Y. BhekhirstWhile exploring the outsider music category of Wikipedia, I recently found out about a very bizarre, yet somehow inescapably appealing, musician called Y. Bhekhirst (almost certainly not his real name). Sadly, I haven't been able to find a complete copy of his sole, cassette-only album Hot in the Airport -- it's allegedly distributed for download by theorchard.com, but none of their 'digital partners' appear to have it. However, there are several tracks available at unclekrinkly.com.
Until recently, information about Bhekhirst on the Web has been scanty and scattered over several sites. So I was delighted to find that Jonathan Benney has started a Bhekhirst home page that gathers together everything that is known about the man and his music, with the addition of Benney's own very thoughtful observations. I particularly like his summary of Bhekhirst's appeal:
My fascination with Y.'s music is that it is simultaneously addictive and repugnant. It's proof that music of any style or level of competence can be considered "catchy". It is also phenomenally irritating, almost disturbingly bizarre, and remarkably incompetent.
Another good site for information and theories about Bhekhirst is Phil S.'s weblog, Eyes that Can See in the Dark.