Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Fink
The companion piece to the wonderfully and lovingly compiled Songs in the Key of Z, this second volume by outsider music historian Irwin Chusid may feature artists whose names and talents are even more obscure than those on the previous collection but whose skills are arguably no less bizarre. Just as gloriously self-unaware as the artists compiled on the original, here Chusid introduces us to the oddball stylings of Eddie Murray and his silly jazz show tune "Stepping High Dance," Bob Vido and his wildly unfettered faux-one man band workout on "High Speed," and Thoth's yelping quasi-performance art in " The Herma, Scene 5: Recitation/An." For good measure, Chusid offers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Fink
The companion piece to the wonderfully and lovingly compiled Songs in the Key of Z, this second volume by outsider music historian Irwin Chusid may feature artists whose names and talents are even more obscure than those on the previous collection but whose skills are arguably no less bizarre. Just as gloriously self-unaware as the artists compiled on the original, here Chusid introduces us to the oddball stylings of Eddie Murray and his silly jazz show tune "Stepping High Dance," Bob Vido and his wildly unfettered faux-one man band workout on "High Speed," and Thoth's yelping quasi-performance art in " The Herma, Scene 5: Recitation/An." For good measure, Chusid offers second helpings of Volume 1 standouts such as "The Human Horn" Shooby Taylor, Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker (here with a follow-up to her " Cousin Mosquito #1" with the appropriately titled, though drastically different, " Cousin Mosquito #2"), beautifully naïve piano balladeer B.J. Snowden, and the hilariously earnest Luie Luie and his fourteen trumpets. No doubt, the collection walks the line between novelty, comedy, and embarrassing sincerity, but the genuineness and naturalness of the performances never fail to prove themselves memorable on some level. What's even more unexpected is the ability of the songs to elicit repeated listens, whether in trying to decode the inexplicable logic in the songwriting or for their sheer addictive nuttery. Overall, this set might be a bit anti-climatic following on the heels of the unqualified success of the first volume, but those who find themselves put off by the polish and studied calculation of modern music should find a powerful antidote on Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2006
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929117525
  • Catalog Number: 175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Philosophy of the World - The Shaggs (2:58)
  2. 2 Walking the Cow - Daniel Johnston (3:36)
  3. 3 Walking on the Moon - Lucia Pamela (3:09)
  4. 4 Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere - Peter Grudzien (2:38)
  5. 5 Downloading the Repertoire - Jack Mudurian (3:35)
  6. 6 Stout-hearted Men - Shooby Taylor (2:44)
  7. 7 In Canada - B.J. Snowden (3:28)
  8. 8 Jailhouse Rock - Eilert Pilarm (2:30)
  9. 9 Virgin Child of the Universe @@Song-Poem (2:35)
  10. 10 Rock N' Roll McDonald's - Wesley Willis (2:25)
  11. 11 Telstar - Joe Meek (2:24)
  12. 12 At the Grass Roots @@Sri Darwin "Dap Ren" Gross (2:56)
  13. 13 Cousin Mosquito, No. 1 @@Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker (3:34)
  14. 14 El Touchy - Luie Luie (4:06)
  15. 15 Standing in a Trash Can (Thinking About You) - Legendary Stardust Cowboy (2:17)
  16. 16 Vampire Suite - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (3:40)
  17. 17 Butterfly Mind - Arcesia (2:55)
  18. 18 They Told Me I Was a Fool - Jandek (5:04)
  19. 19 Oh Baby, You Love's in Town @@"Dusty Roads" Rowe (3:50)
  20. 20 True Love - Miss Sue (2:43)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Joe Meek Composer
Greg Carter Cover Art
Irwin Chusid Producer, Liner Notes
Sam McCall Mastering
Malinda Jackson Parker Composer
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