[Jandek] re: the units theory (26)

Simon Greenwood simon.greenwood at mac.com
Fri Aug 29 08:28:06 PDT 2008

The Units is a very good anonymous name - very punk/new wave as is (yes, 
is - they're still going) the other band of the same name. I quite like 
26's theory as the boxes that Corwood received from the pressing plant 
would say '50 units' on them or something like that, and it fits in with 
the Rep's ongoing need to hide in plain sight.


Chris Robinson wrote:
> Interesting idea.  I've always wondered if "The Units" was the name of 
> the band that appears on the full band recordings.  It definitely 
> sounds like a garage band kind of name.  Of course, this theory only 
> makes sense if you think that most (if not all) of the "band" material 
> was created prior to 1978 (and I do). 
> Furthermore, I've often wondered if the one-man band stuff (i.e. "The 
> Rocks Crumble," "Interstellar Discussion," maybe the version of 
> "European Jewel" from Chair Beside A Window) could be a later attempt 
> to singlehandedly approximate the more chaotic garage band material.  
> But I don't know.  I've always felt that albums such as "Foreign 
> Keys," "Modern Dances" (most of it at least), "Follow Your Footsteps" 
> (most of it) and "Telegraph Melts" were recordings made by Jandek as a 
> younger man.  There is a lot of youthful energy present on those 
> records.  Later full band stuff like "You Walk Alone," etc. I'm not so 
> sure about. 
> But I don't know.  I'm just throwing ideas out there.
> -Chris
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