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Bill Cosby on drugs
12.05.2014
08:44 am

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For a generation now, Cosby has played an uneasy role in the African-American community as the most unforgiving variety of scold, getting on Eddie Murphy for his foul language as well as countless other examples of same—the standup routine of Hannibal Buress that started the whole “Bill Cosby is a rapist” news story explicitly referenced this side of Cosby’s persona. (As it happens, I’ve seen Buress perform many times in person and I dig his style of standup. I also admire his bravery in bringing the, er, highly litigatable subject up.) Cosby’s forays into music, including the remarkable 1968 album Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! (which we covered here), show a restlessness and ambition and willingness to try anything that is fairly admirable while also, perhaps, conforming more to the picture of Cosby that has emerged in the last few weeks, that of someone who takes what he wants—this might be a stretch, but the point is that Cosby didn’t necessarily listen to those around him who might have dissented with his plans. Of course, 400 million dollars later, he might have had a point. Then there’s this interesting report from seasoned sitcom writer and showrunner Ken Levine (M*A*S*H, Frasier, etc.), which asserts that working on The Cosby Show was a terrible gig because Cosby treated his writers like shit. (To be fair, a writer who worked on the show in the show’s final year opines in comments that it wasn’t all that bad—at least in Season 8.)

Chalk up to Cosby’s history of questionable decisions the putative subject of this post, his exceedingly strange 1971 album Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs, which—indeed—consists mostly of Bill Cosby talking to kids about drugs and singing some half-baked (sorry) songs. I own this album on LP, and it is a really weird album. Believe it or not, after winning a ridiculous six consecutive Grammies for “Best Comedy Performance,” this album won a Grammy as well, but for “Best Album for Children.”

Here’s the introductory track, which eventually resolves into an aural representation of how downers and uppers feel (hint: the speed is adjusted):
 

Introduction/Downers and Uppers by Bill Cosby on Grooveshark

 
More Cosby on drugs after the jump…

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Purple JELL-O®: Bill Cosby covers Jimi Hendrix
10.12.2013
04:47 pm

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Bill Cosby


 
1968 was a very good year for Bill Cosby. He won his third consecutive Emmy for Best Actor in a TV Drama for his work in I Spy—a feat equaled only by Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad—and he was in the middle of his run of six consecutive Grammies for Best Comedy Recording, a feat you’d have to imagine will never be equaled. He also found time to release his second music album, Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!

The album is a shambolic and funkadelic and frankly amateurish treat. Backed by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, the Cos takes on the Beatles (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) and the Stones (“Satisfaction”). Interestingly, the title track, “Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!,” is actually a strange parody of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”—even though Hendrix is not credited as a composer on the track.
 

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It rubs the puddin’ on its skin: Buffalo Bill Cosby
06.24.2013
11:15 am

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Amusing
Art

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Justin Hager


 
We’ve featured Justin Hager‘s work here on Dangerous Minds before, but not THIS piece titled “Buffalo Bill Cosby.”

I’m rendered speechless by this one.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Danzig with Wolves: Illustrated funnies with famous bands and musicians

Via reddit

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Should Bill Cosby be worried about this???
03.21.2013
08:39 am

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SATAN
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This is one of those inexplicable images that makes it onto reddit where I just pause and ask myself “WAT?” Besides the obvious photo of Bill Cosby in the middle of a pentagram, what’s up with the light bulbs (why go through all that trouble, just use candles!) and the misspelled “Pokeyman”?

I’m so confused.

Redditor TXT_ME points out:

The Chant of Praise:
Zip Zop Zoobity Bop
Zip Zop Zoobity Bop
Zip Zop Zoobity Bop
Zip Zip Bop

Below, “The Billy Cosby Pokémon Rap”:

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Bill Cosby hoodie

Puddin’ Pops: Bill Cosby covers ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

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Puddin’ Pops: Bill Cosby covers ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
02.14.2012
10:45 am

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Amusing
Music

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The Beatles
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This is so unbelievably bad, it’s…bad. From the 1968 album Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! Zip zop zoobity bop!
 

 
Via Cynical-C

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Bill Cosby hoodie


 
Unfortunately, I just discovered that this excellent Bill Cosby hoodie is no longer available from the online made to order website HeadHoods. Maybe if you write them, they’ll make you one? 

Oh, and if you’re a Grace Jones fan, they have a hoodie of her, too!

Below, a GIF that serves no real purpose:
 

 
(via reddit)

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