Who Is Jandek, Outsider Music’s Most Mysterious Recluse?

Since 1978, Houston, Texas native Sterling Richard Smith has been creating polarizing music under the alias Jandek. Released under Smith’s own label Corwood Industries, Jandek’s current discography consists of over 40 full-length albums. A cacophony of out-of-tune guitars, pained half-sung, half-spoken vocals, and cryptic lyrics that are thought to reflect their narrator’s state of mental […]