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Kinky Friedman

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Who else might have written a nation song concerning the Holocaust (“Trip ‘Em Jewboy”), or around a individual kept inside a cage within a circus (“Crazy Guy from Borneo”)? Outrageous and irreverent but often thought-provoking, Kinky Friedman published and performed satirical nation tunes through the 1970s and it has been hailed the Frank Zappa of nation music. The child of a University or college of Texas teacher who elevated his children within the family members ranch, Rio Duckworth, he was created Richard F. Friedman. He examined psychology at Tx and founded his initial music group while there. Nevertheless, Ruler Arthur & the Carrots — an organization that poked fun at browse music — documented only one one in 1966. After graduation, Friedman offered three years within the Tranquility Corps; he was stationed in Borneo, where he was an agricultural expansion employee. By 1971 he previously founded his second music group, Kinky Friedman & the Tx Jewboys. Commensurate with the group’s satirical music, each member acquired a intentionally politically wrong name: they known as themselves Small Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Crimson, Rainbow Colours, and Snakebite Jacobs. Friedman got his break in 1973 because of Commander Cody, who approached Vanguard Music with respect to the acerbic youthful performer. Which was the entire year he and his group produced their debut recording, Sold American, offering John Hartford and Tompall Glaser. The name monitor, a bitter story of a overlooked nation vocalist dying an alcoholic loss of life, barely managed to get onto the graphs, but Friedman do attract enough focus on be invited towards the Grand Ole Opry. In 1974, he documented an eponymously entitled recording for ABC Information. Produced by LA pop helmsman Steve Barri, the record dissolved whatever 100 % pure nation listenership Friedman may have acquired but happy his growing primary of supporters with satirical parts such as for example his response to anti-Semitism, “They Ain’t Producing Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” Combined with the satires, Friedman provided quieter sketches of American hard good luck such as for example “Rapid Town, South Dakota.” Within the mid-’70s, Friedman and his music group started touring with Bob Dylan & the Moving Thunder Revue. In 1976 he produced his third recording, Lasso from Un Paso, offering Dylan and Eric Clapton. The Tx Jewboys disbanded 3 years later on, and Friedman shifted to NY, where he frequently appeared in the Lone Celebrity Cafe. In 1983, he released Beneath the Twice Ego for Sunrise Information. From then on, Friedman turned mainly toward composing, although he continuing to make periodic nightclub looks. He has created for Rolling Rock and Texas Once a month mags and, most famously, has turned into a writer of exclusive and outrageous secret novels such as for example Greenwich Killing Period, AN INSTANCE of Lone Celebrity, as well as the Mile High Golf club. Similar parts whimsy and metaphysics, the books blur fiction and actuality. They include a Jewish nation singer converted Greenwich Village personal eye called Kinky Friedman, who occasionally profits to his indigenous Texas; other individuals are attracted from Friedman’s group of friends both in NY and Texas. A lot of Friedman’s music from the ’70s and early ’80s had been gathered on two Compact disc compilations, Aged Testaments & New Revelations (1994) and IN ONE Good American to some other (1995). In 1999, famous brands Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, and Lyle Lovett protected Friedman’s music over the tribute record Pearls within the Snow: The Music of Kinky Friedman, another tribute quantity was prepared. In 2003 Friedman made an appearance within a nude, cigar-smoking triplicate over the cover from the Dallas Observer newspaper, within a parody from the Dixie Chicks’ nude Entertainment Regular pose of this calendar year. Vanguard released a 30th wedding anniversary edition of Available American (including several bonus monitors) in 2003. A previously unreleased 1973 live studio room concert known as Mayhem Aforethought made an appearance in June of 2005, accompanied by the compilation They Ain’t Producing Jews Like Jesus Anymore later on that Oct. An Austin Town Restricts appearance from 1975 which was considered unfit to atmosphere finally noticed the light of day time because of New West Information’ 2007 launch of Live from Austin, TX. In 2015, Friedman came back with his first genuine studio recording since 1976’s landmark Lasso From Un Paso. Released by Avenue A Information, The Loneliest Guy I Ever Met includes a number of fresh originals, alongside addresses by Tom Waits, Johnny Money, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson, who also visitor for the recording.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kinky Friedman
Profession Actor, Author, Singer, Politician, Songwriter, Novelist
Education University of Texas at Austin, Stephen F. Austin High School
Nationality American
Parents Minnie Samet Friedman, Dr. S. Thomas Friedman
Music Songs They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore, Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed, Sold American, The Ballad of Charles Whitman, We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You, Asshole From El Paso, Wild Man From Borneo, High on Jesus, Ol' Ben Lucas, Before All Hell Breaks Loose, Men's Room L.A., Silver Eagle Express, Western Union Wire, The Ballad of Ira Hayes, Nashville Casualty and Life, Rapid City, South Dakota, Lady Yesterday, Ride 'em Jewboy, Waitret, Please, Waitret, When the Lord Closes the Door, Highway Cafe, Marilyn and Joe, Flyin' Down the Freeway, I'm the Loneliest Man I Ever Met, Twirl, Somethin’s Wrong With the Beaver, Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, Top Ten Commandments, My Shits Fucked Up, People Who Read People Magazine, The Take-It-Easy Trailer Park, Homo Erectus
Albums Lasso from El Paso, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, Sold American, Under the Double Ego, Classic Snatches From Europe, Live From Down Under (disc 1), Bi-Polar Tour: Live from Woodstock, Live From Austin, TX, Live from Down Under, Kinky Friedman, From One Good American to Another, The Best of Kinky Friedman, Last of the Jewish Cowboys: The Best of Kinky Friedman, They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore
Movies Zombex, Mars, Palo Pinto Gold, A Dog of Flanders, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Being, Record City, American Raspberry, Prime Time, Kinky Friedman: Live from Austin, Texas, Barbecue: A Texas Love Story


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#Fact
1 Ran as an Independent candidate for governor of Texas in 2006, but lost the election to Republican incumbent Rick Perry.
2 Has written twenty-three novels.
3 Served as US Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, 1967-1969, building compost heaps. Graduate of Univ. of Texas
4 Named "Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year (1974) by NOW for his song, "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed."
5 Lead singer/songwriter of "The Texas Jewboys."


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bryan Blue Show 2016 TV Series
Zombex 2013 Staff Sgt. James
Mars 2010/I President of the United States
Palo Pinto Gold 2009 Governor of Texas
Go Kinky 2005 TV Series
Brownwood 2004 Mr. Cotton
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 Sports Anchorman
The Being 1983 Willis
Coming Attractions 1978 Prisoner
American Raspberry 1977 Ole Ben Lucas

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Skating on Thin Ice 1984 TV Movie documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shalom Y'all 2003 Documentary Himself
Kinky Friedman: Proud to Be an Asshole from El Paso 2001 Documentary Himself
The Panel 2000 TV Series Himself
Too High, Too Wide and Too Long: A Texas Style Road Trip 1999 Himself
Charlie Rose 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
XLTV 1998 TV Series Himself
The John Larroquette Show 1995 TV Series Himself
Record City 1978 Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley's 2015 Documentary Himself
Nowhere to Hide 2014 TV Series Himself
Imus in the Morning 2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Phone Interview
Rich Hall's You Can Go to Hell, I'm Going to Texas 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Politician, Comedian, Writer, Performer
The O'Reilly Factor 2005-2011 TV Series Himself - Cowboy Philosopher / Himself / Himself - Humorist / ...
Along Came Kinky... Texas Jewboy for Governor 2009 Documentary Himself
Bodacious Boots 2007 Documentary Himself
Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey 2007 Documentary Himself
Special Session 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
Texas Monthly Talks: Texas Gubernatorial Special 2006 TV Mini-Series Himself - Interviewee
Late Show with David Letterman 2006 TV Series Himself
Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey 2006 TV Movie Himself
CMT Greatest Moments: Willie Nelson 2006 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2006 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Gubernatorial Candidate (segment "Kinky for Governor")
Real Time with Bill Maher 2005 TV Series Himself
Rescue Me 2005 Documentary short Kinky Friedman
Texas Monthly Talks 2003-2005 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Do You Speak American? 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Author
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt 2004 Documentary Himself - Musician and Author
Barbecue: A Texas Love Story 2004 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Gubernatorial Candidate (segment "Kinky for Governor")

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#Quote
1 I don't apologize to people who try to intimidate. I don't apologize to people with an agenda. I never apologize for the truth. And the truth here is that racists come in many different colors. Texas is my country, truth is my religion - and fuck 'em, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.


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