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Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Last Word From Andrew WK

posted by on April 14 at 16:33 PM

After last Friday’s Andrew WK show, I wrote the man to get his take on the party, and to clear up any confusion about the night. Here’s what he wrote back (emphasis mine):

Dear Eric, Here’s my write-up. Hope it’s not too late for you to still use! Thanks so much for your support and the opportunity to reflect on that night:

Right now, I’m in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on. I’ve been thinking back to Seattle, the party we had there, and the things that happened that night. I feel confused, but I’m very clear on that confusion.

On April 6th, 2007, there was an ANDREW W.K. party organized in Seattle at a place called Chop Suey. The party was part of the HIGH-WAY PARTY CRUISER TOUR. The point of this tour was to map out a west coast road-trip, cruising in a Cadillac to different towns, seeing the sights, meeting fun folks, hanging out and dancing, and then stopping-off each night with an “enjoyable-life” party. We also scheduled a couple of lectures - one in Vancouver and one in Portland. After Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, the rest of the parties were in central Canada.

I wasn’t planning on writing down my thoughts about what happened in Seattle. To be honest, it’s been nearly impossible for me to really know exactly what occurred that night. It’s not that I don’t remember what happened - I actually remember the night quite well - I just have no way of knowing what was going on at the party. Everyone is going to have their own view of what happened to them.

I’ve heard different reactions from different people. Some people said it was the greatest night they’ve ever had. Other people told me they had never had a worse time in their entire lives. In fact, one person said that the night changed her whole life and immediately after that, she said she was scared and sad about what happened. When I asked her to explain her feelings further, she said that she had always had certain expectations and understandings about me, her life and herself in the world, and she said, after the party, she started seeing things differently, and she wasn’t sure if it was good or bad. She said she felt “displaced” and “out of her comfort zone”. Then she said it was all my fault.

Thinking back to that night in Seattle, I can only guess what people were thinking. I don’t know what I was thinking either. I wasn’t present. I was displaced and out of my own comfort zone. I want to apologize for anything I may have said or done to upset people, offend them, or confuse them. All I wanted was to see what would happen. I didn’t know and for that I feel very uncomfortable. At the same time, I’ve been making efforts to lose myself and to push to do things that might seem like a “bad idea” but that are exciting. Maybe this all was a horrible idea, and maybe I should’ve just been there myself to make sure everything was normal. But the night happened like it did, the person who performed did fine and he shouldn’t feel bad about what was ultimately all my choice. I put him up to it, and I made him do what he did. I heard that people have been asking for their money back.

I want everyone who came to the party that night to feel good. If that means saying “I’m sorry”, then I’m sorry. I want everyone who came to understand how much I enjoyed the experience, even if it felt somewhat off-balance and upsetting to some deep part of my sensibilities. In this world, it seems to me that nothing can ever really be “understood” or “known”. I want to feel good, have fun, and express love - if I know anything, I guess it would be that. It has seemed to me that going all the way off the road is the best way to feel alive. If it wasn’t even me doing it, it was still the most alive I had ever felt. Seattle had the party, and I enjoyed it as much as anyone. It wasn’t supposed to be anything but fun. I want to be in love and live life all the way.

Should I apologize for not being the way you thought I would be? If people think it wasn’t me, there’s nothing I can do or say to make you feel or think what you want. You choose your feelings and I choose my own. Together, I hope we choose to feel love.

PARTY HARD,
Andrew W.K.

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1

Andrew W.K. is a computer program run out of NORAD to simulate the effects of partying to the fullest on the human body. Thank you for uncovering the conspiracy.

Posted by Jonah S | April 14, 2007 7:33 PM
2

Andrew W.K. is SmarterChild

Posted by Pat! | April 14, 2007 8:12 PM
3

Okay, it's admittedly nearly 5 am as I write this, but I think this rebuttal is my new religion.

Posted by Paulus | April 15, 2007 4:43 AM
4

okay now i'm confused...what exactly happened at that show? did he perform or dj? or speak on his ideas of life? this letter has no meaning unless you explain you own expierience so that i can compare them to awk expierience of the night in question.

Posted by ac | April 15, 2007 11:17 AM
5

WTF? that was the most artfully obtuse dodge/mission statement ever. it does absolutely nothing to clarify anything. it actually only confuses things more. who the hell is this guy, what the hell is he talking about, and what does "i'm very clear on that confusion" mean? the whole thing makes my head hurt. im going outside.

Posted by jz | April 15, 2007 12:04 PM
6

wtf is right. im glad that this just gets more and more strange.

Posted by greg | April 15, 2007 2:27 PM
7

what a bunch of crap.

Posted by dc | April 15, 2007 3:07 PM
8

okay it's me again....upon reading this another 10 times i have new questions.....did he mean he wasn't present as in he was on something and mentally he wasn't present or did he mean yes physically i wasn't there and had some weird dude pose as me. cause i mean i've seen the pictures and videos and i would be willing to bet my right hand that that was awk. if that is a fake then fuck me in the ass and call me sally.

Posted by ac | April 15, 2007 7:46 PM
9

he is amazing.

Posted by josh | April 16, 2007 9:19 AM
10

i think i love AWK even more now.

Posted by josh bomb | April 16, 2007 4:13 PM
11

he's just being stupid now to cover up his lameness. it's like saying something, then realizing people are pissed, replying "i was only joking" when everyone knows you weren't. so, wk, act crazy now, but it sucked.

Posted by infrequent | April 16, 2007 4:44 PM
12

W.T.FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Posted by Callie | April 16, 2007 4:55 PM
13

he should've JUST sang his songs. wasted and without a backing band, that still seemed to be what the people wanted..

Posted by Jedd! | April 16, 2007 10:27 PM
14

I think a haircut and a fresh suit is all that keeps this man out of politics.

Posted by Colin | April 17, 2007 8:46 AM
15

I am the guy who was DJ-ing the Highway Party Cruiser Tour, but i am just a musician/artist who likes to play records for my friends, not a pro DJ. Flosstrodamus are pros. It seems like some of you Seattle-ites are over-thinking the party performance @ Chop Suey. That's OK. No doubt the good people of the Northwest in general are famously thoughtful, and known for passionate critical response to life encounters, and Seattle-ians are no exception. You fearlessly draw your lines and hold them. Jimi-re-invents elec guitar, Pearl Jam-takes on the Ticketmaster syndicate, The Sonics!-need I say more. You are all legacies of pioneers of the bravest order. You SHOULD question everything you experience. You MUST continue to push the thresholds of experience and creation. Even a big party. Many things happened at all of the parties on the tour. What went down @ Chop Suey is no exception. Keep thinking it all through. Continue the analysis. Go over it again and again. Keep doing it. Go over it to get over it. Or is it, "You gotta get under, before you get over" ? Was James Brown from Seattle? Regardless, to all you good people who attended that party---thank you for bringing your A-game (physically, criticaly, and otherwise). KEEP ON THINKING IN THE RED!!!!!!

Love,

Doug Anson

Posted by doug anson | April 18, 2007 9:17 AM
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I am the guy who was DJ-ing the Highway Party Cruiser Tour, but i am just a musician/artist who likes to play records for my friends, not a pro DJ. Flosstrodamus are pros. It seems like some of you Seattle-ites are over-thinking the party performance @ Chop Suey. That's OK. No doubt the good people of the Northwest in general are famously thoughtful, and known for passionate critical response to life encounters, and Seattle-ians are no exception. You fearlessly draw your lines and hold them. Jimi-re-invents elec guitar, Pearl Jam-takes on the Ticketmaster syndicate, The Sonics!-need I say more. You are all legacies of pioneers of the bravest order. You SHOULD question everything you experience. You MUST continue to push the thresholds of experience and creation. Even a big party. Many things happened at all of the parties on the tour. What went down @ Chop Suey is no exception. Keep thinking it all through. Continue the analysis. Go over it again and again. Keep doing it. Go over it to get over it. Or is it, "You gotta get under, before you get over" ? Was James Brown from Seattle? Regardless, to all you good people who attended that party---thank you for bringing your A-game (physically, criticaly, and otherwise). KEEP ON THINKING IN THE RED!!!!!!

Love,

Doug Anson

Posted by doug anson | April 18, 2007 9:17 AM
17

That night was fucking lame and i want my money for myself and the 2 poor souls i drug up there to watch that impostor back.

Posted by bobcat | April 20, 2007 2:46 PM
18

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