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Sir Ivan


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File this guy under “so completely ridiculous, he’s actually kind of awesome.” Seriously, we’re really hoping this post gets us invited to one of the parties at his 15,000 sq ft. castle in the Hamptons. Yeah, we’re whores.

“Sir Ivan” Wilzig is the son of a billionaire banker (and Auschwitz survivor) who quit the family business in 2000 to chase his dreams—which, in his case, apparently consisted of dressing up like a superhero and making really bad techno versions of classic ’60s protest songs. (Here’s a wild guess: Shortly before quitting his banking job, Ivan had a really mind-blowing night of ecstasy-fueled debauchery at some New York nightclub and possibly a candy-raver afterparty.)

The punchline to Sir Ivan’s story, of course, is that his cheesy Eurodisco versions of “Imagine” and “San Francisco” were very successful. There’s really no end to the market for bad dance music—even when it’s delivered by a middle-aged dude in a superhero cape. Actually, these days, every electronic act from the Bloody Beetroots to Deadmau5 dresses up in weird costumes, so maybe Ivan was really ahead of the curve.

Anyway, after laying low for a few years (apart from being a contestant on a reality TV show called Who Wants To Be A Superhero? and making this amazing appearance on VH1’s The Fabulous Life), Sir Ivan is back and promising to release a full-length album called I Am Peaceman later this year. The album features 15 tracks done in his inimiatable style, which he calls rocktronica, which is actually a pretty major improvement over “Technippy”, which is what he used to call his stuff (cause it’s techno + hippie music…get it? yeah, nevermind).

The first single from I Am Peaceman is a techno version of—I shit you not—”Kumbaya.” The video for it is below. It’s pretty painful stuff, but tough it out til the 1:38 mark, when there’s a batshit-crazy closeup of Ivan that’s well worth the price of admission. He’s like the Jewish Tom Jones—if the Welsh tiger had gobbled some shrooms at Burning Man and stumbled into one of the dance tents.

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I'm the brains behind The Weirdest Band in the World. Andy's just the good looking one.

Posted on March 10, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. charlotte rae

    Ivan Wilzig and all his perverted swinger friends like DJ Lee Kalt, Irving Shabbot, etc. are wannabe rapists. Those men force themselves onto women to the point where they have to push them off – they don’t take “No” for an answer. Everything that goes on at that “castle” is disgusting and wrong, and these men who pressure women into giving them sex are vile low-lives. You have to be afraid as a woman to enter those premises, the men like Ivan are lecherous (and usually not sober-minded). Ivan is a pervert and a terrible example of a human being.

  2. Sir Ivan demonstrated his passion and imagination.
    I love the fact that he is real and his love for his fellow human beings and the animals come out in his rhythm through his spirit of creativity and love.
    I can listen to this over and over. Thank you for your selfless expression of Love and Spirit.

  3. I dont care what anyone says. This guys got soul damnit! You all need to learn from Sir Ivan and chase your dream, No mater how crazy it may seem and what age you are, it is still your dream!!!

  4. LOL!
    WTF?!?
    I wanna interview that guy, seriously . . .

  5. Thank yu for illuminating us with Sir Ivan. I wanna know where he gets his pills.

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