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[WEEKLY VINYL] Carlin's Seven Dirty Words

[WEEKLY VINYL] Carlin's Seven Dirty Words

In 1978, George Carlin was already very well known for pushing barriers in obscenity onstage. He was a huge Lenny Bruce fan and was not only present when Bruce was arrested in the ‘60s, but was also taken in as well. He was arrested for his own stage show in 1972 while performing in Milwaukee. Carlin would refer to the seven words he was cited for using as the Milwaukee Seven. 

When he released his 1972 Lp Class Clown, it included the bit under the title Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.  He expanded the hit bit on his next Lp Occupation Foole.

This is about the time that the FCC got involved. A listener to a public broadcasting station heard his bit Filthy Words off his then-new Lp Occupation: Foole and went goofy. This led to rulings, and filings, and determinations and finally, a somewhat definitive list of things you can’t say on the radio.  

Now here’s where it gets weird. Five years later, when Little David pulled together their ‘best of’ album under the title Indecent Exposure, they pressed up this radio-only 45 of that bit, making it clear that it’s suitable for airplay (they altered it a bit) so the station could tweak the FCC and satisfy the curiosity of the public.

This record was never sold to the public and this version has never been available anywhere. It’s just one of those odd little backwaters here in the vast 24/7 Comedy vault. 

 

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