I realized something this morning while listening to "Jesus Was a Androgyne": There is a brand of weirdness that needs to be addressed: the Authentic Weirdo category. As I have explained in earlier posts, the Advanced Theory came out of conversations that Britt and I had about what it means to be a "weirdo." When I say someone is Overt, it means that they are trying to appear strange in an obvious way. For instance, if everybody believes that a pop song can only be three minutes, write one that is seven minutes. If everyone is singing about love, incense, and peppermints, write a song about transvestites and hard drugs. Advanced artists move beyond this stage into a style of strangeness that is much more difficult to understand. You can tell that Lou Reed makes weird music, but it is a weirdness all its own, a weirdness that doesn't stick to the formula of "if this is popular, I'll do the opposite."
However, both the Overt and the Advanced make conscious decisions to be a certain way. In fact, the theory is based on the idea that Advanced geniuses know exactly what they are doing, no matter how ridiculous their latest project seems. But the Authentic Weirdo is just a very strange person who can't help but to make weird music. Lou Reed could write hits if he wanted to, but he chose a different path. Artists like Dory Previn, though, would love to make normal music, but they just can't. Most of the Authentic Weridos are mentally ill, of course. Wesley Willis is one of them. Michael Jackson is another.
I guess this is all my way of saying I really don't understand what is behind "Jesus Was a Androgyne." Maybe her influences are clear to others, but I do know that it is more Authentically Weird than anything you'll hear on a Sonic Youth record.