Lizard Music, novella, c1978, by Daniel Manus Pinkwater was one of the first a chapter books I got to read/listen by myself via the Library of Congress recorded books for with “print disabilities”. I still remember plot points involving chickens, lizards with rocks on their wrists, islands, and rafts. It was a game changer for how I enjoyed fiction, as before Lizard Music, Yobgorgle, and Fat Me From Mars I had only had access to adult level books and some of those were not enjoyable- but I finished them.
I wonder if there is a connection between that title and this band? In any case, I have some music to explore.
See also on BoingBoing: Daniel Pinkwater’s brilliant, hilarious, life-changing books as $3 ebooks (2014 04 14), Profile of Daniel Pinkwater, “Pynchon for kids” (2014 10 06), How Daniel Pinkwater writes a blurb (2015 04 29), etc
Holy carp, I’m excited! I discovered this group on a World Dom promo mixtape(!) along with Low Pop Suicide and Sky Cries Mary–man, there were a lot of underrated bands on that small label! Somehow I managed to find a copy of Fashionably Lame at a used CD store (pre-Napster) when going to college in Pittsburgh, and I have been hooked ever since. Their music is fun, quirky, and super creative, even if they sometimes struggled to figure out how to end a song. I can’t wait to take another sonic journey with these guys!
Thanks for posting this, and yes I created an account just to post this.
Pinkwater is an American literary treasure.
Yes, according to the record label, the band name came from the book.
Talk about unexpected! Their “Fashionably Lame” LP was the first (and to this date, the only) album I bought due to a review in the UTNE Reader (!). The review mentioned that Steve Albini recorded it, and listed musical references to Gershwin and the Beach Boys, and so I was intrigued. The mid-90s internet was spotty in terms of info on these guys. World Domination’s website wasn’t working the few times I checked. A welcome return! Can’t wait to digest the new one.
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