Sufjan Stevens

It appears the scumbag legal people at Sony won’t allow embedded YouTube clips of Jeff Buckley. So instead, have a double dose of the next best thing, Sufjan Stevens. The top video, “John Wayne Gacy Jr”, is possibly the most haunting song I’ve ever heard. An interesting thing, that to be disturbing, you don’t have to be harsh and gritty, as clichés go in the arts in modern times. This is subtle stuff, and hugely more powerful. The second video is cool because he’s got a banjo, and that rocks. I dated a girl with a banjo once.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otx49Ko3fxw] [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4tkiGvV_ek]
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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. I suppose I should confess to my lifelong love affair with the banjo. Banjos and bagpipes.

  2. Awesome. Nothing like eccentric musicianship. I’ll be expecting an mp3 of you playing them both, when your book is ready… 🙂

  3. Oh, gods no. I can’t *play* anything. When my schedule frees up, learning banjo is high on the list of things I intend to do, but for now that’s outside of my skillset. Desole.