In the Next World, You're on Your Own

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In the Next World, You're on Your Own

cover art by William Stout
Studio album by The Firesign Theatre
Released1975
GenreComedy
Length44:00
LabelColumbia
ProducerPhil Austin and David Ossman
The Firesign Theatre chronology
Everything You Know Is Wrong
(1974)
In the Next World, You're on Your Own
(1975)
Forward Into The Past
(1976)
 
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In the Next World, You're on Your Own

cover art by William Stout
Studio album by The Firesign Theatre
Released1975
GenreComedy
Length44:00
LabelColumbia
ProducerPhil Austin and David Ossman
The Firesign Theatre chronology
Everything You Know Is Wrong
(1974)
In the Next World, You're on Your Own
(1975)
Forward Into The Past
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The New Rolling Stone Record Guide4/5 stars[1]
The Goldmine Comedy Record Price Guide2/4 stars[2]

In the Next World, You're on Your Own was the last comedy album recorded by The Firesign Theatre for Columbia Records. It was released in 1975.

Contents

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Police Street" – 21:30

Side two

  1. "We've Lost Our Big Kabloona" – 22:30 [3]

Detailed track information and commentary

The first side of the album, "Police Street", features a group of sketches interconnected by the kind of police show satire reminiscent of Phil Austin's detective fiction (Austin being best known as the detective character Nick Danger). The highlight sketch is "Give It Back," a mock game show in which losing contestants have to surrender their parents' material possessions to the Native Americans. In surreal fashion, the police satire also plays out a family drama. In this drama the main characters are: the hard-boiled Lieutenant Detective Random Coolzip; his wife, Peggy, who is also his dispatcher; their son, Skip Coolzip, a junior policeman; and their daughter, Kim, a pornographic film actress.

Several side sketches are interwoven with the police drama. In the first, a commercial for Dead Cat Soap segues into a soap opera spoof, starring Peggy. We learn that Random is rarely home, Peggy is having an affair, and Skip's ("Skipper" to his mother) sexual orientation is a scandal. In the second, Kim Coolzip presents a seductive commercial for liquid meat, which segues into her appearance on a charity fund-raising telethon. The third is the game show, in which Skip Coolzip "gives back" to Native Americans his family's car, then his father's squad car ("the black screamer"), and finally, "everything." He is also assigned, with his sister, to take over the Academy Awards celebration "with these stirring words: 'Eat flaming death, fascist media pigs.'"

The second side of the album, "We've Lost Our Big Kabloona", culminates in the hostage situation, on stage during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. While accepting an award for a police/family drama called "Squat!," which stars their parents and seems identical to the show on the first side of the album, Skip and Kim Coolzip reveal a gun. They demand that the President of the United States appear in Hollywood "with a plane full of cash and all those broken treaties," or they will shoot the nominees one by one in alphabetical order. This sketch was inspired by Sacheen Littlefeather's appearance at the 1973 Academy Awards.

In the liner notes, thanks are given to authors Jorge Luis Borges and Raymond Chandler.

This album was the only commercial album during the group's Columbia Records period that was released under the group name but not crediting all four members as writers. The script is formally credited only to Phil Austin and David Ossman, although the other two members, Peter Bergman and Philip Proctor, honed their parts further during recording. The result did not sell well, and the label declined to renew the group's contract.

This album was recorded in the same Warner Brothers studio in Burbank, California, where John Lennon and Harry Nilsson recorded Pussy Cats. The same engineer worked on both albums.

Issues and reissues

This album was originally released simultaneously on LP and 8 Track.

It has been re-released on CD at least once

Memorable quotes

"Eat flaming death, fascist media pigs!"
"There's a whole dead cat in every bar of Dead Cat Soap."
"You owe...a lot of people...a lot of money....for--for a lot of airports."
(Screaming at her cocktail party guests): "Oh stop it, stop it all of you! I know what you all must be thinking! That Random is never coming home. That Skipper is better off the way he is....and Kim has gone to HELL!"
Skip Coolzip (over police radio): "Dad! Klong's loaded on dope, and he's killing people!"
Lieutenant Detective Random Coolzip: "Tell it to the Xmas Bunny, kid."
(To wife, who is also his dispatcher): "Peggy! You talk police or I'm busting you back to three-wheelers, baby."

Cover art

The album cover by William Stout references many of Firesign Theatre's previous albums.

Also appearing on the back cover are all four members in cartoon form.

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