Last month I shared a story about my meeting with JT Jackson, a good friend of David Foster Wallace who claimed to be a partial inspiration for the Michael Pemulis character. Jackson also claimed to have invited Wallace over one evening to listen to a record by Dr. Michael Pemulis whose name Wallace would appropriate for one of Infinite Jest’s most popular characters. I asked Jackson if he still had the record because I’d like to share it on my blog.
A reader of this blog, John Rangos III, picked up this Pemulis LP after reading Infinite Jest but was unsure of the connection to the book. My story about Jackson confirmed the connection so Rangos sent me photos of the record. It’s a split 12” with Poet’s Corner. It’s from 1987 and was published on Placebo Records. Placebo was the premiere punk label in Phoenix in the 80’s and was home for bands like Jodie Foster’s Army, Mighty Sphincter, The Feederz, Sun City Girls, The Teds and more.
Here’s a tracklisting and credits for the album.