Another great record rescued from the RSD black hole! Black Vinyl!
"The idea for â€˜Rock, Rot & Ruleâ€™ came during a phone conversation Tom and I had regarding peopleâ€™s subjective use of superlatives. We wondered, â€œWhy do some things â€˜ruleâ€™ and some things â€™suckâ€™? What does it mean when something or someone â€˜rocksâ€™? Our discussion eventually led to the concept of Tom doing a short interview on hisWFMU radio show with me assuming the guise of Ronald Thomas Clontle, the know-it-all author of a completely misguided rock reference book called â€™Rock, Rot & Ruleâ€™ (we werenâ€™t sure we could say â€˜suckâ€™ on the air).
What we didnâ€™t anticipate was that many of the people listening in that night in November of 1997 would assume Tom was speaking to a real author about a real book purported to be â€˜the ultimate argument settlerâ€™ on the true worth of hundreds of musicians and bands. When we began taking calls from irate listeners things took a very unexpected and entertaining turn and our loosely-scripted little prank turned into the near hour-long epic you hold in your hands.
Looking back, I really donâ€™t think Tom nor I had any idea that what we were doing that night was the beginning of a twenty-year (and counting) partnership, but Iâ€™m sure glad it turned out to be the case. Hereâ€™s to twenty more.â€ â€“ Jon Wurster
While they are now known, revered and loved for having entertained thousands upon thousands of loyal listeners to The Best Show onÂ WFMUÂ from 2000 to 2013, at the time of this first Jon Wurster on-air call to Tom Scharplingâ€™s (pre-Best Show)Â WFMUÂ radio show in 1997 the recognizable Wurster timbre was unknown to listeners. This allowed for the routine, hilarious in itself, to be made even more enjoyable when upset listeners call in, taking Wursterâ€™s character at face value as he is interviewed by Scharpling, the greatest straight man in the business."
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 July, 2014.