Saturday, April 17, 2010

National Lampoon Radio Dinner (1972)

National Lampoon
Radio Dinner(1972)


Deteriorata, Performed by Norman Rose; back-up vocals by Melissa Manchester; bass: John "Cooker" LoPresti; drums: Jim Payne; keyboard: Milissa Manchester; guitar: Christopher Guest; music composed and arranged by Christopher Guest; lyrics by Tony Hendra

A parody of "Desiderata," the then-popular dorm poster which was turned a minor hit record by Les Crane. This piece also appeared in the magazine (though I can't seem to find it!) and was also sold as a poster.

Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Michael O'Donoghue

Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page

It's Obvious, Performed by Melissa Manchester, Christopher Guest, and Tony Hendra

Catch It and You Keep It, Performed by Jackson Beck, Christpher Guest, Jack Marks, Jill André, Windy Craig, and others; from an idea by Benjie Aerenson

TV game show parody where audience members try to catch valuable prizes (including electric knives, dinette sets, even a house) thrown down from the top of the CBS building

'Quinas 'n' 'Rasmus, Performed by M.R.D. [initials only--no other info available]

All Kidding Aside (PSA), Performed by Christopher Guest

Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest

Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page

Magical Misery Tour (Bootleg Record), Performed by Tony Hendra (as John Lennon), Melissa Manchester (as Yoko Ono); piano: Melissa Manchester; drums: Jim Payne; bass: John "Cooker" LoPresti; composed by Christopher Cerf; arranged by Christopher Guest
John Lennon's own words are turned against him, making him out as an ungrateful prima donna, in this spooky parody


Those Fabulous Sixties, Performed by Christopher Guest (as Bob Dylan)
Parody of a K-Tel-type television ad in which Bob Dylan hawks a collection of protest songs

Profiles in Chrome, Performed by Jackson Beck, Christopher Guest, Jill André, Jack Marks, Norman Rose, Alex Bennett, Michael O'Donoghue, Tony Hendra, and Windy Craig (as Richard Nixon)

When the Democrats nominate a Pontiac GTO for the '72 Presidential election, Nixon counters by transforming himself into a car. The piece ends with America The Beautiful played on car horns.

Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page

Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Tony Hendra

Pigeons, Performed by Michael O'Donoghue

Suport Your Locol Polece (PSA), Performed by "Loren Order" (as Frank Rizzo)

Pull the Tregros, Performed by Diana Reed (as Joan Baez); guitar: Frani Bell; bass: Dean Munson; composed by Tony Hendra; arranged by Christopher Guest

Joan Baez parody in which she encourages blacks to riot in prisons while she cheers them on from a safe distance

Teenyrap, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page

ng Asi , Performed by Christopher Guest

Phono Phunnies, Performed by Christopher Guest and Naomi R. Page

Concert in Bangla Desh, Performed by Tony Hendra and Christopher Guest

George Harrison's Concert for Bangla Desh is given the old switcheroo: an Indian "tragedy team" tells sad jokes before a starving audience in Bangla Desh for the purpose of collecting a bowl of brown rice for George Harrison so he can fast

Clues #1, #2, #3, and #4, Performed by Tony Hendra and Christopher Guest (not listed--scattered throughout the album)

These are short bits not listed anywhere on the album which refer to Paul McCartney and his support for the Irish independence movement. In several of the bits, we hear an Irish tenor in a pub starting to sing "Give Ireland back to the Irish..." cut short by a gun shot.

Album Credits: Sections of Teeny Rap written by Christopher Guest; all other material, including lyrics, written by Michael O'Donoghue and Tony Hendra; sound production by Bob Tischler; inside photograph by Larry Couzens; art direction by Michael Gross; recording engineer: Pat Martin; recording technician: Gus Mossler; sound effects: Bob Tischler; musical director: Christopher Guest; producers: Michael O'Donoghue and Tony Hendra; production assistant: Roberta Kaman; executive producer: Jerry Taylor


marram62 said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I've been looking for this for ages! One thing though; after expanding the rar files, all mp3 files are there, but only every other one loads into itunes. Any chance you could reupload?

Anonymous said...

Whoah. This takes me back. The subject matter is more than a little dated, but it stirs up brain cells I thought I'd jettisoned decades ago. Thanks!

Any chance that you've got a copy of the Lampoon's Missing White House Tapes lying around?

siys said...

Thank you very much for this excellent share! The icing on the cake is the extremely high quality cover art!! Great album!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for that Bob Dymlan parody for years__thanks!

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marylou58 said...

Thanks for this - I've been looking for it for ages. One problem, though' a couple of the files seem to be corrupted; won't even load into itunes. Any chance you can post it again?

Glenn said...


scott said...

Many thanks!

David said...

Thank you! I've been waiting years and years to hear this album again!

Anonymous said...

For whomever was looking for The Missing White House Tapes album you can find it here:

Try as I might I can't get tracks 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to import into ITunes for Radio Dinner.

Anonymous said...

I have identified the problem with this one and it's iTunes. That thing wrote multiple redundant tags in some of the mp3 files, i.e. a correct Title tag and an "unknown" title tag in the same file, etc. Open them with an mp3 tag editor and you should be able to fix them. I'm listening now and other than that easily fixed detail, EXCELLENT STUFF!

Anonymous said...

Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I've been looking for this for ages, like many others. Generous bitrate, big 'ol artwork - this is great. The tags do need cleaning up - big deal. This is wunnerful.

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marram62 said...

i really dig all the cool comments! you guys are the greatest! thank you!

emailsyucky said...

Thanks again for a great looking recording. :)

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Seaton'sLaughing said...

I've been hoping to find this; thanks!

Anonymous said...

Man, with so many looking for this for SO long (me included) it's amazing that some enterprising someone hasn't had the brilliant idea to make it available on a real CD again. Thank you. BTW, does anyone know now where the Missing White House Tapes might be had. The Hotfile link above is dead.


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Chuck Sheketoff said...

I've been looking for digital copy of Radio Dinner for years...would you post a link to full album or particular tracks? I have only found two tracks on youtube and there's others I want to re-hear.