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So wrong it's right, so right it's wrong - click opera
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Sat, Oct. 11th, 2008 03:22 am
So wrong it's right, so right it's wrong

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(Anonymous)
Sun, Oct. 12th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
wrong Ness

Hi, long-time reader, first-time commenter (I think?). This thread's bait for me, because I love Afro-pop and I have gotten a lot of joy out of that Gumboot piece by Albert Nene which you cite at the top (as well as the Awesome Tapes from Africa blog, and I will check out the other). I find it interesting that you focus on Nene's "wrongness" because to me it's an extremely confident baroque performance-- sort of like a street-level Bach canon.

As for "wrongness" in general, it seems like you're making a distinction between the usual "so wrong it's right" targets -- amateur, outsider artists like the Shaggs or those found on the 365 Days Project -- and people like Martin Rev, in whose category I'd also put someone like Gary Wilson (esp. recent Gary) or Ariel Pink, and so on... sincere with a bit of amateur but a larger degree of awareness and aesthetic irony. Am I correct? And if so would the Awesome Tapes artists fall into a third category?

I'd also like to say yes, it is lucky that Max Tundra's album is coming out. It inspires a lot of sober analysis from me, and it also inspires me to call him "Steely Dan 2008" (that is a good thing) and play it over and over and over again in jittery joy.

-Spencer


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