Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Speak Hip - Del Close and John Brent (1959)


How to Speak Hip was a comedy album by Del Close and John Brent, released by Mercury Records in 1959. The album presents itself as a didactic tool to be used by the listener to learn the secret language of the 'hipster'. As a parody of language-learning tools, the album presents a course in 'hip'. Basic concepts such as "cool" and "uncool" are taught, as well as vocabulary building ("dig", "dig it", "dig yourself, baby", "dig the chick", "dig the cat", "What a drag!"). Social notes are presented as for many language courses, and later in the album, the teacher (Brent) is taken on field trips into the secret life of the hipster (Del Close). However, the hipster rebels against participating in the teaching tool, leading to a humorously compromised teaching style.

The album itself was illustrated throughout. The woodcuts used as illustrations on the LP were stolen from Del's Chicago apartment in the 1980s.

Brian Wilson can be heard fondly mentioning this album in the box set The Pet Sounds Sessions during the highlights of the recording sessions of the album Pet Sounds; a full working title for the album's track "Let's Go Away For Awhile" was "Let's Go Away For Awhile (And Then We'll Have World Peace)," the parenthetical being an allusion to the album.

14 comments:

marram62 said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/281254219/How_To_Speak_Hip.rar

Richard said...

Oh I got to have this! My sincere gratitude, sir.

Lord Shockedelic said...

I'm hip. I've been looking for this for AGES. Thanks.

DJ Useo said...

I heard one track on a weird comp I bought & have trying to buy a copy ever since.
Thanks a lot!

marram62 said...

you're welcome......enjoy!

Tonyoneill said...

Wow - this is an amazing site. You have a great collection up here, thank you...

dreemfinder said...

This is wonderful... Many, many thanks!!

Philemon said...

Great share. Just so you know, for me the rapidshare link came up as an error (specifically, it said the link had been "manipulated" and was thus "invalid"). Regardless, the site is terrific.

Matt said...

Yeah, it came back as invalid for me, too. Awesome site - always interesting stuff out here.

Skip said...

Any chance you'd repair the link?

Much thanks

Argantonio said...

SKIP!
This is for you:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/08/how-to-speak-hi.html

Rick said...

@Argantonio
thanks for the update

Kelhard said...

Hi. Any chance of a re-up for this??
That would be greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I just googled it and it came up somewhere. Groovy baby!

Thanks for this GREAT blog. I dig it daddio!