Turista, Francis Alÿs, 1994.
Objects are handy for the way they can trigger specific memories of where they were acquired and the people associated with that experience.
This is the copy of “Bonecrusher” by Broken Bones that I purchased from Chaos Records in Philadelphia in around 1987 or possibly 88. I was about 17 years old at the time and was trying to get a handle on the endless depths of the underground music I was getting into. Brubaker, the owner of Chaos Records, was unusually friendly and helpful - the kind of ultra-punk looking dude that people might expect would be horribly unpleasant, but actually was extremely welcoming and kind to naive kids like myself that walked into the store, trying to learn about good non-mainstream music. I have other records that I purchased from Chaos but this one is particularly memorable because Brubaker special ordered it for me.
I learned this morning that Brubaker died last week. I don’t know the specifics and I don’t know what he had been doing since Chaos Records closed many years ago, but he should be remembered. Brubaker also sung for the band Circle of Shit, whose demo tape can be heard here.
Selected research photography conducted on the land of Cecil Watchorn, Ned Daly, Tom Roe and Joe Daly.
The Simpsons Arcade Game, Commodore 64.