Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. The New York-area noncommercial, free-form station features programming ranging from pure rock and roll to flat-out uncategorizable strangeness such as cooking instructions, off-kilter kids' music, and spoken-word mash-ups. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide--begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programming--was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that quickly gained noteriety and earned its own devoted cult following. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured--and valuable--collector's items.
The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU collects for the first time the magazine's best writing and artwork including work by some of the biggest superstars of the cultural underground, such as Harvey Pekar, Nick Tosches, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Kaz, Ken Freedman, Luc Sante, Johnny Marr, Amy Rigby, Mark Newgarden, Ron English, Daniel Johnston, Richard Sala, Tony Millionaire, Pat Moriarity, Wayno, and many more.
For the past twenty-five years Dave the Spazz has been hosting a weekly radio show, self-publishing, and doing freelance writing and artwork. He's been singing in a few punk rock bands and holding down one crummy job after another. He is obsessed with the extraordinary and the routine. His artwork, writing, musical endeavors, and radio broadcasting have been an extension of his take on the modern world.
The Spazz is currently working on a history of anthropomorphism in the world of entertainment, tentatively titled "They Dress Up Chimps, Don't They?"
Peep shows and porn kings, San Antonio Current:
"The Best of L(C)D... may be the first book from a serious pubisher (Princeton Architectural Press) devoted soley to a zine put out by an alternative radio station.
Given cartoonists well known afffinity for oddball and obscure music, its no suprise to see Friedman and Clowed joined here by an array of cartoonists from James Kochalka and Joe Sacco to Charles Burns, along with non-comic figures like Daniel Johnson and Jim Jarmusch."
— John DeFore
River Cities' Reader:
"From missives on "monster punk garage music" to Dadaists Coyle & Sharpe to anti-rock-and-roll books from the born-again community to songwriter Doc Pomus, every page is an eyeball-twitching, gut-busting wonder."
"For the radioheads on your list, The Best of LCD is a throwback visual treat."
"you'll no doubt agree with what it says on the back cover of this book: "WFMU is the coolest radio station arounn." And you'll want to read every page."
New York Post:
"For those who dont know, WFMU (91.1 FM) is the best, craziest, the most eclectic radio station around. And this labor of love from deejay Dave the Spazz and the rest of his quirky cohorts captures that karma in print. The book is like a more subversive MAD with a concentration on primitive rocknroll, kooky pop music and art direction by someone like R. Crumb. Our faves include an essay on Killer Monster Punk Garage Music and The Hounds Guide to Buying Re-Issues."
""a compilation of the seemingly schizophrenic radio station's warmly remembered defunct program guide, featuring Harvey Pekar, Chris Ware, Luc Sante, and others."'"
"Connoisseurs of the bizarre have a bountiful flea market of vaguely dated junk to explore, including a distinctly creepy interview with Gumby creator Art Clokey, an in-depth feature on obscure Hawaiian exotica records and enough wholly inexplicable and vulgar cartoons that one can imagine R. Crumb being a big fan. For those who delight in failed show-business tales, the sporadic contributions of Andy Breckman, a former SNL staff writer and Don cLean tourmate, are laugh out loud highlights each time they appear. "
"In this age of something-for-everyone satelite radio, its easy to forget the original innovators of the airwaves. For the last half-century, New Yorks poineering free-form station WFMU has consistantly broadcast an array of eclectic programing, from left-leaning political comentary to any and all genres of music.
This best-of collection features illustrations, cartoons, essays, and other ephemere that appeared in those pages, as well as the writings and artwork of Gary Panter, The Best of LCD is a throwback visual treat."
— Julia Cosgrove