Tag Archives: Dion McGregor

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.

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:

* http://gotye.com/blog.html

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: https://samuelandreyev.bandcamp.com/album/the-tubular-west
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.


Dion Inside Out

30 Jul


David De Meuter has curated a compilation of outsider tracks for the latest Musics in the Margin release from Sub Rosa. It includes two Dion McGregor tracks, together for the first time (one’s from The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor and the other has just come out on the new Dreaming Like Mad album).

Details about the Inside Out Music release can be found here:


The day after receiving my copies, I awoke to discover that the cover art had uncannily camouflaged itself against the August 2003 issue of Country Living.

Dreaming Like Mad Release

14 Jul

The official release date of the new Dion McGregor album is July 20th. Pre-orders have been filled—and it’s truly exciting to get some enthusiastic early reactions to the audio, the CD package, and the t-shirts/tank tops (featuring Kerry Zentner’s cover art).

To see related posts, kindly drop by the Dreaming Like Mad Facebook page:

I’d better start tweeting, too, now that I’m into the getting-it-out-there phase!

There’s still work to be done before the 20th, but everything’s up and running on the Dion McGregor Bandcamp site (with the possible exception of shirts and prints):

What have I got for a picture this time … ? How about the earliest known photo of Dion (photographer unknown):Young Dion McGregor

Best from Torpor Vigil HQ in Toronto,



The Time Has Come for Dreaming Like Mad!

19 Jun

Praise Morpheus, the god of dreams: the new Dion McGregor album is finished at last!

Preorders for the CD will be filled the first week of July. Meanwhile, I’ll be making the download version available not just to those who preordered it but to those who’ve been awaiting the disc and will have to wait a little longer for it to be shipped.

Each unavoidable delay presented an opportunity to improve upon the layout and design of the album. This new release will be a worthy offering on the golden anniversary of The Dream World of Dion McGregor.

New orders for the album, in CD and download forms, will be filled starting the second week of July–a month shy of the tenth anniversary of The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor (the first “dream world” compilation from Torpor Vigil).

I can guarantee you, this new Dion McGregor release will be nothing to thumb your nose at!*

Steve Venright

* You’ll know what I’m talking about when you hear the dreams.

Annie Paladino “Dreama”s Again

9 Apr
Annie Paladino's show inspired by the dreams of Dion McGregor

Annie Paladino’s show inspired by the dreams of Dion McGregor

Annie Paladino is remounting her wonderful solo show Dreama, in Seattle. The show was “written” by Dion McGregor in his sleep: Annie inhabits his dream world as she vocally recreates some of the great sleeptalker’s somniloquies. Here’s the Facebook page, and the link to tickets:

Kickstarter Blog Interview About Dreaming Like Mad

21 Mar

Sam Hockley-Smith had some excellent questions for me about the forthcoming Dion McGregor album.

Kickstarter: Final Week

19 Mar

This is the final week for the Dreaming Like Mad Kickstarter campaign!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1823544782/dreaming-like-mad-with-dion-mcgregor *

NPR Broadcast About Dion McGregor

18 Mar

NPR’s All Things Considered aired a new interview about Dion McGregor with sleep and dream expert Dr. Deirdre Barrett (who’s been studying Dion’s somniloquies) and fellow Harvard prof Dr. Robert Stickgold. A splendid prelude to the new Dreaming Like Mad album!

NPR, USA Today, and Kickstarter Updates

15 Mar
Dion McGregor (from the archive of Phil Milstein; photographer unknown)

Dion McGregor (from the archive of Phil Milstein; photographer unknown)

The awareness/fundraising campaign for the forthcoming Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor album got a boost from Whitney Matheson in her USAtoday.com column Pop Candy, and tracks from the new album will soon be featured on the NPR program All Things Considered. For details, and to read other updates on the DLM Kickstarter campaign, the best idea is to go here:

NPR Interview: Dion McGregor’s Further Somniloquies

1 Mar
Inverted version of Richard A. Kirk's cover illustration for The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor

Negative of of Richard A. Kirk’s cover illustration for The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor

Here’s a 2005 interview about Dion McGregor on the NPR show To the Best of Our Knowledge.