Saturday, May 05, 2012

Re-discover Billy Jenkins

This week was rediscover Billy Jenkins week - although for me it was more discover Billy Jenkins. My introduction to Jenkins was the album Entertainment USA where the tracks are named after people who had significant cultural or political (good and bad) impact in the USA, and globally for that matter. It is not an homage but more symbolic of a Pax Americana. There is even a track named after the demonic Charles Manson who became a cultural icon for the criminally insane in the 1960s. And, Manson did actually write songs while he was in jail, which apparently were recorded by Guns N Roses and Marilyn Manson. On Jenkin's other albums I was amused by the unromantic titles he gave his music - names like Donkey Droppings, Pointless Adornments, Coke Cans in Yer Garden and so on... The lyrics evoke a poetry about the everyday and his sound is unapologetically eclectic and hybrid - a sort of  Bakhtinian subversion of the aesthetics of music.




                All these can be found on Bandcamp

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wish Billy would do more London gigs (preferably South London as to opposed to the ubiquitous Vortex). He's a genius.