280. “Put Your Hands on the Radio”

Q: Many years ago there was a very short radio bit spoofing some sort of radio
preacher. I vaguely remember the voice saying something like this; “Put your hands on the radio!” An electrical buzz/shocking sound followed with the voice asking if the listener could feel the “power” of his words. Very funny bit. Cant for the life of me recall if it was NL or another

A: Doesn’t ring a bell with me as being on the Radio Hour, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Reader Dave says you might be thinking of the Firesign Theater album “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers”, but maybe not. If you, dear reader, know the answer, please post it in a comment.

8 comments on “280. “Put Your Hands on the Radio”

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    Pretty sure that this is not from the NLRH – maybe Firesign Theater?

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    When it comes to the Radio Hour, if anyone would know, you would, Dave. Thanks for chiming in.
    I agree, it does sound more like Firesign. Except for a couple of albums, I’m not that familiar with their work, though, so I can’t confirm.

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    Yes, the preacher/radio listener interaction angle sounds a little bit like the first 10 minutes or so of Firesign Theatre’s “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers.” In any case, the album’s still well worth a listen:

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    I do like some of their stuff, but I couldn’t get through this clip. The sound was awful, bouncing back and forth between my left and right speakers every couple seconds. Really annoying. Was it really that way on the record? Anyway, if anyone could confirm this, that’d be great.

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    Sorry about that, Mark. The guy who uploaded that couldn’t keep his hand off the “balance” knob. It’s not supposed to sound like that. However, there really are 2 minutes and 20 seconds of sound effects at the start of the track. (This works better if you’re stoned.) The following URL cuts to the beginning of dialogue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGTY_jTZ-Zo&feature=player_embedded#t=136

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    Much better, and pretty funny, too. I didn’t notice any “Put your hands on the radio” lines in there. But thanks anyway.

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    The “Put Your Hands on the Radio” bit is part of “The Gospel,” a 7:42 cut on the 1973 Reprise LP “Sold for Prevention of Disease Only” by Wilderness Road. WR was a comedy-rock-blues foursome out of Chicago led by Warren Leming and Nate Herman. “The Gospel” was made up of four Christian radio spoofs done back to back. The sermon (by the Rev. E.J. Corvette, I think) appeared somewhere in the middle, between the songs “What Key Does the Good Lord Sing In? and “Heavily Into Jesus.” “Sold for…” is now available on CD from Discogs.

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