I'd Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me (Than A Frontal Labotomy)

Album: Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection (1992)

Songfacts®:

  • A song with such an alluring title has to be on somebody's favourite list, and in the 1994 publication The Book of Lists: The '90s Edition, by David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, it figures at number 8 in Dr. Demento's 11 Worst Song Titles Of All Time.
    Without wishing to question Dr Demento's judgment, this is great title for a song, and it gets even better because it really is as good as it sounds. Randy Hanzlick M.D. was a real life doctor, and this composition is pure joy.
  • The good doc appears to have borrowed the title from the American wit Dorothy Parker; the original is "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a pre-frontal lobotomy" - without the brackets. The song begins with a young boy asking his father what is a labotomy, and by way of explanation the father explains by relating the story of two brothers, one who went insane, the other who took to the bottle. No prizes for guessing who was the happiest.
  • The song has a C&W feel to it, and an accompaniment of a youthful chorus, and how about these immortal lines?

    "But I'd rather have a bottle in front of me,
    Than have to have a frontal lobotomy.
    I might be drunk, but at least I'm not insane."

    And
    "Funny how the world works.
    People can be real jerks."
    The good doctor proves without a doubt that laughter is truly the best medicine. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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