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The Touch-Tone Terrorists is a series of prank phone calls comedy CDs.

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The Touch-Tone Terrorists are actually one man, Pete Zoghi[1] who also goes by the name of "RePete". He purchased a series of 1-800 numbers, including ones that were one digit different than actual customer service numbers for companies such as (apparently) UPS, Jiffy Lube, an auto insurance "claims support line", a psychic hotline, a pen manufacturer, and others.[2] Using a Gentner SPH-3A telephone hybrid and a Yamaha SPX-90 electronic pitch transposer to alter his voice over the phone, he would take incoming calls from people who had misdialed the number and were under the assumption that they had dialed the right number. He created a series of characters, all of which were voiced by him. [2]

At one point UPS tried to stop the sale of the Touch-Tone Terrorists CDs through a series of letters demanding, among other things, that all inventory of Infestation Records' CDs be "delivered" to UPS lawyers "for destruction", because UPS believed that many of the TTT calls involved customers who thought they were speaking to UPS customer service representatives.[2] Infestation Records refused to comply on the basis that the CDs are a protected parody.[2] For legal reasons, all subjects give their permission to have their voices on the CDs; the subjects were "paid well." [2].

RePete was also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show, usually crank calling Howard Stern staff and Wack Pack members, such as Crazy Alice, and High Pitch Eric. [3] Two phone calls were also featured in the first season of Crank Yankers. A movie which is based loosely around his characters (called "Lost In Transit") has already been released.[4][5]

The webmasters of Prank Call Central have dedicated their site to RePete, and call RePete the "[g]reatest prank caller of all time" [6]. Xtreme Prank Radio, the web's prank call radio station appears to hold a similar view: Xtreme Prank Radio's logo is a photograph of a billboard advertising the Touchtone Terrorists. [7] TTT also fare well on the amazon.com rating system, with the tapes receiving between 4 to 5 stars each out of a total of 5 stars. [8]

Characters

  • Junkyard Willie: A gravelly-voiced African-American man with a bad attitude. He is known for launching off into litanies of curse words and Ebonics, then filibustering during the arguments that ensue. Frequently threatens to "pee in yo gas tank". Also often uses variations of phrases that include "jive turkey", "talkin' trash", and "old bag". Willie is from Compton, California, and used to be an operator of a junkyard where he would shine hubcaps.
  • Blade Jones: A homeless drunk, he readily admits to customers that he regularly uses drugs and alcohol at work. He often vomits while customers are on the phone ("Sorry, I just had a little too much to drink"), and calls prospective employers looking for a job.
  • Stu Jaimison: The arrogant, corporate big shot. He is unsympathetic to disgruntled customers, frequently telling callers that they are "a drop in the bucket" to his company.
  • Joe: The nice guy. Irate customers will often complain to him because he has sympathetic ear, after which he'll "transfer" the call to Jim Bob or Junkyard Willie, sometimes cyclically until the caller becomes sufficiently exasperated and hangs up. Joe usually consoles the customers, often telling them "You deserve better service than this", before transferring them again.
  • Vladimir: A rude Russian who gets under people's skin ("You sound like stupid American").
  • Old Man Louie Pellagrini: A senile 90-something-year-old ("I love booze and broads"). Known for attempting to get booze delivered to his hospital room, or calling in search of his lost colostomy bag.

The CDs and DVD

  • Appetite For Disruption: This is the first CD in the series. Released in 1998, it features 18 outbound prank calls.
  • A Permanent Lapse of Reason: This is the second CD in the series. Released in 1999, it is the first CD in the series to feature inbound prank calls. This CD has a total of 21 calls, 5 of which were inbound.
  • Customer Service Disasters: This is the third CD in the series originally released in 2000 and contains 16 calls. This CD was re-released in 2005 with 2 new calls and new cover art. By popular demand 17 of the 18 calls feature inbound (wrong number) calls for various businesses.
  • Customer Service Crackpots: This is the fourth CD in the series, released in 2002. This is the first CD in the series that does not go by the name Touch-Tone Terrorists. It appeared under the name The Junkyard Willie Prank Call Tapes 4 due to its release shortly after September 11, 2001 attacks. This CD features 22 prank calls.
  • The Junkyard Willie Movie: Lost In Transit: A straight-to-DVD movie based loosely on the Touch-Tone Terrorists characters. The film, released in 2008, includes one new prank call.
  • Customer Care Creeps: This is the 5th (mini) CD in the series, was released in 2009 and contains 7 calls. [9]

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Touch-Tone Terrorists is the name of a group of fictional characters used in a series of prank phone calls which are recorded and compiled on a series of comedy CDs, including Permanent Lapse of Reason and Customer Service Disasters.

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  • Listen, listen. If we want your opinion we'll beat it out of ya.
    • Stu Jaimison, "Corrupt Phone Company", unidentified album
  • Mam, whatever the problem is here, your gripe, it's come about as a result of your own stupidity.
    • Stu Jaimison, "Corrupt Phone Company", unidentified album
  • Hey, shut the fuck up, dammit. I'm talkin' to ya, boy.
    • Junkyard Willie, "Remove Credit Card Charges", unidentified album
  • Ho the Do for the Bro with the fro at the liquor Store!
    • Clarence Washington "Ho The Do", unidentified album

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