Wesley Willis

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Wesley Willis (born May 31, 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA – died August 21, 2003, Skokie, Illinois, USA) was an American singer-songwriter from Chicago, known for his simple but unique music, with emphasis on his humorous, bizarre, and sometimes obscene lyrics. A diagnosed chronic schizophrenic, Willis gained an enormous cult following in the 1990s. In addition to his large body of solo musical work, Willis fronted the punk rock band The Wesley Willis Fiasco. He was also a visual artist long before his forays into music, and produced hundreds of intricate, unusual, colored ink-pen drawings, most of them of Chicago streetscapes and CTA buses. On August 21, 2003, at the age of forty, Willis died due to complications from chronic myelogenous leukemia. At the time of his death, he had recorded over 1,000 songs.
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none Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Radiohead — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Radiohead(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Rev. Norb #1 — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Rev. Norb #1(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Reverend Norb No. 2 — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Reverend Norb No. 2(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Prisonshake — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Prisonshake(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-Released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Machine Gun Kelly — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Machine Gun Kelly(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Double Door — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Double Door(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
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none Daren Hacker — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Daren Hacker (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Fireman Rick — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Fireman Rick (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Delilah's — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Delilah's (Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Tammy Smith — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Tammy Smith(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Jason Rau — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Jason Rau(CD, Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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FUS 1071-2 Wesley Willis — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Wesley Willis(CD) Fuse Records (4) FUS 1071-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Dr. Wax — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Dr. Wax(CD, Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Atomic Records — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Atomic Records(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1995 Sell This Version
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CD1995WW Rock Power — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Rock Power(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) CD1995WW US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Drag Disharmony Hell Ride — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Drag Disharmony Hell Ride (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
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74321422752 Feel The Power — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Feel The Power (Album) American Recordings 74321422752 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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2-43091-A Fabian Road Warrior — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Fabian Road Warrior (Album) American Recordings 2-43091-A US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 1 — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 1(CD, Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
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80030-2 Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 3 — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 3(CD, Album) Typhoid Mary 80030-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Metal Clink Punishment Jail — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Metal Clink Punishment Jail(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none 1996 Sell This Version
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CD1996 New York, New York — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis New York, New York(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) CD1996 US 1996 Sell This Version
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FUS 1079-2 Black Light Diner — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Black Light Diner(CD) Fuse Records (4) FUS 1079-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 2 — Wesley Willis Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 2(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1996 Sell This Version

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GizzGator97

GizzGator97

July 22, 2020
Rock over London, Rock on, Chicago. Wheaties® Breakfast of Champions™.
hornbuckle

hornbuckle

December 3, 2013
FYI Greatest Hits Volume 3 is not missing; it is here: Wesley Willis & The Dragnews* - Greatest Hits Volume 3.
richardthere

richardthere

December 14, 2012
edited over 10 years ago
He makes my life livable.
mdgio

mdgio

January 31, 2012
Wesley Willis is still big in Hamburg, Germany.
phazorslut

phazorslut

June 9, 2010
I can't believe no one has commented on Wesley Willis but then, what is there to say? I had the fortune of living in a hostel where he lived when I moved to Chicago in '98, and I have a few remotely entertaining Wesley stories. As time marches on, though, what I'm left with is a genuine appreciation of his spirit. I don't think anyone who has ever bought a CD or poster from him or got the infamous head-butt can say they haven't been in some way affected by his child-like spirit. I was fortunate enough to see him almost on a daily basis for a couple of months at a very strange and uncertain time in my life. Obviously, there was another side (or three) to Wesley, but if I could only remember to put on something like his rendition of "Girls On Film" whenever I get "in a mood", life would be much easier. We could all learn a little something from Wesley...there may be demons yelling at you, but there is always another harmony joy bus ride around the corner. Rock over London, Rock on Chicago...

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