THE FIRESIGN THEATRE
The Bride of Firesign (Rhino)
Reviewed by Rusty Pipes
I'm going to write a review of this Firesign record based on one listen, which
is probably a cardinal sin. Or was that an ordinal sin, because "first" is an
ordinal number after all. Who cares? I'm just going to push this little chromium
switch and do it.
First thoughts about the first cut, "Pulling It Off Like A Man," an ode to the
manly organ. This probably is worth its weight in laughs, and gold too, and
keeps my interest, well, up! Somehow I thought this would be a Nick Danger
album! But no, it's another puzzle box. Oh wait, here's Nick on cut three, with
a seven minute mini-adventure, this is good! Full of fermented Firesign-isms.
And full of silly station breaks too! These guys are in fine voice, who did the
voice from the minaret there, Phil or Phil maybe? And Nick's still on the case
in cut four "The Bride Stripped Bare, maybe this is a Danger-ous mystery after
all! Hey where did everybody go? Who are all these Canadians here? At least Nick
has Relent the Dog to talk to. What was the name of that restaurant, Thai-Food
Mary!? Be-Bop Loco and Chump Threads are back. Well of course, the whole CD is
brought to you by US Plus, but how did Porgy and Mudhead get in here? This seems
like a bag of pop-corn shaken up with the Firesign's own special seasoning. And
what seasoned veterans they are. Ralph Spoilsport pops up again too, selling the
Britney 2100. Here's Alvin Bradshaw, being interviewed on Night Whispers, and
where would Danger and Bradshaw be without Rocky Rococo? So the dog brought you
here? No hard feelings! Omigod, all three are singing! And Mr. Announcer is too!
Doctor Firesign is pulling the switch on the Bride and Relent is licking
Danger's face, bringing him back to consciousness just in time to see... The
corneas for the Bride got delivered but my picture's out. What exactly are those
pop-corneas seeing anyway?
Wow, it's over already? I'm confused but happy.
They've pulled it off again, especially the first cut which, um, stands by
itself, but moves smoothly into the interior of The Bride Of Firesign. Well,
what did you expect from the grand masters of audio humor? Weirdly cool, and
riotously funny if you pay attention. It helps if you can speak Firesign, but
there's enough up front jokes to keep you going until you learn. Me? I still
have this story thread in my hand and I'm still not sure where it leads, so I
guess I'll have to hit the play button again.
© 2002 - Rusty Pipes