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A Nail in the Head

by Dave McBride

Called "Chicago's wittiest radio essayist" by the Chicago Sun-Times, these 32 most-requested classics from the treasury of Dave's Raves provide cerebal excursions down meandering tributaries of his stream of consciousness.
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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1. The National Science Foundation and the Funny Bone
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2. The Drum Major
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3. A Nail in the Head
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4. Day of the Corner Cupboard
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5. When Poets Golf
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6. My Dinner with Eric Clapton
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7. Deserters from the Alphabet
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8. Profanity Deficit Disorder
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9. Less than Great Expectations
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10. The Physics of Frozen Dinner Rolls
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11. If I Ran NPR
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12. From Out of the Mouths of Coots
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13. Fish Die
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14. Santa's Little Helper
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15. How to Speak to a Teenager
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16. A Steamboat Willie World
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17. Homosexual Like Me
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18. The Festival of Gotmar
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19. Tori Spelling's Behind
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20. Cloning Elvis
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21. Croquet
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22. Ode to Sammy Sosa - 1998
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23. Those Chatty Neanderthals
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24. Those Chatty Neanderthals, Part Two
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25. The 12 Letter Skaters
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26. Bad Children's Books
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27. The Sex Life of the Rattlebox Moth
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28. Properous on the Bosporus
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29. Out of My Periodic Element
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30. A Brief History of the Limerick
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31. News of Pi ala Modem
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32. My Dinner with Charlie Trotter
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Album Notes
Called "Chicago's wittiest radio essayist," by the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave McBride's four minute cerebral excursions down meandering tributaries of his comic stream of consciousness entertained thousands daily for more than a decade.

Here, he contemplates assuming control of the local NPR station, ("Chicago's premier recourse for Madagascan separatist issues, and for the recounting of why percussion is key to Basque folk dances and how they differ subtly from mazurkas"); helps a teenager from Texas realize his dream to become a drum major; and explains his ambition to become a full-blown coot.

With the hip of a Dennis Miller and the wit of a Richard Armour, he enlists his audience to put on its thinking cap.

PRESS QUOTES:

"A tightly scripted string of pop-culture observations and parenthetical asides ... a densely packed combination of obscure historical references and goofball tabloid stories; sentenses so long and convoluted a whole flock of nuns could spend an hour diagramming just one." - Chicago Tribune

"Dave McBride has compiled a collection of his 32 most frequently requested essays known as "Dave's Raves." McBride's stream-of-consciousness gems include the title track "A Nail in the Head," a masterpiece of his droll humor." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Voted best three minutes on Chicago radio ... a verbose symphony of rambling non-sequiturs, odd lexicography, random quotes and freakishly obtuse vocabulary, plus some bizarro science and history facts thrown in for good measure." - Newcity

"Veteran newsman Dave McBride is perhaps the funniest man in the world." - Daily Herald

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Rick

He's too brilliant not to be more famous
Amazing that he used to write one of these every day! Most of the raves are great, a few are downright brilliant. The "Ode to Sammy Sosa" alone is worth the price of the CD.

I send this (about 5 times now) to friends when I want to surprise them with something original and fun.
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Claire Solt

Thanks
I enjpoyed listening to your show this morning. Interesting and unusual. I am a historian and I loved hearing all that old stuff. My ears picked up when you played Cantor on the stock market and I enjoyed the whole thing. thanks.
Claire Solt
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~~~~~ Panzek

I laugh every time I here it!
Out of the periodic table of elements, and The physics of frozen dinner roles are two of my favorites (although its hard to pick favorites). I guess I would call it intellectual modern day comedy poetry (darn funny would work as well).
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Robert Heiss

Dave is a very funny guy especially when making jokes out of tradgedy
I would like to see somebody put a "spike" in you fucking head you twenty-four carat solid gold prick.

Let me know if you get hit by a truck so I can get a good laugh!
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Chris

Great Fun
Bought one of these for myself & another for a friend who used to live in Chicago. It bought back memories of listening to Dave's rants on the radio and he's just as funny delivering them on the CD. The title story is priceless.
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Johnny

Nothing short of brilliant.
There are zero duds on this CD. Every track is hysterical. Dave makes you think, but doesn't seem interested in alienating any listener. It makes a wonderful gift (I bought one for my Dad). He was the best thing about the Steve Dahl in Chicago show for years.
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