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The pataphysical world of Fred Lane.
March 27, 2007 8:51 AM   Subscribe

I talk to my haircut. The Rev. Dr. Fred Lane was a dada jazzbo as part of the Raudelunas scene in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the 70s and 80s. His real name is T. R. Reed, and he's a creator of wonderful whirligigs. There's also a documentary in the works (careful of your eyes on that page).
posted by sleepy pete (13 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh my god! The Reverend! Wow! This Alabama boy has fond memories of the Raudelenas crazies, and I'm so happy to see this post here! Goodnight!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:02 AM on March 27, 2007


1. I never knew that the word "pataphysical," as heardd in "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," was an actual word.

2. I love the word "jazzbo."

3. Hittite hotshots!

4. Thanks for this glimpse of a person who has concocted an exuberant world to live within. Neat post.
posted by Miko at 9:19 AM on March 27, 2007


I lived in Tuscaloosa for a year, the happiest day of my time there was when the Tide lost to some high school team from Arkansas on opening day. What a nightmare: if you walk down the main street (i.e. where the worst bars in the world are) you get to hear "Sweet Home Alabama" blaring from the unversity gift store 24 hrs.

God please send the big tornado and wipe this place clean.
posted by geos at 9:50 AM on March 27, 2007


'Pataphysics.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:52 AM on March 27, 2007


Cool post. Thanks.

I lived in Tuscaloosa for a year, the happiest day of my time there was when the Tide lost to some high school team from Arkansas on opening day.
posted by geos


Happiest? You must lead a miserable life.
posted by justgary at 10:03 AM on March 27, 2007


Holy Crap. A week or so ago I had "Fun at the Fundus" stuck in my head, so I ordered a copy of the "From the One That Cut You/Car Radio Jerome" European double CD (*spensive* these days). It just came last Friday.

Hivemind, you creep me out sometimes.
posted by oats at 11:45 AM on March 27, 2007


Happiest? You must lead a miserable life.


It was only a year. I've lived places where the only happy time I ever had there was moving away.
posted by Nabubrush at 12:28 PM on March 27, 2007


The artwork on the back of the albums is the best--fake singles the band put out--"Twist, Leathernecks, Twist," ""Fred Lane at the First Baptist Federal Prison," and my personal fave, "Get Outta My Gal."

Here's hoping the Reverend Doctor's actual (?) lost album, "Icepick to the Moon," surfaces someday.

Great post, thanks.
posted by hovercraft at 12:58 PM on March 27, 2007


Someone has a myspace page for Fred Lane that has the fake singles artwork and some songs. Sorry to freak you out, oats. I've been meaning to post about Fred for a few years and just figured today was the day.
posted by sleepy pete at 1:57 PM on March 27, 2007


i love pataphysics even though (and because) i can never adequately explain it to anyone. this is great, thanks for the post.
posted by unknowncommand at 2:17 PM on March 27, 2007


Thanks, sleepy pete. The first link's one of my pages from years ago. Because of the page, most of the original Raudelunas folks got in touch, and through that came the release of Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue on CD.

Craig Nutt (aka Ron 'Pate) is an interesting cove.

Tim ('Fred') and Jeanie's own site is odd-creachter.com.
posted by scruss at 7:18 PM on March 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wow! Thank you very much scruss for your work and for the extra links.
posted by sleepy pete at 9:47 PM on March 27, 2007


No prob, pete, it was a *good* kind of freak-out.
posted by oats at 10:11 AM on March 28, 2007


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