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Gary Wilson emerged from New York’s DIY movement with 1977′s proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go. Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.
In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary’s small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes Beck, who shouts him out in “Where It’s At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)”, The Roots, Questlove, Simpsons creator Matt Goening, and of course, Stones Throws Peanut Butter Wolf.