The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
I have been a fan of Gary Clail for many
years. Last night I spoke to him about his massively cool comeback record in
what was one of the most peculiar interviews that I have ever done. The thing
that impressed me most about the whole thing wasn't that Gary was massively
excited (as a newt) and completely off on one. It was coming up midnight on
Friday for heaven’s sake, and if it wasn't for the fact that I try not to drink
two nights in succession I would probably have been in the same state, but that
both the lyrical content of the whole thing, and the zeitgeist of the interview
as a whole tie in perfectly with the way that my head has been going every since
I read John Higgs’ massively peculiar biography of the KLF last week. Since then
I have been reading about the Discordian movement; I have read Principia
Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger, and am now finally reading Illuminatus! And
– as I discovered many years ago when my old friends Tony “Doc” Shiels and John
Michell took me (both together and separately) on a psychometrical journey which
hatchecked both reality and sanity at the door, Gary’s ranting and rapping about
church, state and money have the Discordian mindset scrawled all over them. Like
Mick Farren and Bill Drummond, he is as mad as a hatter, and completely and
utterly spot on. Even when he was claiming to be either Jesus or a Roman Emperor
(I am not quite sure which), it was a privilege to speak to
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
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