Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Wesley Willis Fiasco|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop
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Please, please medicate this man
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wesley Willis rules. His outpouring of schizophrenic rants is literally nothing short of genius, and one of the most honest voices in the music industry. If you can get past the never-ending profanity, there's actually an acute societal awareness hiding under his illness. It's funny to listen to him, whatever he's going on about; though I do sometimes feel sorry for what he suffers through daily. But since the music is his chosen outlet for dealing with the voices he hears in his head, I'm not bothered by appreciating his creations. Wesley Willis Fiasco is not so much corporate exploitation of a man with a serious mental illness as it is Wesley's answer to self-medication. When the demon-voices come, he responds with his music. Join Wesley on his spookydisharmonious conflicthellride. You may discover, as I did, that his reality is closer to your own than you might imagine."
paradox9745 | Chicago, IL | 06/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For so long I was fooled by the glossy veneer put up such overrated music genres such as classical and jazz music to hide for their lack of real musical content and inspiration, but after listening to a Wesley Willis CD I have seen the error of my ways! This CD is not only a masterwork of epic proportions, but a spiritual journey that will lead its listeners to the bright light of the musical promised land! I own all the Wesley Willis CDs. In fact, I play them at night while I sleep, hoping that some of his genius might be passed subconsciously into my pathetic mind, tragically devoid Willis's white-hot ball of pure creativity that continuously burns my soul and lights my fire. Needless to say, I highly recommend this CD to everyone out there in search of a true genius."
Charles R. Weihnachtsfrosch | Pegram, TN USA | 05/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is the closest Wesley Willis ever came to musical respectability. The WWF was a tight band, a respectable band, and they could have (and for all I know did) play respectable suburban rock&roll behind a different lead singer.
You'll hear a lot of stolen riffs on this disc, including a big long chunk of Rush's "Tom Sawyer", but you can say that about a lot of the best jazz.
A lot of Wesley Willis' songs sound alike, but you can say that about Hank Williams or Robert Johnson.
A lot of people will tell you that Wesley Willis wasn't a musician, that he had no talent, that he wasn't in command of his instrument. On the other hand, I've heard a lot of people say that about Thelonious Monk.
Wesley Willis was not about being a respectable musician. If all you have to say about Willis is that he wasn't a musician, that he had no talent, or that his recording career was exploitation of the man's illness, save your breath. We all know that.
If that's all you have to say about Wesley Willis, you, unfortunately, are the one who is missing the point. I bounce around the house singing "Casper the Homosexual Friendly Ghost", fully aware of the offensiveness of every word I utter, but unable to help myself. I sit at the keyboard listening to "Jesus is the Answer", blissfully cranking out code. I play air guitar to "The Bar is Closed", and I'm not normally the kind of guy who plays air guitar.
The Wesley Willis Fiasco was Nirvana, Rush, Tenacious D, and Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld all wrapped up into a single band. I cannot otherwise put it into words.
Besides, I'm sure Rick Santorum doesn't want you to hear this disc."