[Jandek] Mystique shmystique

alec way errora at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 28 10:23:14 PST 2006

yup.  well, the thing about jandek, prior to his first known live 
appearance a couple of years back, is that at some point you ask 
yourself, "how long can he keep this up?"  i figured he would play live 
one day.  there was a part of me that entertained the possibility of it 
all just stopping.  no live gigs.  no closure.   just one of these 
recordings would be the last and there'd be no real declaration about 
it....and people would endlessly speculate on who jandek "was," etc.

Frank Hardy wrote:

> I'm tired of all the "keep the mystery alive" crap, folks. If Jandek 
> is only cool when he has a "mystique", then how great of an artist is 
> he really? I don't think anyone on this list or anywhere else should 
> hesitate to share speculations/facts about the man and his life and 
> music (though I'll remind everyone that "snooping about" or otherwise 
> invading the guy's privacy is in pretty poor taste and no one here is 
> going to respect you for it). I just think it's unfortunate that this 
> guy who's new to Jandek feels like he has to keep back his ideas just 
> because some a few wispy romantics want to pretend Mr. Smith (yeah I 
> called him that!) never came out of hiding. DEAL WITH IT, folks.
> Frank Hardy  
> P.S. The idea of 0739 just happening to be on the tape counter makes 
> the most sense to me, considering Jandek's mundane method of deciding 
> on a name.
> P.P.S. For all you newbies out there, I reccomend that you do yourself 
> a favor and give Seth's ridiculously thorough page a good run-though 
> before you start posting, because it'll probably answer most of 
> your questions for you, and if you ask them here, we're probably just 
> gonna send you back to the site anyway. 
> */krakow <krakow81 at gmail.com>/* wrote:
>     You really can't tease us like that.
>     I'd love to know any theories regarding the catalogue numbers.
>     Please.
>     krakow
>     On 1/24/06, *Al Heldermon *<bassui at earthlink.net
>     <mailto:bassui at earthlink.net>> wrote:
>         I am new to the world of Jandek and this is my first post.
>         I'm speculating here, but I believe I know the rationale for the
>         numbering of the albums.  I do not want to be presumptuous
>         about this
>         so I would like to know what, if any, other past speculations
>         have been
>         as to why the albums are numbered the way they are.  I have
>         not gone
>         through the Jandek literature to review past theories.  Also,
>         I don't
>         even know if Jandek himself has ever clarified the
>         matter.  Can any one
>         who is more knowledgeable on this subject please help me out
>         here.
>         If the subject is still one that is unresolved within the
>         Jandek ether
>         I think I would prefer to attempt to contact Jandek directly
>         and try to
>         ascertain from him whether or not he would like this fact
>         revealed.
>         There are some things that are better left a mystery.
>         Thanks,
>         Al Heldermon
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