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In the Next World, You're on Your Own

In the Next World, You're on Your Own was the last comedy album recorded by The Firesign Theatre for Columbia Records. It was released in 1975.

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Police Street" – 21:30

Side two

  1. "We've Lost Our Big Kabloona" – 22:30

Detailed track information and commentary

The first side of the album, "Police Street", features a group of sketches interconnected by the kind of police log that is typical of Austin's detective writing (Austin being best known as the detective character Nick Danger). The highlight sketch is "Give It Back," a mock game show in which losing contestants have to surrender their parents' material possessions to the Native Americans.

The second side of the album, "We've Lost Our Big Kabloona", culminates in a hostage situation at gunpoint occurring at the Academy Awards. In this sketch, the hostage-taker was the loser/winner of the "Give It Back" sketch on the first side of the album. This sketch was inspired by Sacheen Littlefeather's appearance at the 1973 Academy Awards.

Issues and reissues

This album was originally released simultaneously on LP and 8 Track.

  • LP — Columbia PC-33475
  • 8 Track — Columbia PCA-33475

It has been re-released on CD at least once

  • 2001 - Laugh.com LGH1078

Miscellanea

This album was the only commercial album during the group's Columbia Records period that was released under the group name but not crediting all four members as writers. The script is formally credited only to Phil Austin and David Ossman, although the other two members, Peter Bergman and Philip Proctor, honed their parts further during recording. The result, while highly polished as always, did not sell well, and the label declined to renew the group's contract.

This album was recorded in the same Warner Brothers studio in Burbank where John Lennon and Harry Nilsson recorded "Pussy Cats." (Also same engineer at the boards).

Memorable quotes

  • Skip Coolzip

"Eat flaming death, fascist media pigs!"

Cover art

The album cover by William Stout references many of Firesign Theatre's previous albums.

  • Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers
    • Morse Science High.
    • Groat Cakes
    • Pico & Alvarado
    • More Sugar
    • George Papoon (first appearance, on the back cover)
  • Dear Friends
    • Adult Bookstore Motel
    • Old Oildale Highway
  • Everything You Know Is Wrong
    • Bear Whiz Beer

Also appearing on the back cover are all four members in cartoon form.

External sources

  • Firesign Theatre. In the Next World, You're on Your Own. Columbia Records, 1975.
  • Firesign Theatre. Firesign Theatre. 9 February 2006 .
  • "FIREZINE: Linques!." Firesign Theatre FAQ. 10 February 2006 .
  • Marsh, Dave, and Greil Marcus. "The Firesign Theatre." The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Ed. Dave Marsh and John Swenson. New York: Random House, 1983. 175-176.
  • Smith, Ronald L. The Goldmine Comedy Record Price Guide. Iola: Krause, 1996. 124-127.

Citations

  • Marsh, Dave, and Greil Marcus. "The Firesign Theatre." The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Ed. Dave Marsh and John Swenson. New York: Random House, 1983. 175-176.
  • Smith, Ronald L. The Goldmine Comedy Record Price Guide. Iola: Krause, 1996. 124-127.
  • Firesign Theatre. In the Next World, You're on Your Own. Columbia Records, 1975.
  • "FIREZINE: Linques!." Firesign Theatre FAQ. 10 February 2006.
  • "Firesign Theatre — In The Next World You're On Your Own CD — AUDIO ONLY." Laugh.com. Laugh.com. 11 February2006

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