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Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry
     

Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer

Director: Josh Rubin, Wild Man Fischer, Frank Zappa, Bill Mumy

Cast: Josh Rubin, Wild Man Fischer, Frank Zappa, Bill Mumy

 

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Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a wildly eccentric singer who in 1968 was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by Frank Zappa, who was intrigued by Fischer's offer to write and perform original songs for passers-by for a mere ten cents each. After hearing a few dollars' worth, Zappa offered Fischer -- who had been wandering the edges of the music business for several

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Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a wildly eccentric singer who in 1968 was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by Frank Zappa, who was intrigued by Fischer's offer to write and perform original songs for passers-by for a mere ten cents each. After hearing a few dollars' worth, Zappa offered Fischer -- who had been wandering the edges of the music business for several years, with no success -- a recording contract, and in 1968 the album An Evening With Wild Man Fischer was released. Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always boasting Fischer's wobbly matter-of-taste voice and adult-child songwriting, the two-LP set of oddball tunes (including "Merry-Go-Round," "Monkeys vs. Donkeys," "Are You From Clovis," and "The Rocket Rock") sold only modestly, and after an altercation at Zappa's home, Fischer soon found himself without a record deal. While he remained a favorite among a tiny cult of admirers, Fischer was difficult for most folks in the music industry to deal with -- he'd been diagnosed as both a manic-depressive and a paranoid-schizophrenic, and his extreme mood swings, obsessive need for attention, and inability to conform to societal standards of public behavior have kept him at the sidelines of show business as a freak talent, when his abilities are acknowledged at all. But there are a number of people who know music and believe Fischer is a genuine talent, including legendary big band singer Rosemary Clooney, soul icon Solomon Burke, Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh, and music historian and disc jockey Dr. Demento. Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry Wild Man Fischer is a documentary which offers a look at Fischer's torturous childhood, his strange adventures in show business, his struggle to be heard, and his constant battle with his own demons; the film includes interviews with Fischer and his admirers, as well as vintage performance clips (including his appearance on Laugh-In).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
UPC:
0760137528395
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ubin Twinz Productio
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
51,468

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Rudy Ray Moore [aka Dolemite] Interview; Two Commentaries with Larry Fischer and the Filmmakers; Director's Notes in Insert

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Disc #1 -- Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer
1. Tortured Entertainer [3:57]
2. Quadruple Paranoid [3:16]
3. Growing Up Larry [11:43]
4. Songs For Sale [6:47]
5. "I'm Bigger Than The Beatles!" [3:22]
6. An Evening With [9:02]
7. Frank Won't Let Me Sleep At Night [3:59]
8. Go To Rhino Records [5:55]
9. Barnes And Barnes [6:02]
10. The Conspiracy [16:08]
11. A True Artist [2:29]
12. Aunt Josephine [3:01]
13. Hospital Visit [5:39]
14. The Corner Of Faith [5:13]

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