Gary Wilson at The Silent Movie Theatre
A couple weeks ago, Gary Wilson , the subject of the documentary “You Think You Really Know Me – The Gary Wilson Story” performed songs from his obscure masterpiece album “You Think You Really Know Me” after the screening of the film.
In 1977, Gary Wilson recorded his brilliantly bizarre debut album in the basement of his parents’ house in Endicott, New York. Then, Wilson disappeared. Fans of his music were unable to locate him. Filmmaker Michael Wolk in 2002 set out to find Wilson whose esoteric album became a sought after gem for obsessive record collectors and musicians. The film chronicles the search and discovery of Wilson.
And Wilson’s music? “You Think You Really Know Me” is a beautifully strange personal work that sails the horizons of avant garde, robot Fluxus funk, chromium pop, performance art and abstract cosmic lounge. It’s music that doesn’t sound like it was recorded in the 70s or even on this planet. However, even in its remote abstractions, Wilson’s songs possess an accessible humor and angular originality that leaves most first-time listeners awestruck. Wolk’s film is an endearing journey that pieces Wilson’s history, his art and his uniqueness.