Great Phone Calls

Performers Various Artists

Ipecac | August 23, 2006 | Compact Disc

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Although this album is now credited to Neil Hamburger -- and it does feature the faux comedian's first appearance -- he appears on it only briefly, and in a slightly different incarnation, than he would on his "solo" albums. Great Phone Calls is, in fact, a series of intensely funny prank phone calls, supposedly made by Amarillo Records head Gregg Turkington, although his name appears nowhere on the disc. The calls that feature Neil Hamburger have the comedian ringing up comedy clubs and begging for gigs ("What's going on there tonight? Cancel it! Neil Hamburger's in town!"), and while they're funny, there's much better material on Great Phone Calls. The hilarious "I'm in Your Band" documents the caller's conversation with an unfortunate soul who placed an ad looking for an "alternative bass player"; after five excruciating minutes he ends up with an offer to fistfight in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. There are 15 tracks and not a dud among them, making Great Phone Calls -- along with the similarly bizarre Longmont Potion Castle -- essential listening. As its packaging suggests, in deliberately broken English, "Every one love to laugh but this ablum really doing the good thing." ~ Josh Modell

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 23, 2006

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Ipecac

UPC: 689230001027

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Great Phone Calls

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 23, 2006

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Ipecac

UPC: 689230001027


Title Track Time
1.I'm in Your Band - Neil Hamburger --
2.Cancel It! - Neil Hamburger --
3.Hijinx - Neil Hamburger --
4.Hijinx and a Child - Neil Hamburger --
5.Score to Settle, A - Neil Hamburger --
6.Blood Pizza - Neil Hamburger --
7.Graduate of Yaoo - Neil Hamburger --
8.(Write My) Name on the Toilet - Neil Hamburger --
9.You're Not Good Enough - Neil Hamburger --
10.Special Request, A - Neil Hamburger --
11.Rock & Roll - Neil Hamburger --
12.Pickle Potato - Neil Hamburger --
13.Man from Hott, The - Neil Hamburger --
14.Music of the Night - Mike Patton/Neil Hamburger --
15.Nationally-Known Comedian, A - Neil Hamburger --
16.I Got Shot - Neil Hamburger --
17.Nude Models - Neil Hamburger --
18.MHC - Neil Hamburger --
19.Nobody Seems to Love Me - Neil Hamburger --
20.SF Hotline - Neil Hamburger --
21.Friends - Neil Hamburger --
22.Pablo Cruise Fan Club - Neil Hamburger --

Editorial Notes

Although this album is now credited to Neil Hamburger -- and it does feature the faux comedian's first appearance -- he appears on it only briefly, and in a slightly different incarnation, than he would on his "solo" albums. Great Phone Calls is, in fact, a series of intensely funny prank phone calls, supposedly made by Amarillo Records head Gregg Turkington, although his name appears nowhere on the disc. The calls that feature Neil Hamburger have the comedian ringing up comedy clubs and begging for gigs ("What's going on there tonight? Cancel it! Neil Hamburger's in town!"), and while they're funny, there's much better material on Great Phone Calls. The hilarious "I'm in Your Band" documents the caller's conversation with an unfortunate soul who placed an ad looking for an "alternative bass player"; after five excruciating minutes he ends up with an offer to fistfight in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. There are 15 tracks and not a dud among them, making Great Phone Calls -- along with the similarly bizarre Longmont Potion Castle -- essential listening. As its packaging suggests, in deliberately broken English, "Every one love to laugh but this ablum really doing the good thing." ~ Josh Modell
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