Jimmie Walker, Dyn-O-Mite, Buddah Records BDS-5635, 1975
This is one of the more noble attempts at fame for an album produced from the fame of a hit TV show. Good Times was a top 10 show spun off from a top 10 show (Maude) that was also spun off from the #1 show All In The Family. It’s probably always the hope of a family sitcom producer to have the eldest son on the show become a teen idol, and while that wasn’t really the case here, there’s no doubt that “JJ” made the show a hit.
By trade, Walker got his start in stand up. So when it came time make a sudden fame based album, recording a comedy routine seemed like a better choice than making a subpar funk album. Go with your strengths, right?
Except that comedy was going through a big change in the 70s. Censorship battles were largely over and the new freedom allowed Richard Pryor and George Carlin to go where no comic had gone before. Walker tries here, but the material just doesn’t work. At least if it did work in 1975, it doesn’t work now. Turning a TV catchphrase into a stand up set would be hard enough, but this performance is not what I would call dynamite.
Cost: $2, $298 Remaining