“Thirty years of punk rock history layered with Japanese anime frosted with the mainstreaming of outsider music = the headbanging genius of Osaka Popstar. No one else should follow this formula because it can’t be done better, or louder, or with more panache.”
– Irwin Chusid (WFMU DJ; author, Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music)
WFMU’s Irwin Chusid presents “genre-surfing tokenism” from 12 – 2 pm…what’s that you ask? Probably one of the coolest, most unusual experiences in radio where there are no boundaries, outsiders are insiders and insiders are…well…confused!
On May 31st John mixed it up live in the studio with Irwin from 1 – 2pm EST. In an interesting twist, Irwin’s gave John free reign for the hour to pick a special blend of punk and outsider tunes he’d like to share with WFMU’s listeners. In between that, Irwin and John discussed Osaka Popstar in detail and played cuts off the new album. The show aired live on Wednesday, May 31st on 91.1 FM (NJ and NYC metro area) and 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley region).
You can hear the entire show (exactly as it aired live) online at WFMU.org. Click here for the full playlist and the entire show archived in your choice of streaming MP3 or RealAudio. Check the playlist and note that John begins midway into the show (at the 1pm hour).
John is a longtime WFMU listener and admits to being musically schooled by WFMU’s free-form offerings. In addition to being a WFMU Radio personality, Irwin Chusid is a respected Author, Producer, Music Historian and journalist having written for The New York Times, Mojo, New York Press, and many other publications.
The unsuspecting DJ (who’s book “Songs in the Key of Z” includes profiles of outsider artists Daniel Johnston & The Kids of Widney High) received an advance copy the new Osaka Popstar CD a week before the release with no explanation whatsoever.
Irwin informs: “Had no idea why the OP CD was sent to me. I get a lot of crap dropped into the mailbox, and when I first saw the sleeve, assumed it was a mistake. I gave it a listen at home while fixing dinner, and without realizing the first song was Daniel’s, found myself mesmerized by the recording. Song after song, it just got better. I was a fan by the time “Man of Constant Sorrow” ended.”
Later that week, Irwin debuted 4 tracks from the Osaka Popstar CD on his radio show: “I rarely play an artist more than once in a program, but sometimes I make exceptions… in exceptional cases.”
Click Here to listen to the archive of Irwin’s May 17th show which includes the original Kids of Widney High version of the song “Insects” back to back with the Osaka Popstar’s cover version plus 3 more OP tracks, Irwin’s comments on the new OP CD he’d just discovered and many rare gems you’d likely never hear anywhere else. You can learn more about Irwin Chusid and his projects via his webpage at WFMU and his Outsider Music website KeyofZ.com.
Click here for the online archive of Irwin’s May 31st show with live in studio guest; John Cafiero appearing for an interview and programming the music midway into the show.