The classics

I now have the complete collection from of light satirical music of the ’50s and ’60s from the two masters of the form from either side of the pond:

They are both similar and very different at the same time — Lehrer is definitely the more acerbic of the pair, as evidenced by the following pair of quotes concerning satire (themselves satirical):

When Kissinger won the Nobel peace prize, satire died.

The purpose of satire, it has been rightly said, is to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half-truth. And our job, as I see it … is to put it back again!”

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