song of the day – “Rachel” | STEVEN WRIGHT | 1985.

Of all the great comedy albums released in the 80s (Robin Williams’ brilliant REALITY…WHAT A CONCEPT was released in 1979), Steven Wright’s 1985 gem, I HAVE A PONY, stands out for me as THE best comedy album of the 80s.

A Cambridge, Mass. native, Steven Wright has had an excellent career in stand-up comedy and has been in many films and TV shows, including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN and an early episode of WKRP IN CINCINNATI, which I will now have to re-watch to see him in it. 

i have a pony

For those who don’t know about Steven Wright or his one-liners and subdued type of comedic delivery, please, please, please check out I HAVE A PONY.  This album is smart (genius is more appropriate), absolutely hysterical and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Comedy Album.  One of the many highlights on this 1985 album is the lone song on the record, “Rachel,” replete with references to The Beatles, poison ivy on the brain, emerald eyes and plaid hair, and Slinkys on escalators.  How can you go wrong with that?…

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