Wesley Willis


Wesley Willis, view on Chicago

Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was a busker, musician, comedian and artist from Chicago. A diagnosed chronic schizophrenic, he gained a sizable cult following in the 1990s after releasing several hundred songs of simple but unique music, with emphasis on his humorous, bizarre, and frequently obscene lyrics. In addition to his large body of solo musical work, Willis fronted the punk rock band the Wesley Willis Fiasco. He also produced hundreds of unusual colored ink-pen drawings, most of them of the Chicago skyline and CTA buses.


On August 21, 2003, Willis died due to complications from chronic myelogenous leukemia in Skokie, Illinois. He was 40 years old. A memorial service for him was held on August 27, in Chicago.



‘Cut the Mullet’

And here are some of Wesley Willis’s songs on famous people:

‘Alanis Morisette’

‘Kurt Cobain’

‘Jesus Christ’

‘Oprah Winfrey’


  1. nk
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    “rock on London, rock on Chicago!”

  2. Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Documentaire uit de jaren 80 over een jonge Wesley en zijn tekeningen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rzg51SMhEo

  3. Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree on the mullet-part

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