Saturday, August 19, 2006

Francis E. Dec, Esquire

You've probably not heard of Francis E. Dec.
Long before "viral videos" passed from one e-mail box to another, there was the glorious days of cassette trading and dubbing. You could get all kinds of crazy stuff on cassette if you knew the right person. I heard my first "Tube Bar" prank call recordings from a bootleg cassette back in 1990. At that same time, I was given a copy of the recordings of Francis E. Dec's manifestos read by radio DJ Boyd "Doc on the ROQ" Britton. Britton recorded these back in 1985 after receiving a fist full of Dec's mimiograghed rants at his Milwaukee radio station. Britton recorded 6 different rants, in varying styles and back ground music, and at some point, these were set free to the underground tape traders.
Rev. Ivang Stang, head honcho and Grand Pubah of the Church of the Subgenius, handed me the tape back in 1990 on the set of an MTV film shoot we were on. He really didn't say much about the contents except that the guy reading the tirade didn't write it...he was a voice guy.

After hearing the first rant, I was mesmarized. What the hell was clickin' in this guys head? It was like watching a train wreck.

The below links are to some of Dec's manifestos (as read by Doc Britton) sprinkled throughout the wonderful World Wide Web. Keep in mind, these rants are written by a heavily paranoid schizophrenic, and his observance of politically correct procedures have been removed by the repeated beatings from "gangster communist police" while incarcerated. This, keep in mind, is a sick man.
I would type more in this blog about Dec and his important writings, but since the tapes have traveled the globe (pretty much) I'll let the other fans who have chronicled these rants explain the life and misery of this man.
Five of his rants have been transcribed here for your reading pleasure. It's suggested that you read along while listening to the rants...sort of like a Peter Pan Read A Long record.






If you wish to download and collect all the rants and burn them onto a CD, I have made a jewel case jacket, front and back, for these collected works of insanity.

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Many people have been obsessed with Dec and even have tried to speak with him (Britton tried in '89). One person, Forrest Jackson, met Dec at a V. A. hospital in '95. His account is here.
(One thing of note: Jackson's meeting with Dec was a direct action from my having the cassette in hand. He heard the Dec Rants at a party here in Dallas. One of the people attending the party was Jason Cohen. Jason had, at this time,(1993) borrowed my only cassette and dubbed it, then apparently played it at this "Party". It all goes full circle.)

The last thing known of Dec, is that he probably died in the V. A hospital in '95 or '96. The Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God had finally found him.


Blogger Major Tool said...

Thanks Joe. It's been awhile since I've heard FED's ol' batshit.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Tohoscope said...

There was a short story written by Del Close in the DC comics anthology WASTELAND that was sort of a what if Francis E. Dec met the Frankenstien Gangster Computer God. I remember reading that comicbook short before I had read Donna Kossy's KOOKS and then It all made sense and I had to dig out that comicbook and re-read it. If I haven't already thrown it away I'll see if I can find that comic and scan and post it...

12:04 PM  

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