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Let’s Get Small

October 3, 2006

The following are a few lines from Steve Martin’s 1977 comedy/banjo (no, really) album Let’s Get Small.

“You just can’t sing a depressing song when you’re playing the banjo. You can’t just go, [plays the banjo] ‘Oh death, and grief, and sorrow, and murder.'”

“I always thought the banjo was the one thing that could’ve saved Nixon. [Plays the banjo.]”

On Nixon traveling to foreign countries: “I’d like to talk about politics, but first a little ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown.’ [Plays the banjo, frenetically.]”

“Doesn’t it seem like Carter should have a banjo? [Plays the banjo, and adopts a yokel’s voice, ostensibly Carter whilst playing the banjo, perhaps strolling shoeless and overall’d down a country dirt road.] ‘Oh hyuh hyuh hyoh, hyuh hyuh hyoh ….'”

It’s a fine, absurd album, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in comedy.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 4, 2006 1:37 pm

    These records were HUGE when I was in elementary school! Ah, the 70’s..when grade school kids everywhere could be heard quoting the strange and irreverant humor of Steve Martin.
    “King Tut”, from the record after this one was a huge hit. Good times, good times.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    October 4, 2006 1:37 pm

    These records were HUGE when I was in elementary school! Ah, the 70’s..when grade school kids everywhere could be heard quoting the strange and irreverant humor of Steve Martin.
    “King Tut”, from the record after this one was a huge hit. Good times, good times.

  3. Hunter Slaton permalink
    October 4, 2006 7:44 pm

    I have to get the Wild and Crazy Guy album; the only one I have is Let’s Get Small. Another great comedy album: Patton Oswalt’s Feelin’ Kinda Patton.

  4. Hunter Slaton permalink
    October 4, 2006 7:44 pm

    I have to get the Wild and Crazy Guy album; the only one I have is Let’s Get Small. Another great comedy album: Patton Oswalt’s Feelin’ Kinda Patton.

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