Animal Stories Volume 1 Compilation
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Track Listing 1. Into/ Python Attacks Pekinese/ Constipated Chinchillas 2. Revenge: Cooked Parrot 3. Attemped Robbery 4. Mating Pandas 5. Maryland Surfer 6. Crazed Woodchucks 7. Prize Holstein Heifer 8. Camels Membranes 9. Gold Course Tragedy 10. Police Horse Stomps The Elderly 11. Egg Suckin' Dog 12. Cow Plops 13. Topper The Great Dane 14. Dog On Dashboard 15. Wild Russian Hogs 16. Snorting Frogs 17. Donkey Basketball & Frozen Turkey 18. Acorn Poisoning 19. Martina's Dog 20. Pig Survivor 21. Pig In Crash Test & Killer Groundhog In Morris 22. Ask The Chicken Expert & The Schnoodle 23. Surprise In The Toliet 24. Home Economics Mice 25. Mike The Headless Rooster 26. The Wise Old Bull 27. Terror In A Rubber Dinghy 28. Nightmare At 4AM 29. She Tried To Shoplift A Turkey 30. Gorilla Joke & Close With WLS Jingle
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Taken in this context, the show was very much ahead of its time. It was equal parts comedy and tragic social commentary. The world-weary, disillusioned (and possibly hung-over) voice of Uncle Lar' (a real-life version of Howard Hesseman's "Dr. Johnny Fever" from the "WKRP In Cincinnati" TV series) narrating animal-related news items, along with Lil' Tommy's incessant giggling, and the witty repartee' between the two, makes for an entertaining listen. This is also a fun trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up listening to WLS-AM89 in Chicago during the 1970's/1980's.
In 1980, Larry Lujack (a.k.a. "Uncle Lar") and his broadcasting sidekick Tommy Edwards (a.k.a. "Lil Tommy") were AM radio veterans from the 1960's & 70's who were struggling to remain relevant, and fighting to retain their creative license, at a time when huge corporate conglomerates were taking over virtually every major media outlet and standardizing radio playlists and formats throughout the country. Additionally, AM radio was being overtaken by FM's superior technological platform (which was broadcasting music in STEREO), and "shock-jocks" (who relied less on intelligence and more on gross-out comments & antics) were just coming into prominence. This final burst of creativity from Lujack was largely the reason that he ended up in the radio hall of fame.
Lujack & Edwards have their own website and there are actually several volumes of this "Best of" series to consider.
The "Cow Plops", "Topper the Great Dane" and "Terror In a Rubber Dinghy" bits from volume 1 had my young daughter and I laughing out loud. If you love radio, nostalgia, sardonic humor and animals, then this product might be just the right combination for you. I will most likely be buying a second one of these discs for the family vet at Christmas.