Gary Wilson ‎– You Think You Really Know Me

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MCM (3) ‎– 7042N11
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Vinyl, LP, Album
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Tracklist

A1 Another Time I Could Have Loved You
A2 You Keep On Looking
A3 6.4 = Make Out
A4 When You Walk Into My Dreams
A5 Loneliness
A6 Cindy
B1 You Were Too Good To Be True
B2 Groovy Girls Make Love At The Beach
B3 I Wanna Lose Control
B4 You Think You Really Know Me
B5 Chromium Bitch
B6 And Then I Kissed Your Lips

Notes

300 copies initially (then another 300 after those sold out, which were identical) Black & white sleeve, with photo insert and lyric insert and inner sleeve

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freek_kinkelaar

September 18, 2017
In 1969, at the tender age of 14, Gary Wilson was invited into the house of legendary avant-garde composer John Cage where, during Wilson’s visit of several days, they discussed music. That may sound amazing, but by that age, Wilson was already a musical veteran playing double bass and experimenting with tape recorders in his parents’ basement. One year previously Wilson had released his first single Move On with the band Lord Fuzz subsequently securing an opening act for the 1910 Fruitgum Company. In 1974 he recorded Another Galaxy, a jazz album under the name of The Gary Wilson Trio before releasing his proper first solo single Dream(s) in 1975. Comfortable with playing jazz, funk and lounge (as had his father), Wilson recorded his debut solo album Do You Think You Really Know Me accompanied by his backing band The Blind Dates the following year. When listening to DYTYRKM’s smooth and professional sound you would not expect that Wilson’s live performances at the time had already passed into legend: it wasn’t unusual for the band to tape themselves up in duct tape whilst covering each other with fake blood and lots of flour and milk during staged stage fights and consequently often getting the power cut in order to get them off stage. DYTYRKM was released privately by Wilson in two editions: 300 copies were pressed in 1977 and further 300 when the first edition had sold out. DYTYRKM’s music is outlandishly funky lounge, with added tense teenage angst and lyrics about, well, about Wilson’s many girlfriends. His pre-adolescent dreams about Kathy, Cindy and Karen are immortalized in now legendary oddball songs such as 6.4=Make Out and Chromium Bitch. When the album disappeared without a trace, Wilson did as the same and it wasn’t until the mid 90s that he returned from his self-chosen exile releasing a steady stream of albums since. The impact of a first listen to DYTRYKM is an experience not matched by many other albums. It’s been re-released a few times now, as finding an original can be as tough as fixing a date with Cindy. Or Kathy. Or Karen.