Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis

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Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) 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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Wesley Willis Discography

Albums

none Wesley Willis Radiohead(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Prisonshake(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-Released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Machine Gun Kelly(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Double Door(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Daren Hacker (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Fireman Rick (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Delilah's (Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1995 Sell This Version
FUS 1071-2 Wesley Willis Wesley Willis(CD) Fuse Records (4) FUS 1071-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Dr. Wax(CD, Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Atomic Records(CD, Album) Ghetto Love Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Drag Disharmony Hell Ride (Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
OGL 80002-2 Wesley Willis Rock 'N' Roll Will Never Die (Album) Oglio Records OGL 80002-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
74321422752 Wesley Willis Feel The Power (Album) American Recordings 74321422752 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
2-43091-A Wesley Willis Fabian Road Warrior (Album) American Recordings 2-43091-A US 1994 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 1(CD, Album) Wesley Willis Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
80030-2 Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 3(CD, Album) Typhoid Mary 80030-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
FUS 1079-2 Wesley Willis Black Light Diner(CD) Fuse Records (4) FUS 1079-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis Mr. Magoo Goes To Jail Vol. 2(CD, Album) Not On Label (Wesley Willis Self-released) none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Wesley Willis SMD Promotions(CD, Album) Fuse Records (4) none US 1998 Sell This Version
VIRUS251LP Wesley Willis Rush Hour (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS251LP US 1999 Sell This Version

Compilations

VIRUS 164 Wesley Willis Greatest Hits (Comp) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 164 US 1995 Sell This Version
VIRUS 227 Wesley Willis Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Comp, EP) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 227 US 1999 Sell This Version

Videos

DR-4353 Wesley Willis The Daddy Of Rock'n'Roll Music Video Distributors DR-4353 US 2002 Sell This Version
MVDV4927 Wesley Willis Wesley Willis's Joy Rides(DVD-V, NTSC) MVD Visual MVDV4927 US 2009 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Wesley Willis Fran Aliberte & Jody Raithel(Cass, S/Sided, Promo) American Recordings none US Unknown Sell This Version

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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 3 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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