The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 August 2003

Ten o'clock shadows

Irwin Chusid, WFMU radio host and chronicler of "outsider music":

99.99999997% of all sentient life on the planet could not listen to three Jandek tunes all the way through.

Evidently I qualify for that odd 0.00000003 percent, having now listened to three Jandek tunes all the way through. And survived.

What sort of stuff is this? Chusid quips:

Did someone say "rock and roll"? Jandek's neither "rock" nor "roll." He's not even "and."

Damned if I know what he is, either. But if there's a word that combines "compelling" and "repellent" — a word other than "Jandek", that is — that's the word I'm looking for.

(For the curious: "They Told Me I Was a Fool", from Ready for the House, thoughtfully included by Chusid on the companion CD to his book Songs in the Key of Z, and "European Jewel" and "Unconditional Surrender", from Chair Beside a Window.)

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