I'm So Used to Losing

by Bingo Gazingo

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Murray Wachs, better known as Bingo Gazingo (June 2, 1924 – Jan. 1, 2010) was a legendary New York street poet and colorful character. In the 2000s, Bingo performed every Monday night at the Bowery Poetry Club in downtown Manhattan. He died at age 85 on New Year's Day 2010 when he was struck by a cab on his way to perform at the Bowery Poetry Club.

A dazzling wordsmith of Beefheartian bent, Gazingo usually recited lyrics without listening to what the band behind him was playing, causing an arrhythmic disconnect between words and music. His lyrics were often self-deprecating, absurd, confrontational, angry, and crude, with such titles as “Up Your Jurassic Park,” “I Love You So Fucking Much I Can’t Shit,” “Two Pack Shaker,” and “Oh Madonna (You Stole My Pants).”

Wachs was born in Queens, New York. In 1997 he recorded an album at WFMU radio studios with R. Stevie Moore, Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Dave Amels, Chris Butler (Waitresses, Tin Huey), Bob Brainen, and Chris Bolger. He also made a number of recordings with My Robot Friend (Howard Rigberg). In addition to performing at various clubs in New York, Bingo made a handful of appearances in Europe.

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released September 3, 2017

Produced by Leo Abrahams, 2009
All songs © Bingo Gazingo and Leo Abrahams
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3, 7, and 11 © Bingo Gazingo, Leo Abrahams, and Ed Harcourt
4 © Bingo Gazingo and James Wolff
5 © Bingo Gazingo and Kari Kleiv

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