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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Party Hardly?

posted by on April 10 at 14:03 PM

This guy, the Andrew WK who “partied” at Chop Suey last Friday:

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Does not look quite like this guy (a google image result for “Andrew WK”):

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And from the bizarre, syntactic minefield that is the Truth About Andrew WK blog (emphasis mine):

If it’s now become common knowledge that Andrew WK has in the past impersonated himself, in order to perform concerts or do other Andrew WK related performing, then it should come as no surprise that many of his fans have also taken to posing as one of Andrew WK’s self-impersonations. This can be seen in many phazes of Andrew WK’s career, but it seems now almost intentional. The delibracy of these acts points us once again towards the large amount of pre-planning that seems to have gone into just about every piece of the Andrew WK story.

Does anybody know what’s going on here? What does “impersonating himself” mean, anyway? Has Andrew WK become a franchised persona? Or has he just lost some beard and muscle mass and gotten some tattoos?

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$10 for that bullshit. That's what I get for trying to hang out and do something different. Could of gotten a bunch of Robotussin and had my own party.

Posted by bobcat | April 10, 2007 2:25 PM
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I played Andrew WK in my highschools rendition of Westside Story.

Posted by Joh | April 10, 2007 2:25 PM
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That's really Tupac. I knew Tupac was still alive.

Posted by trent moorman | April 10, 2007 2:50 PM
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Delibracy?

Posted by demolator | April 10, 2007 3:09 PM
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those photos are taken from opposite sides of his face though, it's hard to tell.

the left and right side of your face can look VERY different in a photo.

Posted by josh bomb | April 10, 2007 4:48 PM
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i totally stood at the front of the stage for the whole thing trying to get a good look at his face (having previously done some serious internet searching on the conspiracy stuff ) and was not convinced that was the man himself. He never really showed his face, either. It was also one of the worst nights of my life for the disappointment. AWK, why????

Posted by erin | April 10, 2007 5:33 PM
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his teeth look more like veneers in older pictures, and more natural and messed up in newer pictures- that's definitely a little bizarre...

Posted by graig markel | April 11, 2007 10:21 AM
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I'm sure none of you actually think there's a WK doppelganger, but if this conspiracy needs to be put to rest, I think I can do it. Andrew and I went to high school together and were on the swim team together, and when I approached him after the Portland lecture on Saturday he called me out by name before I said anything to him. I guess it's possible that the real AWK briefed him on the names and faces of everyone he's ever known, but more likely it was the real Andrew Wilkes-Krier.

Posted by Andy | April 11, 2007 12:56 PM
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the funny thing is that its obviously the same person in both those pictures.

Posted by g e f o w | April 12, 2007 10:15 AM
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ANDREW WAS NEVER REAL

Posted by 55 | April 12, 2007 4:04 PM
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THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU SAD. MIKE STEEV IS AWK. Andrew W.K. is Steev Mike, and vice versa. The whole "Steev Mike created Andrew" concept, the website hacking, the actor angle, the Andrew W.K. Inc. company, Louise Harland, etc., all were designed and orchestrated by Andrew and his management company as a bit of a "social experiment" and a way of keeping the fanbase wondering about it all during his relative absence from the spotlight. The wealth of information available, "evidence" to the contrary, etc. - 35 to 45% of it was pre- written and planted in the correct places; the rest of it simply boils down to over-zealous fans coming up with their own scenarios and passing them along to other fans. After passing those scenarios along, they have a tendancy to take on a life of their own, which is exactly what was hoped for by all involved. Originally, the idea was to draw the Andrew/Steev Mike confusion out even further and into different channels, but it's been mostly abandoned to the hands of the fanbase at this point, who are keeping it alive on their own quite nicely. It's my understanding that there were at least five or six other scenarios in the works for future developments at one point (possibly more), one of which would expand on the theory that Andrew W.K. had a split personality identified as "Steev Mike" who stood for the polar opposite of everything Andrew did (darkness, despair, isolation, etc.), and that the "two" of them would have a so- called "battle for control" over the identity. As absurd as it may sound, it was an idea on the table. A LOT of people have had their hand involved in the creation of these storylines. In regards to the "various actors play a rock star named Andrew" angle, there was/is a kernal of truth to that - several lookalikes were brought aboard at various times to make appearances in order to lend credibility to the ongoing internet rumors that Andrew wasn't "real". This was also a benefit to the real Andrew, who could as a result focus on his other responsibilities and obligations, erego 'be in many places at once'. Andrew is a legitimate artist who was discovered in early 2000 and got a HUGE media push, as Island/Def Jam really believed in him and was hoping to push him as the man who "saved rock and roll". The "Steev Mike" angle was originally intended to be a part of that. It was wildly succesful in some regards, but didn't quite achieve the EXACT results they all were hoping for (which, unfortunately, I'm not exactly aware of), hence the abandonment of the "Steev Mike Project". The possibility DOES exist that "Steev Mike" may make future appearances/threats of "outing" Andrew (or things of other natures), depending on whether or not it appears feasible and the desired results may be met by the media and the general public. That's all. Hope it helps for anybody still confused on the subject.

Posted by WHO IS MIKE STEEV?! I KNOW! | April 14, 2007 8:12 PM
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HAHA!! Friggin awesome!

Posted by Quinn | April 16, 2007 8:59 AM
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Was anyone at the University of Washington show in February 2006? I was, and there was no way in blue hell that that was the real AWK playing. The guy performed just like AWK, sang like him, kicked, screamed and danced like him, and had the same energy as him. But he had emo-like hair that went down to his neck, and was wearing these strange nerdy glasses for a while, along with a cap for a bit. Just like this past show at Chop Suey, I stood there in bewilderment, trying to convince myself one way or the other if that was indeed AWK on stage.

Posted by Pat | April 21, 2007 10:45 PM

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