Charlie Nothing - Outside/Inside
Charlie Nothing was the fractured-psyche pseudonym of author, father, horsekeeper, organic farmer, beekeeper, philosopher, clown and inventor of the Dingulator (guitar sculptures made from American car metal), Charles Martin Simon. Charlie's only visible offering to the record buying public was really anything but. Due to it's rarity, The Psychedelic Saxophone of Charlie Nothing, issued by Takoma Records in 1967, has been a source of consternation for in-the-know types for years. Outside / Inside, the second and only other Charlie Nothing LP, originally issued by Everitt Enterprises in 1969, thematically follows with two sidelong flute-based instrumentals. Nowhere on wax will you find more palpable preserved air of a real-time dropout scene than with these sides of Nothing. It is a wonder that these records circulated at all outside the vacuum in which they were created. Nothingness, a California existentiality looping back on itself, preserved and disseminated as evidence. There are indeed very few records like these. Fully Authorized / Fully Legit.