• tangela tricoli Jet Lady (CD, £11.25)

    label: Arf! Arf!

    In 1982, Hollywood native Tangela Tricoli felt divine inspiration to record an album's worth of offbeat original songs. Two decades later, Jet Lady has become a bona fide music pillar in the pantheon of Outsider music and a highly coveted desert island disc for those sailing the eighth sea. Musically, Tangela's growing reputation among Outsider aficionados is in the ozone with Lucia Pamela, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy and the Shaggs. Paradoxically this left/right brain individual is also the top ranked female pilot for the world's largest airline and the first woman to be licensed to fly a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Tangela has also improved Einstein's Theory of Relativity (!) and a treatise explaining the details is forthcoming. This 17-track reissue contains her eccentric album, alternate versions, bonus tracks and a 2003 remake of "Stinky Poodle" that features her extended family. The massive 40-page booklet is overflowing with photos, a foreword by Irwin Chusid (author of Songs in The Key Of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music), plus an extensive interview by Erik Lindgren. In addition, the CD includes a full hour of quick time video with vintage highlights from her irreverent talk show, footage of Tangela "unplugged," plus four TV commercials when she ran for Mayor of LA.

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