Nice primer on the genre of outsider music

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‘Philosophy of the World’ is the only album I can genuinely say brings a smile to my face every time I listen. A huge heartwarning grin.


The RE/search books “Incredibly Strange Music” volumes 1 and 2 are another fine starting place. I don’t know if they’re still available, but they each came with a CD.


Shooby Taylor! There was a hot three months back in my early 20’s where I was really into Shooby’s sound. Then one day that weird scat music didn’t do it for me anymore, but thanks for bringing back the fond memory.


Hi, how are you?

Listening to “Outsider Music” and looking at “Outsider Art” is kind of liberating. Though I think I grock the Outsiders’ output more than the works of modern, atonal composers. That stuff has passed through the musical event horizon in to an alien phonic dimension.

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This Outsider Music stuff is fascinating! Someone should write a book about it.

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When I busk outdoors, am I an outsider? BTW including Tiny Tim as such is misleading – IIRC he was an acknowledged expert on pre-electric music (before electric recordings) who was consulted for many film soundtracks for authenticity. An odd performer, sure, but mainstream work paid his bills.

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