Wild Man Fischer

Wild Man Fischer

Real Name:
Lawrence Wayne Fischer
American songwriter, November 6, 1944 - June 15, 2011.

Wild Man Fischer Discography Tracks


Wild Man Fischer An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records, Bizarre Records, Reprise Records, Bizarre Records, Reprise Records Canada 1969 Sell This Version
Wild Man Fischer Wildmania (Album) Rhino Records (2) US 1977 Sell This Version
Wild Man Fischer Pronounced Normal (Album) Rhino Records (2) US 1981 Sell This Version
Wild Man Fischer Nothing Scary (Album) Rhino Records (2) US 1984 Sell This Version
BMR-020 Wild Man Fisher* and Smegma Wild Man Fisher* and Smegma - Sing Popular Songs(LP) Birdman Records BMR-020 US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Wild Man Fischer The Circle / Merry-Go-Round (Single) Reprise Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Wild Man Fischer / The Plastic Rhino Band Wild Man Fischer / The Plastic Rhino Band - Go To Rhino Records / Rhino, The Place To Go (Single) Rhino Records (2) US 1975 Sell This Version
RNPR-11609 Gefilte Joe*, KGB Chicken, Fred Blassie and Wild Man Fischer Gefilte Joe*, KGB Chicken, Fred Blassie and Wild Man Fischer - The Rhino Interview Record(7", EP) Rhino Records (2) RNPR-11609 US 1979 Sell This Version
RNOR 009 Wild Man Fischer Don't Be A Singer(7", Single) Rhino Records (2) RNOR 009 US 1981 Sell This Version
ATC-3 Wild Man Fischer Larry Comes Alive(7", EP) A.T.C. Records ATC-3 US 1981 Sell This Version


First-1 Wildman Fischer*, The Mohawk Brothers*, The Ragnar Kvaran Group*, Tulsa City Truckers Wildman Fischer*, The Mohawk Brothers*, The Ragnar Kvaran Group*, Tulsa City Truckers - The First One(7", EP, Comp, Num, Promo) A.T.C. Records First-1 US 1981 Sell This Version
RHM2 7701 Wild Man Fischer The Fischer King(2xCD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Rhino Handmade RHM2 7701 US 1999 Sell This Version

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May 13, 2013
A short bio of Wild Man Fischer: Born 11/6/1944, he was one of several children, and even as a child, his family knew 'something was different' about Larry - especially since he spent most of his time in his room, singing to himself. While not known at the time, he was eventually diagnosed with manic-depressive and schizophrenia. After trying to attack his mother with a knife as a teenager, he was sent to various mental institutions until his late teens. When he was released from the institution, he began singing songs he wrote on the streets of CA for a nickel (or a dime) a piece. Part of the LA 'freak' scene, Frank Zappa became interested in Larry, and decided to record his story and songs onto tape. "An Evening With Wild Man Fischer", the result of Zappa's recordings, came out in 1969. The double-album set is, in a way, Zappa's ethnomusicological look at documenting WMF's story, songs and whatever else Larry did on tape. Partly recorded in the studio (generally these tracks, w/the Mothers of Invention backing Larry, are considered to be the strongest stuff on the set - it's no surprise that these studio cuts were the ones used as 45s from the LP), partly on the street (or 'on location' as one could say), and partly recorded with other people (there's a segment with Kim Fowley and Rodney Bingenheimer)., the album actually sold a fair amount for a double-LP set by a paranoid schizophrenic who most would agree couldn't hold a tune.

Here's where Larry 'delusions of grandeur' kick in. Larry thought the album would be HUGE, and make him super-famous. While he did get some high profile gigs, including an appearance on Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In" TV show, the novelty wore off for most people, and he soon faded back into the LA 'freak' and underground scene. Another factor that contributed to Larry's lack of success was his relationship with Zappa, which soon soured after Larry was accused of throwing a jar (or some projectile) at baby Moon Unit. That was the end of his friendship with Zappa, and essentially, the buying public, since Zappa was Larry's 'meal ticket'.

WMF spent the 70's doing odd jobs; he did manage to record with CA experimental band Smegma, and also has an EP of live recordings ("Larry Comes Alive") issued in 1981. But by far the biggest success WMF had in the late 1970s was his relationship with Rhino Records, which then was just a record store in the Los Angeles-area that Larry would hang out at. As luck would have it, Larry became the first artist signed to Rhino 'the label', and recorded the A-side to the first Rhino release, a 45 titled "Go To Rhino Records". Soon after, he recorded the first Rhino LP, titled "Wildmania". Produced by Harold Bronson & Richard Foos (the founders of Rhino the store & the label), it followed in the footsteps of Larry's debut, featuring him performing in public for passerby's.

After the release of "Wildmania", Larry was introduced to Barnes & Barnes, a novelty-rock duo who became Larry's official 'unofficial' producers; they produced & recorded with Larry for the rest of his studio releases (1981's "Pronounced Normal" & 1984's "Nothing Scary" LPs). Their studio proficiency greatly benefited Larry, and their work with him ranks as some of his best and most interesting recordings.

After 1984, Larry essentially stopped recording, bar a strange duet w/Rosemary Clooney and a few odd one-offs. By the 1990s, he was living hand-to-hand, often staying with relatives or in cheap motels paid for by fans or friends. Then in the 2000's, the Ubin Twinz, a pair of filmmakers, began filming a documentary on Larry, which several years later, was released as "Derailroaded". A sad, but interesting look at WMF and his life and career, the film gets progressively sadder as it nears the end, until the film ends with the viewers being told that Larry is now living at an adult care center, and has 'lost the pep', a/k/a the ability to sing and perform. It was around this time (2006), that Larry gave his last documented performance. Sadly, Larry "Wild Man" Fischer passed away 6/15/2011.

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