Politically Incorrect

Politically Incorrect


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The idea behind Bear Family's 2015 compilation Politically Incorrect is simple: round up 31 songs from the '40s and '50s that caused nary a ripple upon their release, but seem tasteless now. As a concept, Politically Incorrect is appealing. As a listening experience, the album is a bit rocky. It bounces between country, R&B, pop, and rock & roll standards that may seem offensive on paper (Big Joe Turner's "Honey Hush," Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp," Hank Thompson's "Squaws Along the Yukon," the Andrew Sisters' "Rum and Coca Cola," Bill Haley's "Shake, Rattle & Roll") but are saved by their music. There are also songs that are theoretically offensive but seem innocuous, such as Arthur Godfrey's "Too Fat Polka." Thankfully, there are some staggering lapses of taste: Godfrey's "Slap 'Er Down, Agin, Paw" is pushed over the top with its smacking sound effects, the Kingston Trio's Mexican accents on "Coplas" induce the cringing that Pat Boone's novelty "Speedy Gonzales" always threatens to bring (if the compilers extended their purview into the '80s, Genesis' "Illegal Alien" would be right at home alongside this). Still, nothing beats -- or nothing is worse -- than Buddy Hackett's "Chinese Rock and Egg Roll," where the comedian rattles off stereotypes with the relentless force of a machine gun. It's hard to believe there ever was a world where this was acceptable.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102174094
catalogNumber: 5033861
Rank: 90266

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Floyd Dixon   Composer
LaVern Baker   Composer
Hank Davis   Producer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Tom Glazer   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Arnold Goland   Composer
Dave Guard   Arranger
Buddy Hackett   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Charles Underwood   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Gerry Granahan   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
David Hill   Composer
Claude Trenier   Composer
Cliff Trenier   Composer
Ethel Lee   Composer
Dick Toops   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Earl Burrows   Composer
Bob Center   Composer
Carl Cicchetti   Composer
Donald Claps   Composer
Earley Dranne   Composer
Johnnie Mae Dunson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Illustrations
Eddie Asherman   Composer
Karl Silbersdorf   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
August Msarurgwa   Composer
Mabel Godwin   Composer
Arthur Richardson   Composer
Ross MacLean   Composer
Cam Smith   Composer
Stanley Lewis   Composer
Jeri Sullavan   Composer
David Hill   Composer
Yana Hoffman   Cover Photo
Jenny Lou Carson   Composer
Scott Parker   Producer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Alice Cornett   Composer
Jodi Damour   Composer
Donald Clapps   Composer
Polly Arnold   Composer

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