Friday April 20, 2010: I spell my name “DANGER!”

Congratulations and, as promised, extra points to Linda, Cathy and Tom for knowing that the phrase …like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist comes from Firesign Theatre‘s The Further Adventures of Nick Danger. It’s on the album How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All.  No surprise at all that Tom got that one.  We discovered Firesign at the same time… back in the old Winter Park High School days.

If you’re an old Firesign fan, like me (and Tom…), you probably have phrases like hot kiss popping up in your head even now.  Now and then we fans find each other by those phrases.  Several years ago, at work, my erstwhile supervisor was relating a story during which he said, “…then it hit me.”  And, of course, I filled in the rest: “…like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist.”  And, like a secret handshake, we realized we were part of the old Firesign brotherhood.  Even after all these years, many of us can recite  a disturbing amount of Firesign dialogue.  One of my proudest Firesign moments was back in the early 70s when I drove Don Mclean (American Pie) around Daytona Beach prior to a concert.  We got talking, and one of us popped in a Firesign phrase.  Suddenly, we were old pals.

If you’re not a Firesign fan, well, they’re a little hard to explain.  Best thing to do would be to click on the link above, which will take you to a Wikipedia page about them.  But if you are, and you’d like just a touch of nostalgia, here’s the dialogue containing the hot kiss phrase: nick danger (just click on the link and it’ll play in your audio player.)

To the untrained ear, it all sounds mighty strange.  But even after all these years, their twist of phrase, and fast-paced dialogue still amazes me.

And now, for more Firesign fun, here’s a big chunk of another of their albums, Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers:


Have a great weekend!

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cathy moore on April 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I remember lying on the floor with the huge stereo speakers pulled over, one on each side, to properly appreciate the car chase scene, squealing around turns. Can’t remember the album. Should have saved some more of those brain cells. We also got the giggles over the word condominium. In the wilds of Appalachia in 1970 or ’71, we thought it had something to do with condoms.

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  2. Posted by cathy moore on April 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Bummer – the Nick Danger link is broken!

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  3. Posted by Pete on April 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    If you thought condominium was dirty, what about uvula!
    (“Monster House” had a great line with that!)

    Sorry Steve for hijacking your thread…but we’re all Bozos on this bus.

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  4. Posted by Emily on May 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I listened to Firesign Theatre once and discovered where many of the strange things my father says come from.

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  5. Are you talking about Tom Nowicki?

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