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Bingo Gazingo

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Bingo Gazingo was an elderly poet and former postal worker from New York City. Two versions, each also titled Bingo Gazingo, have been released of the only single-artist album ever released by WFMU – the first on cassette, the second on CD. (Among other changes, the CD replaced Ravel's with an improvised bolero as accompaniment to "Bingo's Bolero.")

The album consists of Bingo's reading his poems to an improvised musical accompaniment by R. Stevie Moore and Bob Brainen. Often, the background music to his frantic incantations was nothing more than a cassette tape inserted into a cheap cigar-box tape recorder and miked.

Bingo's poems often contain humorous rhyme schemes and crude language, with titles like "Up Your Jurassic Park" and "I Love You So Fucking Much I Can't Shit." He penned hyper-caffeinated odes to Madonna, Tupac Shakur, and Beavis and Butt-Head, and had his "Everything's O.K. at the O.K. Corral" (a dreamy remniscence of the cowboy movie serials by an old nurse-attended man) featured on a 1996 CD produced by the famed Greenwich Village coffeehouse Fast Folk Cafe.

Bingo was accompanied and interpreted by My Robot Friend performing his "World's Greatest Hacker" at the Outsider Music Festival at Time Cafe (downstairs from Fez) in New York City and, according to what My Robot Friend said there, also at appearances in Europe.

Bingo Gazingo has published photos.