Jandek

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Err...did anyone see that film about this guy then?
I have a copy of "The Place" and it is...disturbing, to say the least.

>>By spookyloop   (Monday, 17 May 2004 13:44)



Is there another film about Jandek? I saw the documentary, "Jandek on Corwood". Very good film.

>>By headrush77   (Thursday, 24 May 2007 09:50)



Anything is possible in show-biz!

>>By nonyeb   (Thursday, 24 May 2007 12:24)



I own Jandek's first 39 CD's, I think.

>>By headrush77   (Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 02:52)



Is there much variation throughout these works? A definable style? Any repetition?

>>By nonyeb   (Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 03:15)



nonyeb,

In some of Jandek's CDs, there is slight variation in styles. In more than 80% of his songs, it is just Jandek's vocals and acoustic guitar. For the casual listener, his style may sound redundant , repetitious and boring.

In less than 20% of the songs, he may have a band play with him or he may play a solo electric guitar with vocals or it may be Jandek's vocals and an electric bass in the place of the acoustic guitar or a second instrument like a harmonica is thrown in or female vocalist may sing, etc., etc. In several songs, Jandek with his electric guitar is accompanied by another more accomplished electric guitarist. Jandek's vocals and his rhythym, backup, second guitar is miked up front while the more accomplished, lead electric guitarist is mixed into the background. It makes for interesting listening.

His vocals are influenced by many singers. You may hear a little Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Hasil Adkins, Johnny Cash, the lead vocalist of Tuxedomoon, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, a lot like the lead vocalist for the Residents and several others in his vocals. He seems to be an influence on the lead vocalist for Go, Go, Go Airheart.

Some CDs will appeal to a few eclectic music fans, while other CDs will mostly appeal to Jandek fans only.

>>By headrush77   (Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 10:00)



Three Jandek LPs released in a row are spoken word pieces.

>>By headrush77   (Monday, 28 Jan 2008 06:41)



Thanks for all that, Headrush. My musical knowledge of Jandek extends solely to just one track I have on a compilation CD. I understand that he hasn't given interviews(?) & I'm curious as to what motivates him to create his music. I've heard that he's recently been doing some solo gigs so i assume the guy has a message that he wants to get across.

>>By nonyeb   (Monday, 28 Jan 2008 20:29)



According to the documentary, "Jandek On Corwood", Jandek has had one telephone interview in the mid '80's with Richie Unterberger who authored the book, "Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll" and with a writer for Texas Monthly Magazine who was allowed to hang out with Jandek for an afternoon under the condition that she would not disclose any specific details about the meeting.

Some of Jandek's music can be heard on "Jandek On Corwood" and five different songs can be sampled on MySpace.com.

The last two years, Jandek has played close to a dozen concerts mostly with local musicians from the cities he has played. this includes a solo performance or two.

Several clips of live songs of his performances are posted on YouTube.

>>By headrush77   (Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 09:23)



Check Jandek out.

>>By headrush77   (Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 09:23)



Come to think of it, there is several paragraphs about Jandek in the book, "Unknown Legends Of Rock 'n' Roll".

>>By headrush77   (Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 09:34)



In the past several weeks Jandek played twice in Houston as Jandek..

The April show was an hour and ten minute plus long 1980's funk jam. One song played for over an hour and ten minutes! There was an eight minute break then another eight minute funk jam. Visualize Bootsy Collins on bass, Andy Gill on guitar and a drummer providing a steady back beat. This may best describe the first show.

The May show was a chamber music concert playing soundtrack-type music for a suspense movie. Jandek was seated playing the electric bass, sometimes the slide electric bass. An alto saxophone player, a seated electric guitar and mini-synthesizer(?) player, a percussionist on a gong set and a second percussionist on a chime set accompanied Jandek. They played for an hour and ten minutes one movement , two movements or three movements. It was really hard to tell, if there was a real break or two between pieces.

Both concerts were excellent shows. With Jandek live, you never know what kind of concert will be played.

>>By headrush77   (Sunday, 10 May 2009 05:04)



A possibility is that Jandek's approach is one of take it or leave it. Don't be influenced by any background stuff when you hear his music ('cos little or none of that is being provided anyway.)
At the very least it can make us wonder & think about celebrity, & why we have to know the background of our idols. One reason for it is that gossip mags, TV documentary makers, biographers, etc all thrive on it.
Maybe Jandek's just against such industry?

>>By nonyeb   (Monday, 11 May 2009 00:59)



.......or his background is very much of an influence on his music. Almost everyone who knows of Jandek has a different opinion about him. For example, my friend envisions him as being a prankster toying with his fans. I view him as a very private person and that his music is very autobiographical, almost painfully autobiographical.

>>By headrush77   (Sunday, 24 May 2009 04:32)



That's sounds a mite tragic possibly.

>>By nonyeb   (Sunday, 24 May 2009 09:41)



I recently received 20 more items from Jandek, single and multiple CDs and single and multiple DVDs. Going through his CDs first. I definitely like his live Glascow and live Manhatten CDs. the best out of all his CDs. These are the CDs that a few music fans may get into the music. The last third of his catalogue seems to be mostly his live concerts the last several years. Enjoy!

>>By headrush77   (Saturday, 3 Apr 2010 21:42)



I'm now wondering how long he'll carry on (in music) -Not that he shouldn't of course. If McCartney, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, The Rolling Stones, & others can be veterans, maybe there'll be no stopping Jandek either.
And he can maintain whatever degree of anonymity - If The Residents could make a career of that, surely a single person can too.

>>By nonyeb   (Sunday, 4 Apr 2010 08:48)



Jandek is about 63 years old now. He'll probably keep making music until he dies. He wants to put out enough music to stay in the minds of critics and fans according to one of his rare interviews. He does not want to become irrelevant.

>>By headrush77   (Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 11:04)



I thought he was way younger than that (& younger than me!)
Will he turn up when inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Shame, sorry, Fame?!☺

>>By nonyeb   (Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 05:56)



He'll stay in our minds, i'm sure.

>>By nonyeb   (Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 05:58)



But wouldn't Jandek be all the more impressive if he'd emerged & progressed, still sounding the way he has done, via more normal channels without the reclusiveness & the anonymity?
Looking at his live performances on You-Tube, there are some where the music seems Funked up, & where he's in the proverbial groove, getting into it, & apparently enjoying himself. I'd suggest this is where his music gets a tad less original.
It's interesting to make two of the most obvious comparisons, with Captain Beefheart & the latter-day Scott Walker because both of them now live & operate pretty reclusively & anonymously too. But when both made their most original music, neither of them had hithertofore worked in such seclusion & isolation (Beefheart had 'taken the art route' whilst Walker had been a pop star idol). I would suggest that these two took better routes & that Jandek, although good & interesting, is a somewhat lesser talent by comparison.

>>By nonyeb   (Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 07:39)



Jandek is an enigma and he probably likes it that way. His ego does not allow him to stop, but is not allowed to become a public persona. During the day he may be a machinist or a professional who works at an investment firm. The public does not know for sure. His guitar work both acoustic and electric is in the same vein as Sonic Youth. His guitars are intentially out of tuned and played out of key. Listening closely may give clues that this may be intential. Is he less talented than others? Maybe. Probably. I am still working on purchasing and listening to his complete catalog.

>>By headrush77   (Tuesday, 4 May 2010 13:00)



Yes, i'd agree with the above. I think he probably has reached any or whichever niche that he wanted to attain.
He'd know that if he got any more famous or noted, then any drive to investigate, to learn more, to uncover, would increase. That amount of probing might make him really reclusive enough to stop broadcasting his work (or even stop producing it altogether) which I personally would consider a real pity.

>>By nonyeb   (Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:41)



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