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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by grim83, May 25, 2016.
How did we get this far without mention of Viv Stanshall?
I'm Sure you all remember the Limp Biskit guys...their guitar player did/does this as well...lots of drugs I'd imagine.
Got a few older gents, from the past;
* Ray Stevens
* Roger Miller
* Jim Stafford
* Dan Hicks
Another vote for The Residents!!
Yep, I guess 'oddball' isn't a very complimentary name for musicians who push the envelope or explore new ground !
For a particular generation of postwar Germans, Heino is the height of respectability. I would call his music a little weird to our ears, but it isn't folk, and it isn't intended as a novelty.
I've met him, he's a very nice guy.
"Novelty" records are intended as satire or humor by their creators.
"Outsider" or "oddball" music is generally recorded with complete sincerity by its creators but is hilarious, creepy, or otherwise capable of provoking unintended responses.
Then there are purposeful prank records done as insider provocation, such as the famous song submitted to a "song-poem service" in an effort to see if something could be written that was so bad they'd refund the money instead of recording it. Google "Ramsey Kearney" for the results.
A band of great oddballs Adrien Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford..
King Crimson circa early 80's.
That stuff still holds up and still funks and rocks harder than most anything today...
I gotta thank this thread for introducing me to Bob Log, I am FLOORED by this guy. Incredible.
My faves would be T-Model Ford, Hound Dog Taylor, Flat Duo Jets (Dex Romweber gots a powerful hoodoo), Hasil Adkins, Seasick Steve, the Cramps, Dean Carter, Roky Erickson.
I am also way into Zolar X.1973 band that claimed to be aliens.
Also , I guss Jack White is practically mainstream now, but when he came out playing Son House's 'Death Letter' all punkrock style.. that was like.. life-changing for me, I had never seen anything like it.
My first thought was like "heeyyyy is he allowed to do that?"
And then I was like "whoooooaaaaa"
Marc Ribot. Especially his work with Tom Waits. I find his playing endlessly inspiring and mysterious.
I dont think anyone mentioned the tubes, Fee Waybill and the gang had a song called "Dont touch me there"
I'll let you look that one up on youtube ( some contenet may not be appropriate for this post)
and Laurie anderson , Language is a virus