Picks and Pans Review: Leader of the Banned

updated 05/21/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/21/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sam Kinison

We should never have encouraged this guy. Kinison got so much attention for his novelty remake of the Troggs's "Wild Thing" that now he thinks he's a comic and a musician.

The first half of this album presents Kinison as stand-up in a Las Vegas comedy club, spouting off about detox centers, homosexuals, amyl nitrate, Dr. Ruth and breast reduction. Let's just say his deeper-shade-of-blue humor doesn't live up to the ham-headed irony of his billing—"Mr. Family Entertainment."

The album's second half isn't obscene, but it's almost as distasteful, with four rancid servings of road-kill rock, covers of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Cheap Trick's "Gonna Raise Hell," the Rolling Stones's "Under My Thumb" and a revised version of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen," which features Leslie West and Poison's C.C. DeVille on guitar. When it comes to musical pretenders, Kinison is preferable to Eddie Murphy, but not by much. (Warner)

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