The fourth comedy recording made by The Firesign Theatre, released in 1971.
Clem, boards the bus and takes an open seat next to one of many bozos on the bus, such as his future companion Barney. The bus soon resumes its journey and proceeds to its final destination: the Future Fair, a free World's Fair-like exhibit comparing the past and future.
Once there, Clem joins other tourists in various interactive exhibits, which finally lead to the "President of the United States", a computer given a voice reminiscent of then-President Richard Nixon. When Clem reaches the front of the line, he turns out to know the right things to say to the computer to break through its defenses and ask questions it can't answer, finally causing the "President" to shut down. When this attack fails to bring down the Fair's main computer system, Clem creates a holographic image of himself and sends it in to electronically confront the master computer, "Dr. Memory". Clem is one of the first "computer hackers" mentioned in pop culture.
May 13, 2019 Subject:
I Don't Get "It".
Nah, i get "get" and dig the Firesigns, but i have no idea why some people post only 30 seconds of a record because they are frightened it is in copyright. Yet, someone else posts something FULLY, that is CLEARLY still in print and copyright!
OK, here's a few rules to go by before the surviving member of the Firesign Theatre have their attorneys slap a writ on you faster than whale dung slides off of a glacier. Um, for THIS posting, you are definitely in copyright infringement. See ya' in stir...
1] To be out of copyright (world-wide) the recording MUST be over 50 years old.
2] The original owning (authors. performers) persons must NOT be alive to have renewed their copyrights.
3] The Firesign Theatre are VERY MUCH ALIVE and are NOT millionaires. They depend on their BMI / ASCAP royalties to get them through their dotage. Yes, poor Peter Bergman has passed (I was devastated), but Austin, Ossman, Proctor and Bergman's Widow, are very much alive and ready to jump into your JIVE...turkey. So, rip this posting down REAL fast, and, in the future, try not to take the food out of the mouths of the creative, owning artists.
December 21, 2012 Subject:
Test Your Tin.
Siminal Hipster comedy from the early 70's.
In our circle the ability to recite entire albums of Firesign Theater comedy was the litmus test of just how hip you were. Classic mindbending comedy chock full of the most obscure references and deepest political humor ever made. Still as relevant today as it was tomorrow.