Weird Paul Petroskey

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Weird Paul Petroskey
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Background information
Birth name Paul Petroskey
Born (1970-11-21) November 21, 1970 (age 44)
Origin Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Genres Lo-fi, Punk rock, Rock, Indie Rock, pop, Outsider music
Years active 1984-present
Labels Homestead Records, Rocks & Rolling, Thick Syrup Records
Associated acts The Weird Paul Rock Band
Website www.weirdpaul.com

Weird Paul Petroskey (born November 21, 1970) is a lo-fi musician in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.[1] He has been writing and recording music since 1984, and has written or co-written over 700 songs and appeared on over 50 released albums.[2][3][4] Petroskey has played as part of an ensemble and has performed in the bands The Blazing Bulkheads, The Blissful Idiots (which later changed their name to Revenge of the Nerds), and The Weird Paul Rock Band.

Petroskey formed his label Rocks & Rolling Records in 1987, through which he released his first album In Case of Fire Throw This In on cassette tape.[5] He initially called himself "Off-the-Wall Paul" in an effort to differentiate himself from "Weird Al" Yankovic. In 1990 Petroskey began performing with drummer Manny Theiner and in 1991, signed with New York record label Homestead Records.[6] Through Homestead Records the two released the album Lo Fidelity, Hi Anxiety, but was not picked up for a second album.[7]

Between the years 2001 to 2004, Petroskey filmed a documentary with Chicago filmmaker Stacey Goldschmidt, who was creating a film about his music. Weird Paul: A Lo Fidelity Documentary was completed in 2005 and was released in April 2006, where it went on to show at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.[8]


Selected discography[edit]

  • In Case of Fire Throw This In – Rocks & Rolling Records 001 (1987)
  • I Need a Pencil Sharpener – Rocks & Rolling Records 002 (1988)
  • Now I Blow My A-B-C-'s – Rocks & Rolling Records 003 (1989)
  • Live at the Underground – Rocks & Rolling Records 004 (1989)
  • Does Anyone Want This? – Rocks & Rolling Records 007 (1989)
  • Songs For Santa – Rocks & Rolling Records (1989)
  • The Concept Track – Rocks & Rolling Records 008 (1990)
  • My Last Tape – Rocks & Rolling Records 012 (1990)
  • Lo Fidelity, Hi Anxiety – Homestead Records 166 (1991)
  • Worm in My Egg Cream – Rocks & Rolling Records 015 (1994)
  • Best Sled Ever – Rocks & Rolling Records 016 (1995)
  • The Proliferation of Matter – Rocks & Rolling Records 017 (1996)
  • The Blazing Bulkheads – Rocks & Rolling Records 018 (1998)
  • The Dame That Drove Me Nuts – Rocks & Rolling Records 019 (1999)
  • Your Favorite Gum – Home-Aid Recordings 005 (2000)
  • Pine 'n Lose – Rocks & Rolling Records 020 (2000)
  • Billy Joel Likes Cakes – Rocks & Rolling Records 021 (2000)
  • 2001 – Rocks & Rolling Records 023 (2001)
  • The Mess of Weird Paul – Rocks & Rolling Records 026 (2002)
  • I Punch You! – Rocks & Rolling Records 029 (2004)
  • Weird Paul: A Lo Fidelity Documentary Soundtrack – Rocks & Rolling Records 031 (2006)
  • Medically Necessary – Rocks & Rolling Records 032 (2006)
  • As Heard in My Dreams – Rocks & Rolling Records 033 (2009)
  • Police Baffled; Public Aroused (with Ben Blanchard) - Rocks & Rolling Records 035 (2010)
  • Simulating the Act of Love (with The Weird Paul Rock Band) - Rocks & Rolling Records 036 (2010)
  • Check Me Out Now - Rocks & Rolling Records 037 (2011)
  • 25 Lo-Fi Years - Thick Syrup Records 0047 (2012)[9]
  • Still Going Strong - Thick Syrup Records (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weird Paul Petroskey – Please Don’t Break My Atari". The Retroist. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Mervis, Scott (April 20, 2006). "Adventures of Weird Paul: Documentary sheds light on quirky Pittsburgh music legend". Post Gazette. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Hayes, John (Oct 12, 1990). "Weird Paul Goes on Record". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Siffert, Matt. "A weekend of music at Carnegie Mellon". The Tartan. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Harrington, Greg (May 30, 2012 MUSIC » LOCAL BEAT). "Keeping Weird Paul Weird". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 6 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ King, Peter (May 2, 1991). "Weird Paul". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Ogiba, Jeff. "YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO WEIRD PAUL". Vice. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Mervis, Scott (December 21, 2006). "WEIRD PAUL IS DISCOVERED". Post Gazette. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Garrison, Kurt (November 2012). "Album Reviews: 25 Lo-Fi Years". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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