HAL WILLNER Whoops, I’m An Indian (1998)

Whoops, I’m An Indian (1998)
A Legend, With Only One Solo Album

In certain circles, Hal Willner is considered a legend. Since 1981, his various artist tribute productions – dedicated to the music of such disparate composers as Nino Rota, Monk, Kurt Weill, Mingus and others – are wildly inventive gatherings filled with as many groundbreaking artists as he can pile into a single project. From Sun Ra to Los Lobos to Nilsson to Tom Waits (just a few names from his Disney trib, Stay Awake), the credits on any Willner production are a staggering read. There’s also his catalog organizations for Lenny Bruce and Carl Stalling and his musical direction on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and Night Music. Even more amazing, Willner has released only one solo project of his own, 1998’s out of print Whoops, I’m An Indian (named for a Three Stooges short). Curiously, Willner doesn’t tap a single star from his vast Rolodex. Instead, Whoops is an experimental mix of backbeats and samples, incorporating tribal chants, old recordings, film dialog (Dragnet‘s Jack Webb in The D.I.), spooky atmospherics, and even humor, like his thumb-on-the-turntable interpretation of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Instead of manipulating a multitude of artists on a single album, he manipulates a multitude of samples in much the same way. Curiously, there’s little in the way of Willner’s stock in trade, avant jazz. Typical for a guy who’s always cruisin’ for something different to do. At Amazon, HERE.

Whoops, I’m An Indian (3:50)
Nyack Oud Dance (4:13)
Levinsky Of The Spirits (3:53)
Do You Hear Me? (No Pie) with Jack Webb (4:00)
We Travel The Subways (2:27)
A Night At The Playpen (5:34)
Alamo Hellfire (6:29)
Putz Rapper (4:54)
King Of The Jews (0:56)
If I Had Known (3:14)
Bercuse On Parade (5:44)
Sango Montamaria (3:50)
Hal Sings ‘The Fatal Glass Of Beer’ While Ralph Honks (2:21)
What a Friend We Have In Jesus Revisited (4:30)


  • Johnny Vandal
    February 24, 2009 - 13:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Hal Wilner! Have a great Fat Tuesday!

  • Anonymous
    February 24, 2009 - 20:54 | Permalink

    This is a blast, Thanks & Cheers! CM

  • yotte
    February 26, 2009 - 10:34 | Permalink

    It IS a blast! Thanks! I had to dl just to hear 'We Travel the Subways.' I expect Sun Ra would have approved!
    btw, I'd LOVE to hear Stay Awake but can't seem to find it anywhere.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 - 22:27 | Permalink

    You've done it again. Amazing stuff. Thank you.

  • Smurffi
    April 8, 2009 - 22:04 | Permalink

    and remember, this is the guy who organised the william s burroughs hip hop album… nice.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 20:54 | Permalink

    Search HERE

    January 10, 2010 - 18:24 | Permalink

    Thanks Cappy for all the years of great eclectic posts. Dont suppose you have the live 2004 Willner Randy Newman VA tribute SHOCK & AWE? I cant find it anywhere's "out there" thanks KURTZ robbybee@sbcglobal.net

  • Capt. Willard
    January 10, 2010 - 18:46 | Permalink

    Many thanks. Don't have that one. Never heard it. Need to start poking around for it myself. Sorry… and thanks.

  • cure
    February 28, 2010 - 07:17 | Permalink

    love it feel it = it invites a journey mental physical questions hallucinations slowing down on the memory process but before you overthink it just go with it, close your eyes and listen, it makes me want to be naked at burning man festival

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  • TheWalkingDeadMan
    October 8, 2011 - 09:47 | Permalink


    Thank you for this – never heard it before and from just the sample you posted I think I will have it on repeat for the better part of today – awesome.


    • Willard
      October 8, 2011 - 12:20 | Permalink

      It’s a weird one.

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