Tuesday, October 17, 2006


I think that the best way to introduce in a few lines Larry "Wild Man" Fischer is to copy the sleeve notes of the Derailroaded DVD, hoping also to encourage you to try and see this brilliant documentary about the cult-artist:
"de-rail-road-ed (di ral’rod ed) 1. pt.; a neologism; one man’s psycholinguistic and schizo-musical metaphor for derailed, to have caused a train, mind or life to go off the tracks. 2. proper noun; an 86 minute documentary feature.
In this shocking and sensitive musical journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry “Wild Man” Fischer, we follow his discordant encounters in the music business. Institutionalized at 16 after attacking his mother with a knife, Fischer wandered the mean streets of L.A. singing his unique brand of songs for 10¢ each to passersby. He was discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he cut his first record album, including the enduring dada rock classic ‘Merry Go Round’. A precursor to punk, Fischer became an underground club and concert favourite, earning him the title of "godfather of outsider music." Over the course of his 40 year career, Fischer has performed constantly, is the first artist ever recorded on Rhino Records, was featured on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, had a top hit in the UK Pop Charts with ‘Go To Rhino Records’, which featured in John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1976, was the subject of his own comic book, was a mainstay on The Dr Demento Show , and even sang a duet with the late Rosemary Clooney.
Extensive archival footage from Fischer’s early days, including his TV and club performances, trace his life from neglected child to tortured genius. We visit him at home, follow him on the streets, and speak with those who over the years witnessed – and survived – his erratic behavior: his family, his doctor, and industry professionals including Frank and Gail Zappa, Weird Al Yankovic, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Solomon Burke, Dr. Demento, and Barnes and Barnes. You will be moved, amazed, repelled, and ultimately come to know what it is like to be profoundly DERAILROADED."
Fischer recorded four LP's plus a live album with Smegma. The double album An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, produced by Zappa in '68, has never been re-released. All the music he recorded for Rhino Records, most of it perfectly produced by Barbes & Barnes, had been gathered on the Fischer King box set, that is no longer available too. It looks like all you can buy is Wildmania, the number 1 album in Rhino's catalogue.
The movie, that hopefully will arouse some interest around Fischer's music, is very dramatic. Like Crumb, the documentary about the famous underground cartoonist and his family, it proves how some of the most sincere and intense artistical expressions can come from a diseased mind. Larry is a manic depressive paranoid-schizophrenic, and this brought a lot of suffering in his life.
One of the most interesting extras featured on the DVD is an amazing animation by the great illustrator Pat Moriarity, based on the song The Bouillabasse, that exposes effectively Larry's obsessions.
Check out this post on PCL LinkDump for more infos about Wild Man Fischer, and also to download two of his albums!

Wild Man Fischer - The Bouillabaisse (animation by Pat Moriarity)

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Blogger mrdantefontana said...

Thanks! This is a great animation. i really love it. Oh, and the "evil" Zappa is there of course! ;-)

10/18/2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I feel "derailroaded" too sometimes...
Anyway, thanks to you too, for keeping some Wild Man's music available on your blog.

10/18/2006 9:30 PM  
Blogger PatMoriarityDotCom said...

Hi Micro

Pat Moriarity, illustrator here. Thanks for the kind words! I wanted to let you know that the animation that Plexifilm (European distribution company) put on the DVD extras is wrong. Somehow, they managed to SPEED UP the motion, so it's out of synch with the sound! It's fine in the actual movie, but the supposedly complete animation I made is not what's there. I painstakingly timed everything to go along with what Larry's talking about. Like when the puppet comes by and talks to Larry, and when the ship sinks he looks and sez "A Victoria Longbeach clip!" So when I got the DVD I was excited, then bummed! None of this happens when it's sped up out of synch. But the film makers (Rubin and Lubin) will correct that when it comes out in the USA.

Also, my new animation is just as weird as Larry's. If you buy the CD "SALAD" by rock legend charlie Burton, it's an enhanced disc, and has a 3 minute short I made not long after the DERAILROADED movie. Details- www.charlieburton.net

10/28/2006 2:52 AM  
Blogger PatMoriarityDotCom said...

If you want to post the ACTUAL animation as I made it, let me know and I'll send it to you!

10/28/2006 3:09 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Pat, it is a great pleasure and honour to see your comments here, I'm a great fan of your work. Too bad that this animation is not as you conceived it, in fact I noticed that the clip is a little shorter than the actual length of the song. But I loved it just the same! It would be very kind of you to send the REAL Bouillabaisse animation, so I could post it here! Let me know, you can find an e-mail adress in my profile.
All the best.

10/28/2006 3:53 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

...and I'll search for that Charlie Burton's CD too ;-)

10/28/2006 3:55 AM  
Blogger PatMoriarityDotCom said...


12/22/2006 9:54 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Pat, thanks for the link to the "Buddy Miles" clip, I loved it!
Have a nice CHristmas.

12/23/2006 3:15 AM  

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