charlie nothing Outside / Inside (LP, £6.50)label: De Stijl
Charlie Nothing was the fractured-psyche pseudonym of author, father, horsekeeper, organic farmer, beekeeper, philosopher and clown Charles Martin Simon, inventor of the dingulator (guitar sculptures made out the metal from American cars). Charlie's only visible offering to the record buying public was really anything but. Due to its rarity, "The Psychedelic Saxophone of Charlie Nothing", issued by Takoma Records in 1967, has been a source of consternation for in-the-know types for years. "Outside/Inside", the second and only other Charlie Nothing LP, originally issued by Everitt Enterprises, thematically follows with two side-long flute-based instrumentals. Nowhere on wax will you find a more palpable preserved air of a real-time dropout scene than with these sides. It is a wonder that these records circulated at all outside the vacuum in which they were created. Nothingness, with California existentiality looping back on itself, preserved and disseminated as evidence. There are indeed very few records like these.
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