I can remember one December night, towards the end of my high school years, sitting in a 7/11 parking lot with my friends listening to WFMU when suddenly a strange voice came onto the radio. The voice sounded familiar, almost like an impersonation of Mark E. Smith. It had the same warbly old English gruff that MES' trademark growl has, but there was something strange about it, something truly naive.
This voice was speak singing over the buzzes of static and half-there "rock" instrumentation, that would click off and seemingly rewind back in place, playing again. The man sang of Marvel superhero Dr. Strange. The song stopped and then a new one started. For years, I wondered what the hell that marvelous insanity was.
And now... I've figured it out. Dennis Greenidge is a sixty year old English singer, cartoonist, and animator. He has gained some notoriety in the area around Notting Hill, London... sending ideas for comics and video games to various shops, along with his music, which is often based on the characters who inhabit his various media ideas.
Little is known about the man, though this YakYak discussion forum includes some rather interesting stories about him. A short film, entitled Greenidge Meantime, shows how Cosmic Dennis makes his songs, as well as some of the characters he has created.
Dennis Greenidge has warmed the hearts of people like Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld and the Monsoon Bassoon, as well as Max Tundra. He even has his own tribute band, the UK-based Telescöper. Give Mr. Greenidge a chance, his music, especially the album Giant Man, Giant Plan is constantly changing, rapid, funny, and even heart warming stuff. I love it!
Some of Dennis' cartoon/movie/game ideas...