Well, you've got a point there. They may have been the first to sound similar to what rap would become, but they started years after the Jamaican toasters, and they were not a significant influence on the kids in the Bronx who created hip hop. Later generations of hip hop artists would credit them as influences, but that may have been after the fact.
Bed - Very good short stories. Weird and dreamy in a Miranda July sort of way. If you don't like her, you will really hate this guy. He took what she does to another kind of over-the-top level.
Eeeee Eee Eeee - novel-length weirdness of his shorts. I'm only halfway through but have laughed out loud several times.
you are a little bit happier than i am - poems. Not good unless you like poems about emails and instant messages. I don't. Didn't even finish reading this and it's really thin and I finish everything I start. Just to give you an idea how much I didn't care for it.
I'm really enjoying the Ken Tynan biog. written by his wife Kathleen. I've no interest in theatre but his life story is fascinating, there are plenty of great anecdotes involving John Lennon, Hemmingway, Capote and Tennessee Williams