If you were to calculate the amount of this comic taken
up by text, and the amount that was pictures, I suspect
it would be close to 50/50. That is not a good ratio.
Anyway, I'm going to break from tradition today and talk
specifically about the title of the comic. Often the
titles are bad puns or (where I couldn't think of
anything better) plainly descriptive. But there's
another category: strange references that will likely
make sense to very few people. And this is one of then.
Songs of Couch and Consultation is the name of
perhaps one of the oddest albums ever produced. Made in
1957, it's an album of wacky novelty songs about... er...
psychiatric problems. Titles include The Will to
Fail (which is actually rather good, and I would
probably have as my theme song if I was... I dunno, a
wrestler or something. I can't think of many professions
where one has a personal theme song), Repressed
Hostility Blues, Schizophrenic Moon, and I
Can't Get Adjusted to the You Who Got Adjusted to Me,
which could almost be the title of a Vandals
track. The whole thing is in somewhat questionable
taste, but it's so relentlessly cheery that it's hard to
dislike. I did once hear that the album had been put
together by a psychiatrist based on the case notes of
various clients... Sadly I haven't been able to verify
if this was really the case, but if true then it would
add a whole new level of inappropriateness to the
proceedings. "You know all that confidential stuff you
told me? Well, I used it to make this novelty record."