bill Hicks found a way of communicating extremely complex ideas in a completely original way. He redefines what comedy, art, and a single person with a single point of view are capable of. If Andy Kaufman can be declared a genius for throwing a wrench into the works of mass media then it probably won't be long until Bill Hicks is taken up by a wider and wider audience and hailed for throwing a complex, unique, entirely thought out world view in to the mix as well. Even more incredible is that he found a way to do it. Agree with him or disagree with him, the man found a way to communicate his individual ideas and point of view in an age where the din of mass media drowned out individuals. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voice of sanity for insane times August 24, 2005
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"Rant in E-Minor" is not quite as polished or hilarious as the stunning "Shock & Awe" CD recorded in England at around the same time (near the end of Bill's life), but it remains as valid today as when it was first delivered.

These are crazy times, and Hicks' take on things, from Iraq (after the first Gulf War) to 'right-to-lifers' to Rush Limbaugh is a voice of sanity amidst the nutso headlines and phony TV "news" shows.

A word of caution, however. This is not for children or those with tender sensibilities. Bill's take on Limbaugh, for example, is a dark musing on the latter's probable sexual problems, featuring speculation as likely true as it is disgusting. To be shared with close friends, allies, and all others seeking a good hour's worth of laughter which sometimes hits 10 on the Richter Scale.

We miss you, Bill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but a mish-mash album.
Spend your money on Bill's other albums, as this album features only bits taken from multiple appearances he did during a tour, so there is a lot of repetive material that is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by S. C. Walstad
5.0 out of 5 stars Fury with a twinkle in the eye.
This is the best recorded Hicks work. The dated references are funny none-the-less and he continues to remind me of the error of my thoughts. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Tex: Innocent
4.0 out of 5 stars Manage Your Expectations, But It's Great
Bill Hicks was a brilliant comedian. He was also a brilliant thinker, and this work is equally about his thoughts and philosphies as it is about his humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Hicks (as usual)
I received the product not only before expected, but also in great condition (the only blemish was a minor crack on the back of the case). Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by KubrickFan84
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Great performances, great CD. Bill is not a joke man, that is one of his jokes. This CD after many years is still ahead of it's time, superb.
Published on August 18, 2011 by Al or Alison
3.0 out of 5 stars rants rants and more rants
Bill Hicks is certainly ranting in this one. There are a few jokes here and there, but it's mostly rants. I have to say that I'm disappointed with this purchase.
Published on June 4, 2011 by Mrs.VanV
3.0 out of 5 stars Angry Bill
This certainly isn't Bill's best. It is not on par with "Relentless" or "Dangerous". It's far angrier and as a result less humorous than those 2 recordings. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Eugene Axe
5.0 out of 5 stars Rant in E Minor
`Rant in E Minor' is the last album of Hick's work that was planned whilst he was still alive and it features a show where he is at his most angry and vitriolic. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy
Not recommended for everyone but Bill Hicks was a great biting comedian. Great commentary on our society and very entertaining.
Published on January 6, 2011 by Dsrtknght
5.0 out of 5 stars The Angry Sheep Herder & his Dark Poetry
For those who haven't hear this before, you are in for a real treat. This album (like the similar masterpiece Arizona Bay) is unique in many ways for blending music, live routines... Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Magic Lemur
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