Vinyl Dynamite #58: Vinyl DYN-O-MITE!

I'll admit it.  As a kid in the 70s, the heavy-handed statements about racism and social inequalities regularly played out on Good Times went right over my head. For me, it was all about J.J.  I was a sucker for a good catch phrase, and J.J. offered a welcome relief from the often oppressively preachy "sitcom".

Like another king of the catch phrase - The Fonz - J.J. went from being a fairly minor character, to becoming the center of the show.  Recording an album was the natural thing to do for Jimmy Walker.  Unfortunately, it absolutely sucks.

Nearly every single joke is the same old black people vs. white people routine.  "Blacks say this" and "Caucasians say this", "Blacks be like..." and "Caucasians be like...".  (groan)

Well, don't take my word for it.  Have a listen to Side One.

Perhaps the best thing about the album is the amazing advertisements for J.J. merch that come insside the record...


  1. I actually watched that show and thought he was funny when I was in, what, 4th grade? Proof that we're all stupid when we're kids.

  2. So much JJ merch that would be seized by the TSA or get a schoolkid expelled today.

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  4. After forcing myself to suffer through that, I'm now very embarrassed for black people. Plus, "suburbials"?