In a world where there is no word sufficient to describe the greed and avarice of the heads of our corporations and no dousing of water is large enough to halt the lustful frolics of government and business, only the truly insane can even begin to sound reasonable. Enter Lewis Black. Armed with his trademark acerbic wit, Black holds nothing back, his ranting quickly finding a rhythm on “Rules of Enragement” and letting up only after American society's collective paunch has been adequately poked and the vinyl's come to rest. Good thing there's a B-side, though, because if there's one thing Lewis Black will teach you, it's that America's paunch has never been adequately poked. It cannot be adequately poked it's simply too bloated. Exorcising the demons so you don't have to, 2003's “Rules of Enragement” finds Black sharpening his topical talons on everything from Adelphia to Iraq, the small pox vaccine to the only umbrella stand that could possibly be worth six grand (hint: it makes creative use of Martha Stewart's mythical nether regions). The overwhelming takeaway, though, is that nothing Lewis Black could possibly dream up could be more frightening, ridiculous, or laughably f*cked up as the state of the world, just as it is. Fittingly, “Rules of Enragement,” a fine piece of blue humor recorded live in the tundra, is now out in a special limited edition blue vinyl reissue from Minneapolis's own Stand Up! Records.
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