Thursday, September 29, 2005

Charlie Don't Surf

If your CD collection has a gaping hole between Manfred Mann and Marilyn Manson, your prayers have been answered. ESP Disk, the seminal 1960s record label that cut to wax many of the first recorded statements of free jazz pioneers, has started reissuing their catalog on CD. I didn't know that ESP Disk got into rock and pop music after the original free jazz movement started to fizzle out in the late 60s, so I was surprised to see a reissue from 1974 by none other than Charles Manson. I already knew that Manson is, like many psychopaths, a failed artist, but I never knew anyone ever released any of his music. All royalties from the purchase of Charlie's album go to the son of one of his victims. No word on when any of the tracks from "Lie" will be available on iTunes.

3 comments:

dusty said...

Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre appears to be a fan of the Manson oeuvre (see the film DiG! for an example), and given his penchant for doing whatever the hell he wants, I'm sure he's dropped some Charlie on his audience. Judging by Newcombe's own work, Manson's probably a step up.

MDS said...

Speaking of jazz, did you know the word "jazz" originally meant "sexual intercourse"?

dhodge said...

I was aware of that. It's kind of funny, because I'd be willing to bet that nowadays, jazz musicians have fewer groupies than musicians in any other musical genre. Jazz audiences and overwhelmingly male, and the few women that are in attendace are usually only there because the man in their life is a jazz fanatic.