Welcome!

By registering with us, you'll be able to discuss, share and private message with other members of our community.

  1. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum...
    You are currently logged out and viewing our forum as a guest which only allows limited access to our discussions, photos and other forum features. If you are a 12ozProphet Member please login to get the full experience.

    If you are not a 12ozProphet Member, please take a moment to register to gain full access to our website and all of its features. As a 12ozProphet Member you will be able to post comments, start discussions, communicate privately with other members and access members-only content. Registration is fast, simple and free, so join today and be a part of the largest and longest running Graffiti, Art, Style & Culture forum online.

    Please note, if you are a 12ozProphet Member and are locked out of your account, you can recover your account using the 'lost password' link in the login form. If you no longer have access to the email you registered with, please email us at [email protected] and we'll help you recover your account. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum (and don't forget to follow @12ozprophet in Instagram)!

wesley willis RIP

Discussion in 'Rest In Peace' started by otto dix, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. otto dix

    otto dix Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 22, 2001 Messages: 5,321 Likes Received: 4
    not really feeling this dude's death, lets hear some stories, your favorite songs, etc. RIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Dear Friends and fellow Wesleynauts,

    We are deeply saddened to report that Wesley Willis passed away yesterday, Thursday, August 21st. Wesley will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know him, as well as the fans who have been fortunate enough to experience his genius.

    Wesley was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) at the end of 2002, and had to undergo emergency surgery on June 2nd to identify the source of, and to suppress internal bleeding. It is not clear if this bleeding was related to his leukemia or not, and the exact cause of death is still unknown. Wesley had been recovering at a Hospice in Illinois, and since the surgery his health had deteriorated rapidly.

    His songs were simultaneously disturbing, hilarious, blunt, and intoxicating. Wesley's sheer excitement and unaffected honesty about every cultural phenomenon, defined his music as truly individual, and truly punk rock.

    Wesley released well over 50 albums - 3 of which are on Alternative Tentacles, and a 4th, entitled, Wesley Willis Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (CD) had already been scheduled for release in October of this year.

    For more information on Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, please visit http://leukemia-lymphoma.org .

    Currently there are no plans for any funeral service but we will inform you if there will be.
     
  2. otto dix

    otto dix Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 22, 2001 Messages: 5,321 Likes Received: 4
  3. otto dix

    otto dix Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 22, 2001 Messages: 5,321 Likes Received: 4
  4. hotbudda

    hotbudda New Jack

    Joined: Apr 26, 2003 Messages: 83 Likes Received: 0
    Rock over london

    Rock on Chicago




    BIG WESLEY PIMP OF THA YEAR
     
  5. deadasdreams

    deadasdreams Member

    Joined: Apr 18, 2003 Messages: 486 Likes Received: 0
    i saw wesley play a few times.entertaining but annoying at the same time.i got a bruise on my head from his infamous headbutts.




    here an interveiw one of my friends did with him a few years back.

    By Victor Vazquez

    Roughly 40 people crowded into Axis Records, a small, independent record shop in Alameda, California. Who were they waiting to see? None other than Wesley Willis, rock and roll's crazy uncle… And who's that? Wesley Willis is a six-foot, 300-pound schizophrenic homeless man with a Casio keyboard who's penned such classics as "Rock and Roll McDonald's", "Jesus is the Answer," and "Cut the Mullet."

    The majority of Wesley Willis' songs follow a time-tested formula: Take a subject and talk about it for a while, then yell the title of the song over and over and then talk some more and yell a little more and then do a keyboard "solo" meaning hit the same three keys in succession over and over for roughly a minute.

    The simplicity of the music is reminiscent of punk rock. In fact, Wesley is signed to the punk label Alternative Tentacles, owned by Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the legendary Dead Kennedys. Wesley has played some pretty big tickets, opening for bands like the Blue Meanies and Sublime, to name a couple. His discography is enormous, and difficult to track. It includes dozens of CDs, two greatest hits albums, and numerous independently produced tapes and live bootlegs.

    At the performance, diehard fans shouted along with the choruses and requested songs while people who weren't familiar with Wesley looked on with either confused amusement or pity, or sometimes a mixture of both.

    Wesley Willis is what some pretentious artist types call a "savant" or an "outsider artist," a label for social deviants — mainly mental patients — who create art. Though not much of a musician, Wesley is a talented artist. He does marker renditions of urban scenes from his hometown in Chicago. The scenes are drawn in the quality of an architect's sketch, with an incredible perception of depth, including details like the numbers on buses and the advertisements on billboards.

    Outsider art has become increasingly popular in modern art because it's so "raw" and doesn't mimic or follow trends. Though it is an interesting idea, outsider art tends to be condescending. Just because an artist didn't go to art school and has an unorthodox style, they're marketed as "outsiders," their art seen more as like a train wreck than a piece of self-expression.

    It's easy to take Wesley at face value, but there's something else behind his eccentric behaviors and his strange, and at times nonsensical, lyrics. There is a creative, unaffected man with the heart of a child. He is blissfully unaware of the amount of condescension some fans have towards him, and the pity others have for him. All that matters to him is that he's playing music and people are listening to him.

    Wesley Willis is a rockstar. He doesn't give a damn about what people think about him, he doesn't care if he spills potato chips on his sweatshirt, he doesn't care that many people don't take him seriously. All he wants to do is scream profanely about bestiality and Big Macs and give head butts.

    14 Questions with Wesley Willis

    Youth In Control: So, how long have you been doing music?

    Wesley Willis: I been doing music for 14 years.

    YIC: 14 years, that's pretty impressive. Do you consider yourself famous?

    WW: Yeah...

    YIC: What's the weirdest thing that's ever happened on a tour?

    WW: Not a thing.

    YIC: Tours are boring for you?

    WW: Tour's okay.

    YIC: In your opinion, what is the worst band ever?

    WW: The Backstreet Boys

    YIC: What about Eminem, what's your view on him?

    WW: Eminem's bad.

    YIC: Bad as in bad or bad as in good?

    WW: Eminem sucks.

    YIC: So what's the best band ever then?

    WW: Hootie and the Blowfish

    YIC: So, musically, you're inspired by blues and rock?

    WW: I'm inspired by rock, heavy metal, death metal, thrash metal, and all that s——.

    YIC: You've played at places like the Gilman and other various punk places, so what's your favorite venue?

    WW: The Gilman.

    YIC: Why's that?

    WW: I like it a lot, I like it a lot.

    YIC: What's your favorite song you play?

    WW: "I Whupped Batman's Ass."

    YIC: How come you didn't play it today?

    WW: I didn't want to.

    YIC: Okay, is there anything else you want to add?

    WW: Rock and roll will never die!



    —Victor Vazquez hasn't worn tightie whities since fifth grade.

    http://youthradio.org/music/images/wesley1.jpg'>
    [img]http://youthradio.org/music/images/wesley2.jpg'>
     
  6. ed applebee

    ed applebee Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 4, 2003 Messages: 225 Likes Received: 0
    MCDONALDS IS A GOOD PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC!!!!!!!
    IM ROCKING THAT SONG AS WE SPEAK
    A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, SOME FRIENDS AND I SAW HIM PLAY AND MY ONE FRIEND HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE INFAMOUS HEADBUTTING. SO IS A VERY LOVELY LADY, SO WE CONVINCED HER TO GO UP AND TALK TO WESELY, 6 HEADBUTTS LATER, WE HAD TO TAKE HER HOME AND ICE HER FOREHEAD AND CLEAN UP HER NOSE, HE MISSED ON THE LAST HEADBUTT. GOOD TIMES. REST IN PEACE WESELY.
     
  7. CRAMPS

    CRAMPS Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 6, 2003 Messages: 1,600 Likes Received: 0
    R.I.P.






    http://www.mangydog.com/mk9/images/best_picture_ever.jpg'>
    gary and david give a thumbs up to the pimp, pimp wesley.
     
  8. retard

    retard Member

    Joined: Nov 20, 2001 Messages: 807 Likes Received: 0
    most talented musician ever.

    whats up drunk? lost touch.
     
  9. toxikbeast

    toxikbeast New Jack

    Joined: Sep 6, 2003 Messages: 24 Likes Received: 0
    rock over london, rock on chicago...

    rip brotha
     
  10. Jason231

    Jason231 New Jack

    Joined: Jun 18, 2003 Messages: 23 Likes Received: 0
    Oh no. Damn. Wesley rocked. I liked his song "Morbid Angel", and "Bolt Thrower". GUy was coooooooooooool.
     
  11. KiSe

    KiSe Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 18, 2003 Messages: 1,354 Likes Received: 0
    wesley willis was crazy like a road lizzard, too bad

    RIP wesley!
     
  12. seen it all

    seen it all Member

    Joined: Sep 16, 2003 Messages: 656 Likes Received: 1
    thank god he made i whooped batmans ass!!
    RIP. that sucks:(
     
  13. jenoz

    jenoz Member

    Joined: Sep 22, 2003 Messages: 431 Likes Received: 0
    bat man was an asshole any ways he got knocked to the fuckin ground
     
  14. soneMILWwi

    soneMILWwi Guest

     
  15. shitmop-1$

    shitmop-1$ Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2002 Messages: 1,728 Likes Received: 0
Top