[Jandek] Appalachian Banjo and Gloomy Sunday

matt love mattlove1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 08:33:01 PDT 2008

Oh, I watched that vid all the way through... now I'm going to have to go
kill myself.

No wait, Snopes says I don't have to:


It's true that Renzo Seress killed himself - in 1968,  35 years after he
wrote it in 1933 (he's reduced to the status of listener, from composer,
during the course of this remarkably poorly researched video).  That strains
the concept of immediately, though if you take the long view, from the big
bang on, 35 is pretty immediate, but you might as well say in the human
species, death immedicately follows drawing of the first breath.

If you like scary and/or depressing music, check out "Calling All Fiends"
Halloween collection at


especially "Devil's Candyshop" by Nigel Simmons, it's a cracker.

I have to admit, I was (am?) in a band with Nigel, I brought this song to
their attention, and I have a couple of songs on the compilation myself.

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 8:36 PM, Feigin Boris <railfan93111 at hotmail.com>wrote:

>  Hmm, I have to listen to it again to be sure...the Appallachian banjo was
> mentioned in the Allmusic.com review of the record. Not sure if that is
> actually a banjo but the guitar sound is different on this record, I
> thought.
> Meanwhile, has anyone heard about a song called Gloomy Sunday? There is a
> gimmicky legend connected with this about how hundreds of people have
> committed suicide while clutching the song sheet of this song in their
> hands. I'm definitely willing to discount most of the stories but the fact
> remains...this is one *awesome* song. Check it out...here is the link:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WBZwLkvpFI
> Cheers,
> Boris
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> Subject: [Jandek] RE: (Jandek) I Woke Up and Jandek Girls
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 23:41:31 -0500
> To: jandek at mylist.net
> What songs have a Appallachian banjo playing on I Woke Up? That sounds cool...
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