You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story

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1h 12m | Documentary


25 years ago, thanks to a jazz-musician dad, a teen-age encounter with the composer John Cage, and a personality inclined toward strange habits (rolling in flour and magnetic recording tape, for example), Gary Wilson emerged from his parents' basement in Endicott NY with a home-recorded album, "You Think You Really Know Me" that went on to become a highly influential and revolutionary vanity effort.

Wilson's funky keyboards, creepy effects and cheesy fills (described as "Steely Dan on crack") inspired everyone from Beck to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, but his career never took off, and he ended up playing lounge music and working in a pornographic bookstore.

The doc features a surprising amassment of archival footage, and follows Motel Records' 6-year search for the elusive musician and their efforts to get him the credit he deserves as a pivotal component of outsider rock. (New Yorker Magazine)

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