Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe Of Outsider Music (2000)

Volume One
  1. The Shaggs – Philosophy Of The World, 2:53
  2. Daniel Johnston – Walking The Cow, 3:32
  3. Lucia Pamela – Walking On The Moon, 3:05
  4. Peter Grudzien – Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere, 2:33
  5. Jack Mudurian – Downloading The Repertoire (Excerpt), 3:31
  6. Shooby Taylor – Stout-Hearted Men, 2:44
  7. B.J. Snowden – In Canada, 3:27
  8. Eilert Pilarm – Jailhouse Rock, 2:27
  9. Unknown Artist – Virgin Child Of The Universe, 2:30
  10. Wesley Willis – Rock N' Roll McDonald's, 2:21
  11. Joe Meek – Telstar (Rough Demo), 2:23
  12. Sri Darwin Gross – At The Grass Roots, 2:55
  13. Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker – Cousin Mosquito #1, 3:28
  14. Luie Luie – El Touchy, 4:06
  15. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy – Standing In A Trash Can (Thinking About You), 2:13
  16. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band – Vampire Suite, 3:35
  17. Arcesia – Butterfly Mind, 2:49
  18. Jandek – They Told Me I Was A Fool, 5:04
  19. "Dusty Roads" Rowe – Baby, Your Love's In Town, 3:45
  20. Tiny Tim With Miss Sue – True Love, 2:41
  21. Irwin Chuid reads, "The Legendary Stardust Cowboy"

Volume Two
  1. Shooby Taylor, Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing
  2. Bingo Gazingo & My Robot Friend, You're Out Of The Computer
  3. B.J. Snowden, America
  4. Alvin Dahn, You're Driving Me Mad
  5. Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker, Cousin Mosquito, No. 2
  6. The Space Lady, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
  7. Luie Luie, Touch Of Light
  8. Unknown Artist, Curly Toes 2:54
  9. Eddie Murray, Stepping High Dance
  10. Dick Kent, Five Feet Nine And A Half Inches Tall
  11. Gary Mullis, Recitation About Roy Acuff
  12. Wayne, Deep Bosom Woman
  13. Bob Vido, High Speed
  14. Thoth, The Herma, Scene 5: Recitation/An
  15. Tangela Tricoli, Jet Lady
  16. Buddy Max, The Birthmark Story
  17. Mark Kennis, Heart Of The Heartland

Songs in the Key of Z is a book and two compilation albums written and compiled by Irwin Chusid. The book and albums explore the field of what Chusid coined as "outsider music". Chusid defines outsider music as; "crackpot and visionary music, where all trails lead essentially one place: over the edge." Chusid's work has brought the music of several leading performers in the outsider genre to wider attention. These include Daniel Johnston, Joe Meek, Jandek and Wesley Willis. In addition, his CDs feature some recordings by artists who produced very little work but placed their recordings firmly in the outsider area. Notable amongst these are nursing home resident Jack Mudurian who sings snatches of several dozen songs in a garbled collection known as Downloading the Repertoire and the obscure and extreme scat singer Shooby Taylor AKA 'The Human Horn.

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