May 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment · By

Dashiell Hedayat // Obsolete (1971)

In the 90s in Paris, Radio Nova was the most innovative and underground radio station there was.  Techno, jungle and Drum & Bass saturated their air waves, but you could also hear more enigmatic titles like Dashiell Hedayat‘s “Chrysler” (’71) which actually became a ‘Radio Nova hit’.

Dashiell Hedayat (who passed away last year) was a strange cat. After an obscure first album, he delivered “Obsolete” in ’71. Accompanied by members of the group Gong (Daevid Allen), he made the Velvet Underground look like Puritans as he dug into deep recesses of a debauched life with a predilection for drugs, sex and any kind of deviation you could think of.  Today he is more remembered for his writing, his novels, and his music was concluded by this bizarre concoction in which you hear William Burroughs as well as the son of one of my heroes, Robert Wyatt.



Ed. Note: Melody Supreme, located at 115 4th St. SE off the Downtown Mall, is Charlottesville’s best record store. The owner Gwen Berthy has impeccable taste and a curatorial hunger matched by few. One of my favorite parts of the store is Gwen’s handwritten notes on records. Le DISQUE DU LUNDI is Gwen’s online version of those recommendation gems–posted on Nailgun and available for purchase at Melody Supreme.

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  • 1 Great Dad // May 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    So good. More of this please.