Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jerry Williams: Number One

Ever since I was a kid back in the 1980s, I've seen Swedish rock'n'roller Jerry Williams as something of a pathetic, chubby, middle-aged rocker trying to relive the 1950's in the most embarrasing way. And truthfully, I still feel that way about him to some degree.

But I have to admit that this video and song -- from 1963, way before I was born -- has got to be one of the most wonderful songs and videos ever to come out of Sweden. Both unintentionally silly and unintenionally nightmarish, it has a hypnotic, dream-like David Lynch quality to it that transcends the sum of its parts and becomes something absolutely sublime. I love it.


  1. A late kommentarer, but yes, this is a great song. I also like Jerry's troubled faceial expression throughout the song, and he frantic kneebending at the end.

  2. I've been dreaming of doing frantic kneebending all summer... one day, one day...! Yeah, Jerry's looking wonderful. He's got that kind of "yeah i've been up for three nights straight shooting heroin, what's it to you??" look about him.