[Jandek] Hello Jandek Fans!
weaseldip at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 18 07:53:57 PST 2005
you know, it's really annoying that the replies to this group go to the
individual and not to the group. I know I get annoyed when I get group
emails as an indivdual and I feel like an ass for doing it to someone else.
Anyway, it's perfectly fair to think Jandek is crap. I'm sure 99% of the
populace feels that way. I also tend to agree that there is a huge
contingencey of folks who simply like it 'cause it's "weird," or trendy in
some elitist rock-snob kinda way ("look at my lathe cut decaer pinga," 7".
However, and admittedly I may be insane for holding this opinion, but I've
always thought the individual person Jandek (if he even exists) was making
honest, sincere work. I have enjoyed his music for a long time... Since I
first heard of it in the early '90s from "What Goes On," "Forced Exposure,"
and "Chemical Imballance," (I reference these only to make clear that I did
not find out about this guy from "Spin," in fact, I think reading things
like "Spin," is harmful to mental development. The magazine is a paid
Hollywood advertisement published by genocidal right-wing fascists) I mean,
I also own records by Daniel Johnston (who I love), and the Legendary
Stardust Cowboy (now THAT is crap)... And a whole lot of stuff on Bulb
records... All of which have questionable artistic and musical value.
I appreciate, even if it is an elaborate put on (which would be proof that
the guy is REALLY insane), or if he's just some off-center rich dude, the
fact that he is doing what he does with apparently NO REGARD for what ANYONE
thinks. In our time of prepackaged consumer "culture," (re: Spin), it is
refreshing to hear something that is utterly commercially useless. It's like
pachinko music. It's also wonderful product. It's like Andy Warhol. It's
like Baseball Cards.
Oh yeah, being a generally lonely solitary type of person, it also sounds
really, really good sometimes when you're drunk off your ass at 3 AM.
>From: Moulty <moulty40 at shaw.ca>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] Hello Jandek Fans!
>Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 13:50:29 -0800
>Hi Guys and gals,
>I just joined the list. I first heard about Jandek in that issue of Spin
>that named him (tongue in cheek) one of the "top ten most influential
>artists" or something, way back in the 80's.
>Years later I found a copy of "Lost Cause" in a thrift store, and years
>after that I found one of his cd's.
>I collect records, I like weird records.....I sold both Jandek's without a
>There is a word for Jandek's "music" : Garbage.
>Whether by accident, or design, it's hilarious that Jandek's annonimity has
>sparked such an "interest" in him. Yeah, I'm curious too..... Does he
>think this is good music, that someone else, somewhere, will "enjoy" it?
>Is he some guy who is steeped in "experimental music", or did he think of
>his appraoch all by himself?
>Who knows? The answer to that will be interesting. But the records? Forget
>it. It's the worst pile of crap ever. Celine Dion is Mozart compared to
>I do not believe anyone "likes" them. I think it's a bad case of "look at
>me, I'm different and special" among a very small group of poseurs.
>That's just my opinion. I think Robert Christgau pretty much said
>everything that needs to be said about Jandek when he simply lumped him in
>the "meltdown" catagory.
>I like "outre" rock music. I was a Velvet Undergrund fan when I was 15. I
>played in bands that used chaos and dissonance and "spontaneous
>composition". But Jandek BLOWS.
>Anyway, just my opinion. I'll probably be kicked off the list. So, there
>is my opinion on "Jandek".
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