[Jandek] RE: jandek Digest, Vol 55, Issue 146

alex langer alanger at hotmail.co.uk
Thu Jul 5 18:46:27 PDT 2007


he recorded between 65/6/7/8/9/70-81 maybe? after ready for the house got 
the good review, i reckon he recorded more stuff with the band. wasnt he 
born in 1945? would of made him 39/40 on that interview. (that was 1985 or 
6).



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>Today's Topics:
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>    1. Speaking of The Units... (Aunt Acid)



>From: Aunt Acid <anxietyparty at yahoo.com>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] Speaking of The Units...
>Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 18:34:56 -0700 (PDT)
>Hello all,
>
>I was just discussing Corwood-theories the other day with a friend and it 
>occurred to us that even though the name Jandek was explained by the man 
>himself in the Trubee interview, no light has ever been shed on what the 
>meaning behind calling the project The Units. After some discussing this, 
>we arrived at what we feel is a very plausible theory. Here goes:
>
>We do know that the Rep was in his thirties when Ready For The House was 
>pressed, given that the birthdate for Sterling Smith is 1943. This is also 
>doubly confirmed when you hear his speaking voice on the phone interview 
>with Trubee...definitely sounds like a man in his thirties to us. With that 
>in mind, many of the early period records (if not all of them) do not sound 
>like a thirty year old (or older) man is singing on them, but instead they 
>sound to us like someone who could be anywhere from a teenager to someone 
>in their early-mid twenties. So, if you consider Smith recording the actual 
>albums back in the sixties instead of the seventies, and then "sitting on 
>them" until 1978 (esp. planning to sit on all of them since he indicated 
>there weren't supposed to be any more than RFTH), then this leaves a decade 
>or so long gap between the recording of these albums and their actual hard 
>release. All that being said, we theorize that Mr. Smith went to Vietnam 
>for a few years,
>  and that The Units is a reference to something military. It's very easy 
>to imagine a middle/lower class guy out in Texas in the sixties, either 
>being drafted or even volunteering to join the army during the war, and 
>especially when you look at some of the cover images (Lost Cause and The 
>Living End come to mind) his haircut does seem like something a kid in the 
>military would sport. Besides, what could be more life-changing than a 
>horrible war like Vietnam? This also might explain why he's retained such 
>steadfast anonymity and privacy all these years. There's alot to me about 
>Corwood that's pretty militaristic...the cut and dry attitude of the plain 
>image covers with uniform black text on white for the labels, some of the 
>lyrical references (which of course aren't a very trustworthy source to be 
>taken literally, I know) and even the fact that Smith has been able to 
>generate enough money continually to afford to press this many albums year 
>after year, as well as pay
>  shipping, with Corwood not exactly being the most commercially viable 
>business...army checks! If he was in the military in Vietnam, you'd bet 
>your ass he'd get checks each month for the rest of his days.
>
>
>Anyway, just speculation as always, but we thought this was all pretty 
>interesting to consider. Thoughts?
>
>Brian
>
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>Today's Topics:
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>    1. RE: The Units (Dlugosz, John J)
>Iíve got the ďWarm Moving BodiesĒ single, which is a favorite of mine from 
>that era. A big hit on my local college radio station (WESU) back when I 
>was an impressionable high school boy (late 70s). Found the single many 
>years later at a shop in Phoenix. Havenít heard the album (didnít know 
>there was one), but Iíd highly recommend the single Iíve got-- certainly 
>nothing like the Corwood Rep. Were they really threatening to sue?
>
>Amazingly, thereís a rather extensive Wikipedia page on these folks: 
>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Units. Our man has a keener style sense, 
>for certain.
>
>From: Shawn Gates [mailto:shawn.gates at gmail.com]
>Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 1:21 PM
>To: Brad B
>Cc: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: Re: [Jandek] The Units
>
>I have an album of theirs. I actually like it a lot but it sounds nothing 
>like Jandek. They were a new wave type of band with drums and synth. There 
>is a page about them at: http://www.synthpunk.org/units/
>On 7/2/07, Brad B <jealousagain38 at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hey, I was just wondering if anyone on the list has heard music by the 
>Units that were threatening to sue Jandek in the 70's. I was interested in 
>hearing it, and was curious about whether it was worth it or not.
>
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