10 thoughts on “Jay’s Last Blood Visions”

  1. Was he usually this thin? I came across some interview he did recently where he complained about having more trouble with his weight as he aged as is the case with his contemporaries. All those people put on a lot of weight. You should have seen how thin King Khan used to be.

  2. I was going to say something about. When I saw him in the summer and even in November, he was heavier. I just was looking at some live videos from him in July and indeed he had much more upper body/facial weight.

    If that one Spaceshits video on YouTube is any indication, yeah man it’s pretty funny how light King was.

  3. I have not gone digging around in Jay Reatard-related material out there but based on what I have seen, I can’t help but think that something was wrong with him, that he wasn’t all right. One problem with these people is that there is a wide licence to be crazy and serious problems could be hidden in plain view. In fact, being crazy is good for the show. People tend to mind their own business. His lyrics seem to dwell on themes of isolation and morbidity which is one reason why he is so sympathetic to me, he seemed to feel the decay around him, or that’s how it’s filtered through me. When you absorb any art it’s not only about the artist but about the person absorbing it and their own experiences and interpretation. I wonder how many people absorbed and interpreted it as I do.

  4. Yeah, I totally felt the same way about his music. With that being said it was also more fun, energetic, and catchier than most other artists out there. But, as I have said before there was a feeling of vulnerability in his art; he didn’t attempt to hide anything from the audience/listener, he just was who he was. There’s plenty of room for attack, unlike some other punk rockers, who try to come off as tough or what have you. The cover of Blood Visions is a great metaphor for his music and entire aesthetic. Just totally naked and pouring his blood and guts (tho you don’t see guts on the cover lol) out for you and me, for all to see! Now, I doubt all or perhaps any of that went through Jay’s dome when he made that cover (probably just something badass to put on your debut LP), but at least that’s how I interpret it.

  5. I didn’t know him personally, but as contemporaries have made a note to mention, the media got it all wrong. They tried to make an image out of him: Jay Reatard, this tough asshole, that you have to wear a helmet to see! And then with him dying, I feel like some people will just cast him aside to the classic depressed rock star in decline OD-ing image. Oh, it’s such a shame! He’s a far more fascinating/complex character than that.

  6. It’s not just the media, it’s people in the scene too who perpetuate this. People in this kind of scene like craziness.

    I have often felt decay and the isolation and the morbidity are my things. It was quite strong around the time he died.

  7. I can get a good impression of someone by reading their writing or seeing how they talk in an interview. I stumbled across one a few months back and I was so impressed. He sounded so honest and straight forward and intelligent. He used language well. Seeing an interview he did in video form I noticed he liked to stare away from the person asking the questions and I noticed his use of the word “quickly” which is unusual, and again he seemed very honest and straight forward.

  8. Yeah I agree with him being honest and straight forward. I also, must say I initially felt the “asshole” thing I spoke of earlier. He was human lol.

  9. Lead singers hit members of the audience quite a lot in this scene, or at least that’s been my experience. Why King Khan kicked someone in San Francisco a month ago or so during a show. That didn’t look so dangerous. There’s danger that increases as the act is more punk or intense to the performers from the audience and they need to make their space.

  10. “I always loved Jay’s sense of humor.” You mean like, “I’m supposed to be lazy, because I’m killing time instead of killing you”… I like the juxtaposition of the literal with the metaphorical. There was a review for “Night of Broken Glass” that mentioned that it started with breaking glass, and it described him thus as “a very literal man”.

    If his lyrical output helps paint a picture of who he was, he seems to have been a very sensitive person who may have even been faced with sensory overload and as a result was often angry and had trouble to understand people and tried to analyse why things went wrong with people, and with interactions with them in general. Though he seemed to identify with loners and reclusive types it’s clear in other songs that he was someone in demand and he showed how things looked from that vantage point – the issue of if people around him liked him for who he was or because he was a star on a widening scene probably was something that was on his mind – also the question about whether they could be trusted. He also seemed to resent society’s expectations of him and of his generation in general. He seemed to be obsessed with death. He never seemed to be a bully nor did he pick on people who were weaker, instead he seemed to identify with people in trouble. He was definitely not part of a sadistic culture that picks on those in difficulty.

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