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The Essential Collection

Parental Advisory ed.

Import, 2 CD

4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Bill Hicks' extraordinary social commentary is as fresh and stunning today as it was in the 80's and 90's. He confronted mainstream beliefs and hypocrisy. Bill often engaged his audiences, encouraging them to travel with him and evolve. He described himself as "Chomsky with dick jokes." Hicks' career was short in span but powerful in impact. His rigorous touring schedule from the early 80's into the early 90's often tallied over 300 nights performing per year. Hicks appeared on Late Night with David Letterman eleven times during his career.


The Essential Collection is a 4 disc set (2 CD / 2 DVD) that encompasses Bill Hicks short but powerful career as a satirist, social critic and stand-up comedian. The 2 DVD discs feature over five hours of performance footage from Bill Hicks personal archives. The video content includes rare, never before seen performance footage of Bill from the early 80 s. Also included is the cult short film, NINJA BACHELOR PARTY (starring Bill Hicks, Kevin Booth and David Johndrow), interview footage with Bill, and a DVD photo gallery with pictures from Bill s personal archives. The 2 CD discs feature over two hours of Bill s best stand up material. Included are never before released performance pieces by Bill from a San Ramon, CA performance that was found in Bill s archives. The package also features liner notes from Henry Rollins, noted UK author Paul Outhwaite and UK journalist/tv personality, Clive Anderson. Also included in the package is a download card containing 11 original song recordings by Bill entitled, Lo-Fi Troubadour.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fevered Egos - Bill Hicks
  2. I m Talking To The Women Here - Bill Hicks
  3. My Favorite New Kid - Bill Hicks
  4. Marketing & Advertising - Bill Hicks
  5. Artistic Roll Call - Bill Hicks
  6. Orange Drink - Bill Hicks
  7. Save Willie - Bill Hicks
  8. Menu? - Bill Hicks
  9. A Killer Idea - Bill Hicks
  10. Goodbye You Lizard Scum - Bill Hicks
  11. Summertime - Bill Hicks
  12. Elvis (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  13. The News - Bill Hicks
  14. Confession Time (Cops) - Bill Hicks
  15. Please Do Not Disturb (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  16. Spectravision & Housekeeping - Bill Hicks
  17. Girl Of Your Dreams - Bill Hicks
  18. Clam Lappers & Sonic The Hedgehog TM - Bill Hicks
  19. What Is Pornography? - Bill Hicks
  20. Renting Pornos & Girlfriends (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  21. Name & Address Not Withheld (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  22. Beelzebozo (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  23. Pussywhipped Satan - Bill Hicks
  24. I Love My Job - Bill Hicks
  25. Audience Member / Old Folks Home Manager (Previously Unreleased) - Bill Hicks
  26. Worst Audience Ever - Bill Hicks
  27. The F Word - Bill Hicks
  28. My Parents - Bill Hicks

Disc: 2

  1. Drugs Have Done Good Things
  2. Rockers Against Drugs Suck
  3. We Live In A World
  4. Drugs Have Done Good Things Part 2 (Previously Unreleased)
  5. Ding Dong
  6. Gays In The Military
  7. Speaking Of Homosexuality
  8. Children On Airplanes
  9. Your Children Aren t Special
  10. Pro Life
  11. Non-Smokers
  12. Audience Member / Dental Assistant (Previously Unreleased)
  13. Smoking
  14. Smoking Tastes Great (Previously Unreleased)
  15. Yul Brynner
  16. Smoking In Heaven
  17. Flying Saucer Tour
  18. Burning Issues
  19. Odd Beliefs
  20. Kennedy & The Warren Commission
  21. Handguns UK vs. USA (Previously Unreleased)
  22. The Vision

Disc: 3

  1. DVD: The Early Years: Stand Up. Includes Houston, TX 1981, Houston, TX 1984, Indianapolis, IN 1985, Houston, TX 1986, The Early Years TV Interview (Previously Unreleased).
  2. DVD: The Outlaw Comics. Includes The Outlaw Comics Performance, and the Origins Of The Outlaw Comics (Previously Unreleased).
  3. Photo Gallery

Disc: 4

  1. DVD: Ninja Bachelor Party
  2. DVD: About Ninja Bachelor Party
  3. DVD: Austin Bootleg Series. Includes November '91, December '92, June '93, & October '93 (Previously Unreleased).
  4. DVD: About The Austin Bootleg Series


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B003WR9N6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,277 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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