Bad comedians are dumb. Average comedians are smart. The best comedians play the dork while being one step ahead of everyone else. On their breakout record, TMBG performed under a goofy decorative layer and expounded a love for the theatrical. ‘Lincoln’ features some of the most arrestingly artful songwriting of the 80s (particularly the scarecrow stanza in ‘Where Your Eyes Don’t Go’). The vocals are relentlessly nerdy, which makes lyrics such as “people should get beat up for stating their beliefs” and “I was a snowball in hell” unforgettably…funny? Truthfully, this album is adored before being understood. It is fun audiofied.
A favourite: ‘They’ll Need a Crane’