An Addendum to that Piece on MGMT's Wesleyan Surrealist-Pop Mafia
Andrew VanWyngarden and Simon O'Connor (left to right, with guitars)
You know the one--Cristina Black's much reblogged music feature that ran in print two weeks ago. It seems that in the wake of the piece, every Wes alum with a guitar pick and a cowbell came out of comment-lurker hiding to inform the author that despite her nods to Boy Crisis/Das Racist/Amazing Baby, et al, and fellow Wesleyan matriculators Santigold, Dar Williams, and the fella who wrote "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," the article didn't mention a whole slew of other musicians who'd attended the school. To which, the author responds on her personal blog, "This 1200-word article was not meant to be an exhaustive history of music at Wesleyan. It was a little scene story about some kids who went there recently and did drugs and lost their minds and thought it would be so hilair to rap about how they had the munchies and went to Taco Bell or whatever and then that's what the blogs were talking about all summer and they may or may not get famous because their college buddies became rock stars in England." Precisely.
In any event, Black does take the time to compile all the musicians who it's since been brought to her attention also went to Wesleyan. It's a pretty interesting, and surprisingly disparate, group that includes Dumptruck, Erase Errata, Big Bear, Atom and His Package and 25 others. The full list is below and a Wesleyan-Oberlin beef is most certainly forthcoming.
Bear Hands Mamarazzi Mary Halvorson Mahivishnu John McLaughlin's Shakti Erase Errata Mobius Band Anthony Braxton (head of music department) Ed Blackwell Bill Barron El Guapo Strega Supersystem Sam Rivers Kenny Wessel Steve Lehman Shy Child Tyler Ho Bynum Alvin Lucier Nick Collins October Days Dumptruck Red Wire Black Wire Girls Against Boys Atom and His Package Band of Susans Orthreim Polaris Mine Big Bear Brian Wolff
Revenge of the Nerds Part 2, or My Wesleyan Week [Cristina Black]
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