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Gary Wilson’s synth-laden 1977 debut You Think You Really Know Me had few analogues in popular music at the time of its release. Though it’s since been championed by hip-hop producers, leftfield indie rockers, and a host of others as something of an outsider’s masterpiece, it remains a singular and enigmatic record that blends the sonic experimentation and synthetic minimalism of early Suicide, with a deranged brand of sometimes alienating confessionalism and a professional’s flair for eccentric pop songwriting. Lisa Wants To Talk To You is Wilson’s second release on Stones Throw Records since his rediscovery in the mid-‘90s and it finds him as restless as ever. Not content to rehash the trademark sound of his iconic debut, Lisa features a set of unnerving electro tunes that rely as much on Wilson’s unhurried synthetic funk as they do on his trademark quavering vocals and painfully personal lyrics.

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He picked up the mantle that Lou Reed carelessly discarded by 1977, and he puts out a record in 2008 that shames any Lou record since "Coney Island Baby". God bless the strange boy from Endicott.


Born: October, 1953 in Endicott, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '00s, '10s

The brain-damaged electro-funk of Gary Wilson was new wave when the label was still mainly used to categorize punk acts with a sweet tooth for pop. Completely ahead of his time, Wilson used chilly synthesizers and bizarre sound effects and samples to tell his odd tales of love and sex. In 1977, he recorded You Think You Really Know Me in the basement of his parents' house in Endicott, New York. Home tapings eventually started becoming prevalent by the '90s, but in the late '70s, Wilson was an indie...
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