Peter and Raymond - Shut Up, Little Man! (1997)

I must say, this takes a pretty twisted sense of humor to appreciate. But if that describes you, prepare yourself for, as the official website says: “36 tracks and 72 minutes of the most caustic dialogue and vitriolic abuse that you have ever had the pleasure of hearing.”
Sample: “Shut up little man! I got a decent dinner ready...nothing happened with the dinner...BECAUSE YOU CRUCIFIED IT!”


Shut Up, Little Man! is the title of a number of audio recordings of two argumentative and violent alcoholics, Peter J. Haskett and Raymond Huffman. San Francisco's Bananafish magazine arranged for a commercial release of the tapes in 1992.
The recordings were made by “Eddie Lee Sausage” and “Mitchell D.”, who lived in a bright pink apartment building — dubbed the “Pepto Bismol Palace” — in San Francisco's Lower Haight district. Eddie Lee and Mitchell moved into the apartment in 1987, and discovered that their neighbors, Haskett and Huffman, argued nearly constantly, with Peter often shouting “shut up, little man!” at Ray. Eddie and Mitchell began tape recording the arguments, and distributing copies among their friends. Eddie Lee and Mitchell sometimes goaded Ray and Peter with prank telephone calls.
In 1992, Huffman died of a heart attack brought-on by colon cancer, pancreatitis, and alcoholism. Haskett died in 1996 of liver problems due to alcoholism.
The first Shut Up, Little Man! compact disc was released in early 1993. A number of other volumes were issued later. The recordings quickly gained a cult following, and were adapted into comic books, zines, a theatrical production and the 2002 independent film Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth, starring Gill Gayle and Glenn Shadix as Ray and Peter, respectively.

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely the greatest field recording of the millenium. Thanx!