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Peter DeRome (1924-2014)

28 Dec

Pioneering filmmaker, and friend of Dion McGregor, Peter DeRome passed away earlier this year. Here is David McGillvray’s obituary of the remarkable man (about whom he’d made the documentary Peter DeRome: Grandfather of Gay Porn).

And here’s his BFI obit:

Who better to review an album of dreams . . .

13 Dec

UrbanMattress_logoI love this little article from the company that promises you “a better night’s sleep”!

The Equal Ground Says Dreaming Like Mad is “Great Entertainment”

13 Dec

TheEqualGround_BannerThanks to The Equal Ground’s Ted Rogen for this very positive and thoughtful review.

“Undiminished alchemy”—Bang the Bore’s Pete Coward Reviews Dreaming Like Mad

13 Dec

BangTheBore_HeaderPete Coward wrote about Dion McGregor for Bang the Bore in 2011. His ongoing curiosity about Dion’s somniloquies has yielded another perceptive article for that same adventurous blog. Here’s what he has to say about Dreaming Like Mad.

Digging Further Into a Surreal Oddball Dream Universe: The Sound Projector Reviews Dreaming Like Mad

13 Dec

SoundProjector__bannerYet another splendid review of Dreaming Like Mad! Thanks to Nausika for this insightful piece.

KFJC’s Thurston Hunger Reviews Dreaming Like Mad

13 Dec
KFJC 89.7 FM

KFJC 89.7 FM

KFJC 89.7 FM has long been an airwave voice for the somniloquies of Dion McGregor. This fine station has been at it again, featuring Dion’s dream world antics on several of its playlists. Thanks to all the hosts and programmers who’ve broadcast tracks from Dion’s album, including Thurston Hunger, who’s thoughts on Dreaming Like Mad can be found here:

Media Funhouse on Dreaming Like Mad

13 Dec
Media Funhouse TV Show

Media Funhouse TV Show

Ed Grant of Media Funhouse* has written a compelling and delightful article about Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor.

* The blog for the cult Manhattan cable-access TV show that offers viewers the best in “everything from high art to low trash… and back again!” Find links to rare footage, original reviews, and reflections on pop culture and arthouse cinema.

An Announcement from McGregor Fan and TVR Supporter Michael Manasco

13 Dec

Thanks, Michael, for talking up Dreaming Like Mad and the newly remastered Dream World of Dion McGregor!

“The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep”

13 Dec
Illustration by Andy J Miller

Illustration by Andy J Miller

Article on Dion McGregor by Lucas Reilly in Mental Floss.

“The Hate Song” by Michael Barr and Dion McGregor

8 Dec
Drssed to the Nines, featuring "The Hate Song" by Barr-McGregor

Drssed to the Nines, featuring “The Hate Song” by Barr-McGregor

Michael Barr’s dear friend Patrick Ramsey just tweeted this track from Mike’s MySpace page. “The Hate Song”—music by Michael Barr, words by Dion McGregor—is a song I love. Ceil Cabot and Bill Hinnant perform it brilliantly on the 1960 original off-Broadway cast recording of Dressed to the Nines (from Julius Monk’s revue Upstairs at the Downstairs). This came out early on in the somniloquy-recording era of Barr-McGregor, which likely began in 1959, contrary to previous reports.*

* I had stated that Barr’s recording of McGregor’s sleeptalking likely started in 1961. As I recall, Phil Milstein mentioned 1960 as a probably initiation of that phase. While listening yet again to the interview with Dion on the Long John Nebel Show, I heard him say that the recording of his dreams had already been going on for around five years prior to the 1964 release of the Dream World album and book. Mike Barr was never quite sure, during the last decade of his life, exactly when he began recording his roommate and songwriting partner; but given the fact that he and Dion were already sharing a space in the late fifties, it seems probably that the earlier date is closer to historical accuracy.

Gotye Boosts McGregor

6 Dec

After telling his fans that “Dion McGregor’s sleeptalkings are some of the funniest things I’ve heard!” the great Gotye* gave another thoughtful boost to the new Dreaming Like Mad album:


Rare Photo of Dion McGregor

1 Dec

Dion McGregor made a brief appearance in his friend Peter DeRome’s 1971 film Mumbo Jumbo. Here’s a detail from a still that came my way via Ed Grant of Media Funhouse. Ed’s friend David McGillvray happens to be the fellow behind the recent documentary about DeRome (who, as a roommate of Dion’s in the 1950s, was subjected to many noisy somniloquies). The new film is called Peter DeRome: Grandfather of Gay Porn. Thanks to both Ed and David for providing this image, to Mr. DeRome for capturing it, and to the producers of the acclaimed new flick. DeRome, it appears, is something of a cinematic and cultural pioneer. {I was unaware at the time of writing that Mr. DeRome had passed away on June 21 of this year. See obituary posted on 28 Dec. SV}

Dion McGregor in the Peter DeRome film Mumbo Jumbo (detail from a still)

Dion McGregor in the Peter DeRome film Mumbo Jumbo (detail from a still)

Uncropped still from Mumbo Jumbo

Uncropped still from Mumbo Jumbo

Dion McGregor on the Long John Nebel Show (1964)

1 Dec
Dion McGregor (1964); Long John Nebel (Life Magazine, 1969)

Dion McGregor (1964); Long John Nebel (Life Magazine, 1969)

Dion McGregor discusses his incredible sleeptalking talents on the Long John Nebel Show (WOR Radio, 1964), shortly after the publication of The Dream World of Dion McGregor (Bernard Geis Associates, 1964) and the Decca album of the same title (recently remastered by Torpor Vigil Industries, as seen in the previous post).

Dream World Remastered!

1 Dec
Dream World of Dion McGregor (Decca, 1962) Cover by Edward Gorey

Dream World of Dion McGregor (Decca, 1962)
Cover by Edward Gorey

Dear Dion McGregor fans and Torpor Vigil Supporters,

It gives me quite a charge to announce the return of one of the funniest and strangest albums of all time. The Dream World of Dion McGregor (He Talks in His Sleep)—first released as a vinyl LP by Decca in 1964—has been remastered from the original tapes by Torpor Vigil Records and is now being offered as a free download. To stream or download this sequence of classic recordings by the legendary sleeptalker, please visit this page:

Every download of the remastered Dream World album includes a markdown of 35% on Samuel Andreyev’s outstanding Tubular West album (both custom CD and download versions). Album details:
Thanks for your time—and, as always, all the best in dream and waking!


Gotye on Dreaming Like Mad

13 Sep

Here’s a tweet from the wonderful Gotye—a new but avid Dion McGregor fan:

USA Today on Dreaming Like Mad

5 Aug

DreamingLikeMadCover_KerryZentner_TorporVigilRecords_smallerSplendid article on the new Dion McGregor album by Whitney Matheson in her USA Today column Pop Candy.



30 Jul

TVR Tees and Tanks now available here:
and here: