Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Spike Jones

  • Musical Depreciation Revue: The Spike Jones Anthology [Rhino, 1995] A

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Musical Depreciation Revue: The Spike Jones Anthology [Rhino, 1995]
I've heard bitch-and-hoe jokes funnier than the ugly "Wild Bill Hiccup" and the wife-baiting "Happy New Year." But the king of musical comedy cared too little for sex to let reflexive misogyny stand in his way. He was a stickler for detail in a good cause--the democratic largesse of his panethnic stereotyping reveals Zappa's misanthropic perfectionism for the baseless condescension it was, and no one deserves his panoply of fart noises more than the German tyrant and Italian composers he cut them for. Liberace and Peter Lorre and Maurice Chevalier and I hope tiki music are behind us forever, but the fun he made of them lives on. And the winner is--Fietlebaum. A