George Carlin’s new album I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die is set for a Sept. 16 release on CD, vinyl and digital formats. But a previously unreleased track that will be featured on the album was just made available. On the track “Rats and Squealers,” Carlin aggressively rails against police officers who, Carlin claims, “perjure themselves routinely” and who “plant fake evidence” and would “put a loaded gun in the hands of an unarmed man they just shot to death.”
Although it was recorded 15 years ago and although Carlin employs his trademark hyperbole throughout the bit, one can’t help but be reminded of the current tension between certain city’s police forces and the communities they’re charged to protect.
I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die was recorded during the two days that preceded the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Working on his material for his next HBO special, the title was later changed to Complaints and Grievances and any potentially insensitive jokes in light of the terrorist attacks were omitted. The plan was to release the material later in his career. Sadly, Carlin died at the age of 71 in 2008 before that could happen. This is the second track released from I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die. You can listen to the first one here.