Fred Lane

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i've got that album on Shimmy Disc with French Toast Man on it, um, Car Radio Jerome? its kind of fun, not wacky enough to be irritating. i don't know if i'd just think it was adolescent whack if i heard it for the first time now though instead of when i was, like, 14. so, you know, what do you think of Fred Lane?

gareth, Friday, 16 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

he was a pretty decent running back for the carolina panthers before his wife mowed him down.

keith, Friday, 16 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

not as whacked out as his facial hair is & v.disappointing for it

bob snoom, Saturday, 17 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"From the One that Cut You" is a classic in my house. He's an artist and has a website somewhere.

Kerry, Monday, 19 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

The Fred Lane documentary "Icepick to the Moon" debuts this Saturday in Chattanooga, TN:

ernestp, Monday, 2 April 2018 12:43 (two years ago) link

Would like to see that. I knew him a little bit in Tuscaloosa, always liked him and his performances and his visual art: that downhome bumpin' bumpercrop of cheerful absurdism and mix & match musical and other elements at will. The avant-garage, and RIYL "Spike Lee on the box," sipping mint juleps to the tune of sound effects records, full(?)-length "Bourbon Street," "Teenage Prayer," and some others on The Complete Basement Tapes, and Pere Ubu, man even more than band. Post-Fred's mobiles/whirligigs made me think of Ed Big Daddy Roth, whose cartooning turned into ingenious model car kits. This tells all that I'm aware of,now with a link to the doc now tagged too:
I may have been too negatory about some others in this scene, but that's the way I heard it at the time (did like albums involving him)
The Raudelunas Marching Vegetable Band
PS to backstory comments in there: later read that Diamonda Galas credited LaDonna Smith as an early inspiration.

dow, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 01:09 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

30+ years after "Car Radio Jerome," the third Fred Lane album "Icepick to the Moon" is finally out. Available on vinyl (Feeding Tube Records) or digital downloads on Bandcamp:

A record release show featuring Fred Lane's first publicized performance since 1976, including a screening of the documentary "Icepick to the Moon," is scheduled for January 31, 2020 at Saturn in Birmingham, Alabama:

The Exile Hour podcast (11/26/19), featuring Fred Lane:

Fred Lane article (11/27/19) in The Pulse:

ernestp, Monday, 2 December 2019 01:08 (eight months ago) link

Great, Thanks! I'm a big fan of the first two albums.

everything, Monday, 2 December 2019 05:34 (eight months ago) link

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