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Y. Bhekhirst

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Y. Bhekhirst is an outsider musician about whom next to nothing is known, but whose one album, Hot in the Airport, released in New York on HDG Records in 1986, is prized by some outsider music collectors for its bizarre, shambling songs.

Hot in the Airport is full of meandering lyrics about cars and rain and love, sung in a thick, unidentifiable accent; Bhekhirst’s method is to sing a verse, in itself very repetitive, two, four or six times, and then to stop abruptly. This is typically backed up by one or two guitars, bass, and drums, with each of the stringed instruments playing a different melodic fragment, over and over again, creating a texture made up of several of these strange, angular, asynchronous patterns. No one knows whether all this is the product of a band, or of one person repeatedly overdubbing parts on different instruments. When these patterns are combined with the semi-random drumming and the bizarre vocals, the effect is unique. The title track of the album, which has been released a number of times on cassette, was also released as a 7” single; it is slightly more polished musically than the other songs, and includes a number of lines seemingly sung in Spanish.

One song on Hot in the Airport, “I Will Sing,” features the repeated line, “And I will do anything for love.” By coincidence, the melody of this line is nearly identical to that of the title line of Meat Loaf’s 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” [1]

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