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Dangerous Live

4.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product Description

Here's the 1990 album that introduced so many to the confrontational, confessional comedic attack of Bill Hicks.

America was robbed of one its great comic minds when Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. Hicks was a sharpshooter who picked worthy targets and hit every one--whether gunning for sellout celebrities ("demons set loose on the earth to lower the standards"), hypocritical health nuts, or his own "goober dad." Hicks's 1990 debut is the sound of the comedian just warming up his loose cannon. He was as compassionate as he was vicious, asking for a little more logic and a lot less idiocy from this "retarded nation that we are." "Listen, read, calm down, relax, shut up," he urged fans--and suggested, without asking for a laugh, using defense money to feed and clothe the poor. End of (expletive deleted) story. --Michael Ruby

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Modern Bummer
  2. Smoking
  3. The War On Drugs
  4. I Love My Job
  5. Please Do Not Disturb
  6. Flying Saucer Tour
  7. We Live In A World...
  8. Burning Issues
  9. My Parents
  10. The Vision

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009QF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the Bill Hicks CD I'm stuck on right now. His insight on everything from music(I'll bet Jimi could shake Debbie Gibson's love right in half!), to bums being a sign that our system doesn't work was truly ahead of his time. This man is a legend taken from us too soon, yet not enough of us know him. You can probably tell that from the 40 people reacting to his material. Anyone who can make an audience laugh as hard as our dear departed friend did, while making us think about our world in broad terms is truly a special individual. His intellect is missed is a big way. Just like everyone else said, if you like Dennis Miller, Carlin, or Lenny Bruce, Bill's CDs are a must in your collection. And while you're at it..."TAKE SOME MUSHROOMS AND SQUEEGEE YOUR THIRD F**KING EYE! "
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Bill Hicks was one of the most UNDERRATED comedians ever, in my opinion. Why? Because I only discovered him about a week ago, and I LOVE listening to stand up comedians. I learned about him through this site, and by reading all of the rave reviews, I knew he was someone I had to check out. My first purchase was "Rant in E-Minor." Now, I have had the chance to pick up "Dangerous," which I think is his first album, or so I am told. Again, I was in awe and laughing many MANY times.
Very much like "Rant in E-Minor," Bill proves once again why he was so great at being funny. He makes you laugh, but makes you think at the same time. He doesn't go over the "typical routine," like family gimmicks and so on. He talked about the stuff that no one else would have the nerve to talk about. This album may not be as political as the "Rant in E-Minor," but it's just as well thought out and brutally honest. Very original and courageous material.
My favorite track? Don't have one. Why? Because this ENTIRE album is great. You lose the vibe you get from Bill if you only listen to certain tracks. Speaking of tracks, the track listing on the album is in the wrong order. It's okay, you don't need them. Because you will listen to the entire album over and over again.
Bill Hicks really deserved more recognition when he was alive. It's a shame. Why did I have to find out about him AFTER he died? Why wasn't he on TV enough? It's up to us to get his name out there and let people know that this is a brilliant comedian. I will be sure to get the other albums. We miss you Bill.
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Okay, so it's a trite sentiment, and it does require an open-minded definition of the word "good," but it's true. Bill Hicks single-handedly changed my idea of what comedians are capable of--and I'd grown up listening to Pryor, Carlin, and Bruce. I first heard of him while watching an hour long TV special on his life on Comedy Central, called "It's Only a Ride." I had never seen anything like it; it was the comic equivalent of seeing the Grand Canyon. Bill tackled subjects that most comics wouldn't touch; and that, not his profanity, is what made him so outrageous. Whereas most people look at the inanity and idiot-syncrasies of the modern world and merely roll their eyes, Hicks raised his voice. Unlike others who do so, Hicks actually had something to say. He was able to fully realize the comedian's rare ability to fully speak out on any subject he saw fit, and he made me laugh so hard, that for the only time in my life, I cried. I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Bill Hicks probably couldn't have agreed more...
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Simply great stand-up comedy, well executed. And strangely intellectual at times

There are lots of comedians who focus completely on subjects we can all relate to, but sometimes that means catering to the lowest common denominator. Then there are comedians who place a bigger emphasis on intellectual and political rants, but sometimes make you feel disconnected from them. So few comedians have been able to weave both of these extremes into a style all their own, and on top of that create something extremely funny and memorable. Bill Hicks was one them.

You'll find several of Hicks' well known routines here: smoking, the south, good times on drugs, popular music acts we love to hate, topical political rants. Granted, there have been plenty of comedians who have done routines on these same subjects both before and after Bill Hicks. [Yes, "before". Denis Leary bashers take note: there were way more than two comedians with rants on smoking, drugs, Jim Fixx, and the Judas Priest trials! Research before you jump to conclusions.] However, I find that Hicks' own approach to these subjects was exceptional and memorable. It's anything but hack. Most importantly, his material still remain very funny. This can't be said of most other topical comedy from years past.

So what makes "Dangerous" different from some of his other albums? Most of the posthumous releases from Bill Hicks are either compilations of incomplete shows, shows with lots of repeating material, or has Hicks' instrumental music added in between the tracks. Although the repeating pieces often have different twists to them, and the idea to add music was something that Hicks himself intended, personally I prefer going to the straight-forward, full comedy act recordings found in releases like "Dangerous".
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