"There's supposed to be a last photograph of him on
the only record album ever put out by The Fool, an English rock group -- seven musicians
posed, in the arrogant style of the early Stones, near an old rocket-bomb site, out in the
East End, or South of the River. It is spring, and French thyme blossoms in amazing white
lacework across the cape of green that now hides and softens the true shape of the old
rubble. There is no way to tell which of the faces is Slothrop's: the only printed credit
that might apply to him is 'Harmonica, kazoo -- a friend.' But knowing his Tarot, we would
expect to look among the Humility, among the grey and preterite souls, to look for him
adrift in the hostile light of the sky, the darkness of the sea. . . ."
Pynchonian Influences in Music
Pynchon, so fond of the
Kazoo, has had some small effect on the music scene since the 60's. The nature of this
effect has been analysed by Steven Moore in "Pynchon on Record" ("Pynchon
Notes", 10 , 56-57) and also by Dr Larry Daw in "More on Pynchon on
Record" ("Pynchon Notes", 12 , 46-47).
Collected below are some odd
Pynchon references, allusions, inspirations or collaborations found in the Harmonium
Mundi. They are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Clicking on an a name will
take you to the artist's page on SL, where you can find out more about their Pynchon
connection, read lyrics, and even order CDs online. A Call to Arms! The
following is a call to all lovers of alternative music: send any further information you
have on bands and/or music influenced by Thomas Pynchon to Spermatikos Logos, care of Dr Larry Daw. We will be in your debt forever!
Famous New York performance artist Laurie Anderson
dedicated a song to Pynchon on her Mister
Believe it or not, she named a final album Gravity's
English hard rockers from Liverpool, they took
their name from a character in V.
Reggae influenced artist putting Pynchon's lyrics
An avant garde German group used Gravity's
Rainbow to tell a different tale.
The man who was the infamous stand-in
for Thomas Ruggles Pynchon.
They recorded Maxwell's Demon Box on
their album, Days Between Stations.
Another rendition of music devoted to the
Demon, and much more.
An long-time friend of Pynchon, this folkie named
an instrumental work after a Pynchon novel.
A New Jersey band sets a selection from V.
to music on their album Color Out of Space
Surely not Slothrop's band, this was a short lived
group which did, in fact, have a harmonica player.
Independent, highly experimental rockers and Pynchon
fans from the American South.
An instrumental pair with a piece called The Kirghiz
An early 90's band influenced by Pynchon, they
named a song Roger Mexico.
This jazzy, psychedelic group mined V.
for lyrics to The Eyes of a New York Woman.
AKA Pat Fish, who named a track Looking for
Lot 49 on his Fishcoteque album.
Pynchon himself wrote the liner notes for Spiked!
Mark. The Sultan of Swing sails to Philadelphia!
Weilding the Sjambok never felt so good!
This now retired hardcore outfit hailed from the
hometown of Spermatikos Logos' own Laurence
Indie NYC rockers named after Pynchon's second
A New York group whose liner notes were penned
by the Man himself.
A visit to San Narciso.
Wasthe famous tune Smells Like Teen
Spirit acutally inspired by a song from Gravity's
A "Rock Opera" filled with references
to Gravity's Rainbow.
Musical meditations on Eight Facts About
Ride The Rocket with the former frontman
of The Cars.
David Thomas' legendary, seminal band shows some
These literate Indies hail from Flordia, and have
a song about Wanda Tinasky which is highly recomm-ended!
This group from Champaign, Illinois, covers a
lot of Pynchon ground!
English art-rockers who incorporate many Pynchon
motifs into their work.
An offshoot of Zoviet France, Robin Storey's
group named Rapoon released an album
called The Kirghiz Light.
& Dietrich, Moore.
More liner notes written by Pynchon !!
Indie electro-rock futurists Six Finger Satellite
make a reference to Gravity's Rainbow.
Seminal "proggies," they recorded a
full-scale work called Esther's Nose Job
In memory of "the evil Spock," they
do homage to V.
A California metal group with a name taken from
Pynchon scholar, Web master, and MIDI Musician.
Sick Crew, The.
Purveyors of pirate folk-punk, truly a gang like
their Pynchon namesakes.
F. Thorendal, from praised thrash-heroes Meshuggah,
gets one in for the Vikings.
Making music indebted to The Crying of Lot
Related to New York's Lot 49, ths Florida
group also takes their name from Pynchon's work.
He recently released an album containing work
inspired by Pynchon.