Tag Archives: 1956

RIP Hal Willner (1956 – 2020)

Hal Willner was an American music producer and facilitator.

In my book Willner is primarily noted for his album Dead City Radio (1990), a spoken word album of William S. Burroughs recitations.

 Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road (2007) the interview with Willner on the making of Dead City Radio is at 1:07:40 and the recording of of a “Thanksgiving Prayer” is at 1:11:23.

I cannot remember if it was Gus Van Sant’s video “A Thanksgiving Prayer” (1991) or his film Drugstore Cowboy (1989) which visually introduced me to Burroughs.

Today, I learn that “A Thanksgiving Prayer” was a promotional video to Dead City Radio.

In the documentary Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road (2007) there is an interview with Willner on the making of Dead City Radio at 1:07:40 and the recording of of a “Thanksgiving Prayer” is at 1:11:23, sadly without the Gus Van Sant footage.

RIP Andy ‘gang of four’ Gill (1956 – 2020)

Andy Gill was a British musician famous for his work with Gang of Four.

“Damaged Goods” (1978)

Compositions of note are “I Love A Man In A Uniform” (1982) featured on the compilation Various – 80’s Underground Clubbing and “Damaged Goods” (1978) featured on the compilation How to Kill the DJ part 2.

Needless to say, these compilations are more interesting than the full albums of Gang of Four.

Trivia: the opening sequence of the track “What We All Want” (1981) is reminiscent of “Play That Funky Music (1976).”