Wesley Willis' Journal
Sunday, July 19, 2009
1:57PM - rock on, Chicago...
i did it!
last Thursday, i spent a little over an hour standing at the corner of Franklin and Jackson, blasting Wesley Willis from an iPod speaker and holding up a sign christening the Wesley Willis Tower! (for those of you who don't live in Chicago, Thursday was the day on which the name change from Sears Tower to Willis Tower became official.) it was a blast...i got such a range of reactions, and it took far longer than expected for building security to kick me off of the premises.
some people wanted to take my picture--a few asked, more didn't. some were sneaky and took photos from across the street. some stopped in front of me, didn't talk to me, and just took my picture. some people walked by and cheered about how awesome Wesley Willis is, and how he whips the llama's ass. some people got the reference completely wrong, and screamed a hearty "what'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
most people just looked at me with confusion in their eyes.
all in all, i'm so glad i did it. i was really bummed when security kicked me off the premises, although i was completely unsurprised. i'm kind of wondering how they found out, since i didn't see anyone who was clearly a security guy until the guy with a Willis Tower tag walked up to me and told me i needed to go across the street. still, i had a pretty good run of it...i got through twenty-five songs before i had to leave.
and, if just one person saw my sign and googled the name Wesley Willis, i did my job. <3
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
9:53AM - The Wesley Willis Tower
apparently, they're renaming the Sears Tower the Willis Tower.
we need to take it one step further and get everyone to start calling it The Wesley Willis Tower.
Friday, June 3, 2005
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Christmas is a fun time
It is a fun time every December
It is also a joy month
I like this holiday a lot
Christmas is a fun time to get gifts
People stay home for the holidays
They spend time with their children
That's what it is all about
Christmas makes people feel right at home
Christmas gives me harmonization
Christmas is Jesus Christ's birthday
That's what it is all about in the mix
Thursday, December 16, 2004
4:27AM - aww man
cmon I jus t found this community, it cant be this dead!
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
C'mon guys, no one posts in this community anymore. Don't let Wesley's memory die!
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
2:18PM - we_r_borg
We have assimilated this abandoned community. Resistance is futile.
Thursday, December 25, 2003
christmas is a fun time
it is a fun time every december
it is also a joy-ee month
i like this holiday a lot
christmas is a fun time to get gifts
people stay home for the holidays
they spend time with their children
thats what it is all about
christmas makes people feel right at home
christmas gives me harmonisation
christmas is jesus christ's birthday
that is what it is all about in the mix.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Mighty headbutt to those who still hold the rock torch.
I posted part three of my (apparently) ongoing comic strip, "Wesley Willis Kicks Leukemia's Ass", in my journal this mornin'. (Parts one and two appear in earlier posts.)
Folger's, good to the last drop.
Monday, November 3, 2003
I just thought everyone would appreciate it.
I made it the day he died.
Ill miss you
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
that I've met. I saw him perform a couple years back in Springfield Missouri and was simply amazed at his kindness and how wonderful of a person he truly was. I had been a fan for sometime and seeing him was truly a thrill. I will never forget talking with him giving him a headbutt and seeing just how in touch with his fans he was and how much he cared for them. It was a sad day when cancer got the best of him.
Thank you Wes,
I love you like Mrs. Butterworths
Saturday, September 20, 2003
I found this the other day and thought you all might like it. It's an animation of a santa claus singing to Wesley Willis Merry Christmas. While it's a little too early for Xmas songs, it's still fun to watch.
hey everyone. im currently studying abroad in Japan right now and i thought you might find my little discovery today interesting.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
10:20AM - Wesley Willis's Funeral Song
This is a tribute song made By: Chase Willis for Wesley Willis. I made this song how I think he would have wanted it. R.I.P. Now his demons can finally rest.
Rock Over London! Rock on Chicago!
Subway... eat fresh.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
8:41AM - easy listening
Im listening to the Wesley Willis song Shit And Fuck for the first time right now and the music is fucking amazing!
5:19AM - eulogy
I just discovered this community, so yeah, Im new to it. Anyway, Im not really sure if its much interest to anybody, but heres a eulogy type thing that I had posted in my regular livejournal.
yeah. Wesley Willis. Fuck. Ordinarily, I would keep anything cheesy or sappy the fuck out of my livejournal or any of my writing, but Wesley fucking Willis is dead, and I dont know, theres a lot I need to get out, so here goes.
Since I first discovered him, its always been one of my highest goals in life, probably more so than success or fame or money or anything like that, to have Wesley Willis write a song about me. This was the highest honor I can imagine ever being paid to me. My initial reaction to his death was starvation, b/c I was on some heavy mushrooms at the time and wasnt eqipped to take in that kind of information, but later on, after I came down, it hit me, and it hit me fucking hard, that his song about me is never going to be written. Fuck. My Wesley Willis cover band, Wretched Dismemberment, is never going to open for him. I will never play a show w/ him in the audience, figuring out how many people are at the show, waiting to meet me. Fuck.
His amazing music and syle has always been a huge influence on my own music, and has even come up in other projects as well. The celebrity names graffiti, I think, was definitely a direct influence from Wesley. And his music really is just so fucking amazing. Despite the repetition, I never get sick of it, b/c just when Im starting to, hell throw in a song like Cut The Mullet, w/ the fucking bizarre background vocals, or there will be random animal noises or fire truck sirens in the background, or Jesus Is The Answer will come on, w/ the most incredible and hilarious introduction to a song ever.
The first time I met him was at one of his shows in San Francisco. I was living in Santa Cruz at the time, and took a couple buses and a train up to see him, and somehow pulled off actually finding Pound SF. He was sitting in the corner w/ all his merchandise, looking surly as hell and totally unapproachable w/ his headphones on. But I was determined to meet him, and to be headbutted, so I went up to him and told him I loved his music. "You like my music?" "Yeah, I love your music." "You like my music?" "I think its fucking amazing." "You like my music?" "Yeah." He motioned me to get closer to him, and closer and closer, until I was an inch from his face, then he gripped the back of my neck, "Say 'rah'." "Rah!" and he started repeatedly slamming my head into the gigantic bruise on his forehead. "Say 'rowl'." "ROWL!" Most of the headbutts were pretty light, but there were a couple skull-shattering ones that made me woozy. It was awesome. I talked to him a couple more times that night, and the other times when I saw him play, and he would shake my hand for like five minutes, and headbutt me some more, and continue to ask me if I liked his music. He left me w/ a tiny pink bump on my forehead and I was in fucking ecstacy.
Just knowing that a person like him existed in the world was enough to make me happy when I was feeling down. And now hes dead.
Theres a memorial service for him on Wednesday in Chicago, but theres no way I can make it, which sucks, b/c I really want to go.
So yeah, fuck. I dont know what else to say.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
11:51PM - memorial for wesley
I'm not sure who's organizing this, but I just came across this site that has information about a memorial for Wesley this Wednesday (8/27), in Chicago.
Just wanted to pass the information on, if anyone who lives in the area wants to attend.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WESLEY WILLIS 1963-2003
A letter from one of his biggest fans, Jello Biafra:
We lost Wesley Willis some time before 9PM Chicago time August 21, 2003. Word is he died peacefully. The likely cause may be heart failure. Wes had been battling leukemia for less than a year. No services are planned as of yet. There will probably be a memorial concert, or at least a gathering in his honor in Chicago in the near future. We will let you know.
Wesley will go down as one of the most unique songwriters and entertainment personalities in history. His music, lyrics, drawings, insight and the way he put them together are like no one else. Ever. There will never be another.
As I got to know Wes, what really struck me was his sheer will power, his unrelenting drive to succeed and over come his horrifically poor background, child abuse, racism, chronic schizophrenia and obesity among other things. He was the most courageous person I have ever known. Yet through it all he had such a deep, all-encompassing love of life. Little things, big things. He loved bus rides. He loved watching trains. He loved writing songs about how much he loved his friends. He loved travelling to new towns so he could headbutt new friends. Is there any band he saw that escaped being in their own song about how much he loved their show? He was so warm, so sweet, so giving. He could be a handful when he came to visit; but as soon as he left, we'd miss him immediately.
As his long time friend Dennis Cooper said, "No More Demons." The voices in Wesley's head can't yell at him and put him down any more.
Wes was deeply religious. He was afraid that if he died he would no longer get to go see bands play. If there is a hereafter I hope he's right up front as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, his beloved Otis Redding and his dear friend Bradley from Sublime "storm the stage" as the crowd "roars like a sea monster." All opening for Wesley, of course.
It will be hard now that he's gone, but I'm not going to let myself stop enjoying the funny stuff, or the look on people's faces when they first hear "Rock n Roll McDonalds," or the memories of the good times and Wesley's many adventures. He wouldn't want it any other way. There are many down times when all I have to do is think of one of Wes's songs, something he said or simply marvel at his Wesley-isms, and the clouds part and a smile comes to my face. I think he does that for a lot of people. He always will.
Rock over London Rock on Chicago
Sail on, Wes. I love you.
Jello Biafra 8-22-03
RIP Wesley, we love you.
10:58AM - oh no!
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