Willis, Wesley & the Dragnews / Greatest Hits
Album: Greatest Hits   Collection:General
Artist:Willis, Wesley & the Dragnews   Added:Nov 2003
Label:Alternative Tentacles Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-01-12 Pull Date: 2004-03-15
Week Ending: Mar 7 Feb 29 Feb 22 Feb 15 Feb 8 Feb 1 Jan 25 Jan 18
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 2 7 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 13, 2016: Brownian Motion
My Mother Smokes Crack Rock
4. Feb 01, 2012: Brownian Motion
My Mother Smokes Crack Rock
2. Nov 11, 2015: Brownian Motion
My Mother Smokes Crack Rock
5. Jun 01, 2011: Brownian Motion
My Mother Smokes Crack Rock
3. May 02, 2012: Brownian Motion
Your Way Right Way
6. Mar 16, 2011: Brownian Motion
Your Way Right Way

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2004-01-06
Another “greatest hits” compilation from a man with over 30 CD releases. For the unitiated: Wesley Willis died this year of leukemia. A 300 lb clinically “mentally ill” man living in the street, he was given one of those cheesy “one man band” Casio type organs and shortly thereafter “discovered” by Jello Biafra for his simple songs that are altogether naive, bizarre, brutal, honest and sweet at the same time. Willis’ music is formulaic: usually following one or two musical soundbeds that either “rock” fast or faster, with programmed drum fills and instrumentation. Willis vocalizes over the music, in his offkey somewhat deadpan (but certainly crazy) vocal delivery, singing simple lyrics ranging from personal experiences to singing about rock stars, fast food, and movie stars (including movie stars turned California governors). Every song ends with an “advertisement” of sorts, apparently Willis’ attempt at his dream to do corporate advertising professionally. The effect is surreal, sure crowd pleasers. Wesley Willis live performances had a twisted energy unmatched by any. So it goes.

Play any, but avoid tracks with brutal honest FCC violations as follows:

FCCs: 1,4,6,7,8,12,13,17,19,20,23

2) Viper room, song about famous hipster hangout in LA
5) giving us the low-down on how disgusting and unhealthy burger king/fast food burgers are
10) rock band does music here, good rock
11) different production, feel, cool and interesting, great reverby vocal hook/chorus
14) mass murderer refs (chuckie)
15) chorus/title sung w/ bizarre pitch change
16) my mother smokes crack rocks
18) minor toned, bizarre
21) upbeat
22) who is this?
24) cool production
25) it’s the end- outro “extra track” is brief, keep

Track Listing
1. Verbal Assault   13. Wriglet Field
2. The Viper Room   14. Chuckie
3. Im Going on a World Tour   15. Tom Petty and the Heartbreak
4. If   16. My Mother Smokes Crack Rock
5. Your Way Right Way   17. Beware of Dog
6. Make My Joyplane Crash   18. Gingerbread Knocked Me Out
7. I Whipped Spiderman's Ass   19. Do It
8. Suck a Pittbulls Dick   20. Suck a Polar Bears Dick
9. Oprah Winfrey   21. The Horse Bit Me
10. Love God   22. Carla Winterbottom
11. Im the Daddy of Rock and Rol   23. Catalina
12. My Keyboard Got Damaged   24. Benny the Bull
  25. Its the End of the Western