Various Artists, The Watergate Comedy Album, Hidden Records ST-11202, 1973
I imagine this record having an immediate impact on the Anti-Nixon part of the public when it came out in the Summer of 1973. It features and all-star cast and a ready made idea for a comedy album. Yet within months the political events of the day had changed and suddenly the funny wasn’t so much.
The record features the essence of the Watergate Scandal as I (who was 7 years old in 1973) understand it. As in, it was not yet the scandal that would bring down a president, but was already the worst scandal to hit the United States. Somehow, I can;t imagine this record being as funny as it seemed once the conversation turned to private tapes and 18 minute gaps.
I suppose the take away from my first theme week is that when making a novelty record, at least in the 21st Century, is to make it a universal subject. Something that is resolved, at least in the public consciousness, before going all out in what seems hilarious in the moment.
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