February 23, 2004

RIP, Bill

Posted by shonk at 11:28 PM in Art | TrackBack

Even after ten years, Bill Hicks is still missed. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to Flying Saucer Tour, Vol 1.


It's strange that that article chose to focus on Bill Hicks' ranting about smoking because those rants, while extraordinarily funny, I have always found to be among his more trivial and less controversial subjects, the sort of aimlessly provocative Denis Leary material that certain government-subsidized networks, for example, could broadcast to represent the illusion of provocation and anti-establishmentarianism without actually offending or inciting many of their audience members.

Posted by: Curt at February 25, 2004 04:47 PM

I'm surprised that you find that strange. After all, this is the BBC we're talking about. You think they're going to want anything to do with with his more insightful or controversial opinions? Especially since his opinion that the news is controlled and used as propaganda by the media in collaboration with the government and big corporations is even more obviously true in Britain than in the U.S.

Posted by: shonk at February 25, 2004 05:26 PM
Trackback from Gavin's Blog.com
February 25, 2004 06:17 PM
Last laugh: Bill Hicks
Excerpt: First article I've seen in the lead up to Bill's anniversary. A good job with some good exerpts. I also found this mention on a blog too. I found some more mentions in quite a few places using technorati....


Posted by: Curt at February 25, 2004 11:16 PM

You'll have to excuse me, my sarcasm detector is malfunctioning. I haven't gotten much sleep lately.

Posted by: shonk at February 26, 2004 02:14 AM

By the way, the Guardian article that we are trackback-linked to above is much better, with some decent excerpts of the heart of Bill's repertoire. Unfortunately, on a page, without the effect of his voice and delivery, some of it seems a little too Michael Moore-ish for comfort.

Posted by: Curt at February 26, 2004 11:44 AM