Kim Fowley, has, as a solo artist, songwriter, producer, impressario, etc., been involved in what seems an endless assortment of hit, novelty, cult and totally obscure recordings, dating back to 1959. His immense discography includes work with, get ready for this… Paul Revere and The Raiders, Cat Stevens, The Seeds, The Mothers Of Invention, Slade, Soft Machine, Doug Sahm, Warren Zevon, Gene Vincent, The Byrds, ELP, Kiss, Alice Cooper, The Modern Lovers, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, The Quick, and, of course, The Runaways. That is not even the tip of the iceberg for Fowley related recordings. He had an uncanny knack for being at the forefront of Rock and Roll movements (Surf, Garage, Psyche, Glam, Heavy Metal, Punk, etc) and was a vital participant in those scenes, appearing everywhere a buck could get made or a groupie would get laid.
With a career so long and varied, Fowley has alotta stories, amazing stories, and boy howdy can the man spin a yarn. Mike Stax’s, Ugly Things magazine, published an exhaustive interview with Fowley, where the name dropping stories were so totally out of control that everyone still clamored for more. Enter Norton Records publishing wing, who released the first part of his autobiography, Lord Of Garbage, last year. I’ve yet to acquire a copy but have zero hesitation in giving it the highest recommendation. As a performer or storyteller, the man never fails to entertain.
Kim being Kim
Outrageous: Kim Fowley from DANGEROUS MINDS on Vimeo.
Kim digging through some of his vinyl collection…
Check out the personalized “Robert Loves Kim” Runaways t-shirt that Robert Plant sports while hanging with Cherie Currie and Joan Jett