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Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon

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In the wake of Animal House , this greatest-hits collection came out on vinyl in '78. First time on CD for Save the Whales; I'm a Woman; Well-Intentioned Blues; Mission: Impeachable; Kung Fu Christmas , and the rest featuring John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Christopher Guest, Harold Ramis and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UPROAR
  • ASIN: B0002CHIOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to remember what a cultural force Nat Lamp was in the 1970's. Only an institution such as the Lampoon could have helped to create the keystone epic "Animal House" and, of course "SNL", arguably the two most important and influential comedy forces of the decade. So it is with this in mind that I try to remain at least mildly unbiased in my assessment of this disc as, frankly, some of it absolutely first rate, even thirty years later. And some of it is, well...

So, why should you buy this disc? Well, here's why you shouldn't: "Save The Whales" is good for one listen only, and frankly, should have been done much better; "I'm A Woman" is a testiment to the fact that Gilda Radner was both overrated and, at times, incredibly annoying (although, in all fairness to her, the material itself was dated and silly probably 18 months after it was first recorded and would have been if anyone else had done it); "Pizza Man", a "tribute" to vocal stylings of 1950's rock/doo-wop that comes across as one of those "Is this supposed to be funny or just stupid?" moments; and "Those Fabulous Sixties" which is a head scratcher in terms of why in the hell this one was included. So, you ask, what is left? What is left indeed. The remaining tracks teeter between incredibly funny to sheer, total brilliance. "Deteriorata" is an amazing, and amusing, parody of the incredibly insipid "Desidorata", one of the top selling singles of the early 70's.
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I love this album - the topical humor is centered around one of the happiest times of my life and the humor brings back a lot of good feelings between the many laughs.

I originally got the "Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon" back in the 80's on Vinyl. I'd looked for a CD version of this excellent collection of National Lampoon performances. Many of the fantastic performers went on to Saturday Night Live and Christopher Guest went on to the epic Spinal Tap and many other movies.

My favorites are "Kung-fu Christmas", "The Immigrants", "Mister Roberts", "Well Intentioned Blues", "Gymnasty", "Those Fabulous Sixties", "Deteriorata" and the whole rest of the album is very enjoyable, though not all of it holds up well over time. Many of the tracks are topical and depend on the context of their time. This may make their humor less appreciable by younger listeners. "Mission impeachable" is an example where younger listeners will be unlikely to appreciate the references to players in the Nixon resignation like those of us who lived through it all as adults.

There is material that is relatively timeless in this album for younger listeners. The timeless "Deteriorata" or "Mister Roberts" may be well received by younger adults. The bulk of the album is a performance of their times and a slice of 70's culture. For a younger listeners this is probably only 4 stars at best. If you are a child of the times like me the "Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon" is likely a 5 star laugh fest.

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"Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon" was released in the early 70s, and parodies topics and people that were "trending" back then.
That to say, the humor may seem dated if you're younger than say 30 or 35, and if you're born after 1990 there's a chance you won't get it at all.
But for the rest of us this album contains some of the most well written, thought provoking and smart comedy material ever put on an album.
The album has pieces that parody Mr. Rogers, John Lennon's infamous Rolling Stones interview, but paraphrased and put to the lyrics of a Beatles sounding song. There is a great parody on the now extinct K-Tel great hits mail order albums, and many more really smart skits including my favorite, "The Immigrants". Makes you think for sure.
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This 1978 release harkens back to the days when almost everyone in college knew what "NatLamp" was, National Lampoon, the hottest college comedy magazine there was. A good three years before the Not Ready for Prime Time Players introduced an entirely new generation of comedy to a USA waking up to the schlocky comedic drudge of Uncle Milty, Jack Benny and Foster Brooks, these guys and gals were laying the groundwork with biting irreverence, funny takes on violence and sex, and liberal profanity. A few short years later they brought us Animal House, then the Vacation series of films before the magazine crumbled and they flared out.

There's some heavy-duty comedy horsepower in here, with Chris Guest, Bill Murry, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Michael "Mister Mike" O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis and Paul Shaffer. You only get 13 short tracks, which was a lot on an LP, but which doesn't last long in a CD player. There's a mix of studio tracks and recordings from National Lampoon live shows.

This is a classic collection for those who remember it. If you liked it then, you still will, although you won't be listening to this release as often as you did way back when. I've run this past my teenage kids, and they just plain don't get it.
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