Is This the Rudest Rock Record Ever?

While catching up on my reading of my Mojo magazines, I ran across a story about “Stickball,” a 1977 record by Tony Bruno that has been cited by some as “the rudest record in rock.”  Never heard of it–but you have my attention.

“Stickball” was apparently completely ad-libbed and produced by Bleecker Bob, the owner of the legendary New York record store using (allegedly) some kind of Carole King composition in the background. The story is that a couple of thousand copies of “Stickball” were sent out to DJs disguised as Partridge Family records, something that caused some, er, confusion.

Give it a listen.  The NSFW-ness starts at about the 1:50 mark.  You might want to keep the volume low.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Is This the Rudest Rock Record Ever?

  • January 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Your facts are incorrect. Gene Sculatti interviewed Tony a while back. Check with him


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