Last week, Kim Fowley -- perhaps the most notorious, morally ambiguous, calculatedly outrageous, oddly likable producer/hustler in music history -- passed away after a long illness. Appropriately enough, the Internet has since exploded with Fowley tributes. If all he had done was write "Bubblegum" (made famous by Sonic Youth), produce the Modern Lovers' early demos and help put together the Runaways, that alone would represent a life worthy of tribute. But Fowley made thousands of recordings over his half-century career, and many have been forgotten.
Wikipedia / Jean-Daniel Pauget RIP Kim Fowley
For example, there was the brief moment in 1985 when Fowley worked with Texas singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, even financing his first studio recordings.More »