Road To Hell

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Road To Hell[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, 58 minutes
Preceded by: The More I Know You
Followed by: Nausea

Oh Midnight Special, I ride the rods a hobo, not homeless...

Road To Hell is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1989.


  • Train sounds; a poetic celebration of the hobo.
  • A ski lodge, writing "regret not the momentary impulse" on a cast.
  • Founding fathers, the Articles of Confabulation and the bill of human bondage.
  • General Deities Incorporated. Christmas in New York.
  • Throwing a New Year's Eve party - a guest suffocated beneath coats.
  • Revolutionary political group promulgates messages and performs actions.
  • Conventional life disrupted by sabotage - fire extinguishers filled with napalm; shaving cream replaced with hair growth substance; emetics, diuretics, and laxatives added to office coffee
  • List of everyday items: lite beer, lite cheese, lite meat, lite baked goods...
  • List of security services: a bank of television monitors enabling you to observe who is approaching along the driveway...
  • List of upper class amenities: the Alpine ski lodge in wintertime Palm Desert Club timeshares...
  • List of beverages: ... noca-cola, joka-cola, bloka-cola, smoka-cola, croka-cola, loca-cola, broka-cola.
  • Joe hums and raps "it's the sweet life I'm leading" to music.
  • The triumph of the suburban mall.


    This is an incomplete record of the music in this program. If you can add more information, please do.

    Shared material

    Additional credits

    The original broadcast credits state: "Performed by Joe Frank, and created in collaboration with David Rapkin. Recorded and mixed by Jeff Sykes."