My Taste in Terrible Music #5: Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis was a Chicago man who, aged 26, had a psychotic episode and developed paranoid schizophrenia. To help combat his demons, he would play his keyboards and sing songs he had written. (I am not using the term “demons” figuratively; one of the symptoms of Willis’ schizophrenia was that he spoke of his recurring torment at the hands of three demons, named Heartwrecker, Nervewrecker, and Meansucker.) Of the hundreds of songs he wrote, several recurring themes can be identified.

Celebrities he admires, bands he had seen, encounters with superheroes, and, most notably, obscene songs of graphic bestiality (these obscenities were particularly effective at driving away his demons).

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