Here on Sane Man, an hour-long, early-career performance recorded in 1989 in Austin, TX, the force of his personality and humor overcome some nagging technical problems. In what amounts to a glorified home video, the picture is grainy and the audio is indistinct; the latter is the bigger problem, as it lessens the impact of Hicks’s delivery. But his sheer presence–not just what he says, but his restless physicality and wild vocalisms–eventually trump those distractions. Fans will recognize many of these bits, as Hicks’s riffs on smoking, drinking (he was newly sober at the time), and drugs (“not only do I think pot should be legal, it should be mandatory”) were staples of his repertoire throughout his career. So were his takes on pop music, but although they’re somewhat dated now (cf. potshots at Kenny Rogers and George Michael), they provide the funniest and most extreme moments here, including a hilariously raunchy fantasy involving Debbie Gibson and Tiffany that proves yet again that Hicks had no peer when it came to pure, unalloyed bile.