Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hello Gallo

Vincent Gallo
oil on canvas board, 8 x 10 inches, 2016
As I was rummaging through some records on my shelves, my eyes stopped at a record by Bohack. I had never really listened to that record (It Took Several Wives, 1982) even though I've had it for 18 years. I bought it at the time, cheap, because of the cover that I (in 1998) immediately recognized as a painting by Francesco Clemente. I think I only played it once when I bought it, and not even all the way through. I guess I was not impressed and left the record in near mint condition on my shelf. So I pulled out the record and looked on the back where I spotted the name Vincent Gallo. And I knew of Vincent Gallo, not because he's so famous (which he is, especially after the cult classic Buffalo '66 of 1998, which he directed, played in, and provided the soundtrack for), but because he's a friend of Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and appears on many a photograph together with her. It was the Gallo of the song Mr. Gallo from Cat Power's first album Dear Sir (1995). So I found information about It Took Several Wives on the Discogs website and to my surprise I found that the record is heavily sought after, worth about $200. I played the record (all the way through this time) and really liked it. Of course the value, and reference to Cat Power, really helped me appreciate the music. The record now, with protective plastic jacket, has been moved to the "important" shelf.