Spin Made A List Of The 40 Greatest Comedy Albums…
Spin made a list of what they consider the 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of all time. And nothing puts people in a debatin’ mood better than a list that ranks things and forgets other things. And this list is no different.
After a once-over of the list and here are our thoughts.
They say the list is “definitive”: But, really? What list is? They are supposed to generate debate and the more debate they create, the better the list is. Right? Right.
It could have benefited from maybe a few ground rules: As comparing the work of the Smothers Brothers to Sam Kinison is as weird as it sounds. And if the list creators didn’t intentionally want to start a debate, perhaps breaking this thing out by decade woulda proven useful. Cultural norms switch and and are tough when weighing relevance. A great example they acknowledge is in regards to Eddie Murphy’s Comedian album and it’s frontloading with anti-homosexual sentiment and how it was viewed in the 80′s.
They picked the wrong albums for some of the greats: I’ll debate you as the day is long that Mitch All Together is the best Mitch Hedberg album. As I’m sure many will make the argument that Wild And Crazy Guy is the best Steve Martin album. Bill Cosby’s Himself is another that comes to mind. Bring The Pain is what made Chris Rock a household name, delivering many of the bits he’s still famous for today. But I’ll let that go on a technicality since it wasn’t released as an album, just a special.
The 00′s are under appreciated: Yes it might be a bit early to see how this generation’s new comedians stack up to the legends but the last decade delivered some of he finest, and more importantly, diverse comedy in years; and from blue collar to alternative, it’s thriving. One example: Dane Cook’s Retaliation deserves to be on this list, love it or hate it, the moves he made early in the new millennium with his initial albums laid the groundwork for how comedy would be delivered, shared, consumed and operate in a digital and social media world.
As I write this list, I realize that my comments too are probably just extended rants better served for the comments section of the list itself. What say you? Sound off!