Forget getting stoned and playing records backwards while watching muted classic films; the best mix of weed and vinyl came out of the 60s and 70s counterculture era - the immensely popular comedy albums. A group of original hipster stoners would get together at someone’s house, open the bedroom window, stuff the bottom of the door with damp towels, turn down the lights, turn on the lava lamp, drop into a beanbag chair, get baked and listen to comedy albums. Drugs figured heavily in the humor of the era because they were already becoming an important element in the lives of young audiences. Beginning with Lenny Bruce, the new comedy - while for the most part banned from TV and radio - was able to survive and ultimately prevail through the platforms of the digital era.
American by Lenny Bruce
Vintage Lenny Bruce in American, features a spoof of anti-drug films life, “The Man With the Golden Arm;” a satirical advertisement for a brand of marijuana (“You mean all marijuana isn't alike?”); and a hilarious routine about kids and glue-sniffing.
A Pause in the Disaster by The Conception Corporation
A really outstanding piece of comedy production, A Pause in the Disaster consists of a series of spaced-out skits spoofing the mass media and culminating in their “Love of Grass”—a satirical soap opera about dopers.
A Child's Garden of Grass: A Pre-Legalization Comedy by Elektra Records
Adapted from the book of the same title by Jack Margolis and Richard Clorfene, A Child's Garden of Grass is a lavishly produced and consistently hilarious series of sketches dealing with various aspects of marijuana use ranks among the best comedy (drug or otherwise) albums ever recorded and is a must have for every pothead.
Conceptionland and Other States of Mind by the Conception Corporation
Pure Poona buds! If you can find Conceptionland and Other States of Mind, by all means, buy it. Not only does the first side contain Part II of their soap-opera serial “Love of Grass,” but the other side consists of a truly mind-blowing trip through “Conceptionland,” a sort of psychedelic amusement park whose various rides correspond to different drug trips.
Roller Maidens From Outer Space by Phil Austen
Women's liberation gets rough in kinky, psychedelic sci-fi as extraterrestrial feminists harass hip males. Produced by Firesign Theater regular Austin, Roller Maidens From Outer Space has a large supporting cast and original music.
The Uncle Dirty Primer by Uncle Dirty
A Lew Futterman production, The Uncle Dirty Primer contains numerous short “media spoofs” on the second side, and the first side has an excellent, very funny, nearly nine minute long track on mescaline.
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers by Firesign Theatre
I Think We're All Bozos on the Bus by Firesign Theatre
The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra by Firesign Theatre
Arnold's Wrecking Company by East Coast Records
The soundtrack album from a film which nobody seems to have heard of and which may not even have been released. Arnold's Wrecking Company, nonetheless, contains a number of excellent original dope songs, some very funny dialogue about a teenager's initial introduction to weed and subsequent career as an increasingly subsequent dealer, and finally a hilarious section on Mexico done as a sort of audio travelogue for heads.
How to Speak Hip by Del Close
Brilliantly anticipating the hip comedy of the next decade, How to Speak Hip takes the listener on a verbal tour of the cool, subterranean world inhabited by beats, jazz musicians and hipsters in the 1950s.
Revolting by The Congress of Wonders
This extremely rare album, Revolting, put out in San Francisco in the late 1960s, is still one of the best drug comedy productions of all time. Especially funny is the skit entitled “Pigeon Park,” in which two old bums run into each other some time in the future, only to discover that they're Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead.
Songs and Stories by Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein, the famed songwriter and cartoonist, speaks more than sings many of the cuts on Songs and Stories, at least two of which deal with drugs. “The Smoke-Off,” in particular, is a hilarious, nearly 12-minute story of a pot-smoking and joint-rolling championship competition held in Yankee Stadium.
Cheech & Chong by Cheech & Chong
Cheech & Chong, the first album by the deranged duo includes the famous “It's Dave, let me in!” routine, “Welcome to Mexico” and “Emergency Ward.” This 1971 self-titled album also includes “Dave,” one of their most famous routines. The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 list on in March of 1972.