Andrew W.K.
American singer-songwriter
Andrew W.K.
Andrew Fetterly "LORD OF PARTY" Wilkes Krier, better known by his stagename Andrew W.K. , is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, motivational speaker and music producer. He is the host of the television series Destroy Build Destroy. As a musician, he is perhaps best-known for the 2001 hit single "Party Hard", from the album I Get Wet.
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite songs
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to the final installment of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 15 all-time favorite songs. Remember: these are personal favorites, not “best song” lists or whatever. And unless noted otherwise, these lists are in no particular order. Alex Borkowski 1) Pixies - “Debaser” 2) Wavves - “King of the Beach” 3) tUnE-yArDs - “Hatari” 4) Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - “Bobby Malone Moves Home” 5) Ty Segall – “Caesar” 6) Laura Stevenson and the Cans - “Peachy” 7) Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs” 8 ) LCD Soundsystem - “Dance Yrself Clean” 9) Animal Collective - “Brother Sport” 10) The Mountain Goats - “Jaipur” 11) St. Vincent - “Actor Out of Work” 12) The Velvet Underground - “Heroin” 13) The Flaming Lips - “Do You Realize??” 14) Elliot Smith - “Ballad of Big Nothing” 15) The Beatles - “Octopus’s Garden” —— Chris Osterndorf 1) Nicki Minaj - “Super Bass” 2) Kat ...
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Andrew WK's 'Rob Ford Party Hard' T-Shirt For Sale In Time For The Holidays
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Andrew W.K. and Rob Ford are both best known for partying hard, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before W.K.'s iconic blood-soaked album cover from his debut "I Get Wet," featuring his breakthrough hit "Party Hard," was mashed-up with Toronto's mayor. But who would have thought W.K. himself would be the proud purveyor of this perfect present for your favourite partier? (Well, I guess anyone who had noticed he sold similar items featuring the pair's fellow hard partiers Charlie Sheen and Prince Harry.) Check out the newest addition to Andrew's Official Party Store - it's the VERY LIMITED EDITION, ROB FORD PARTY HARD T-SHIRT! Party harder than ever with this bloody nose parody design featuring the world's most manic mayor in full on party mode! This super special shirt features the partiest politician in the world, available only for a short time. It's your chance to own a unique piece of party memorabilia before it's gone forever - because once these shirts sell out, they m ...
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Nike iD: The Mundane Futuristic Wonder Of Designing Your Own Shoes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Designing your own running shoes on a computer and having them arrive in a box a few weeks later is the sort of thing that is both futuristic and mundane, all at once. Futuristic, because the idea of Nike iD alone - the very conceit - that you can boot up a computer, design a pair of shoes in a few seconds and send them off to a big factory where someone, a robot ideally, will sew, package and send them to your door exactly as you requested, is insane and brilliant. But it's mundane too. Because… well, isn't everything made and sold with a version of this hypnotic vacuum tube dream attached, these days? Computers, cars, bikes, phones - all are custom-built to order. 3D printers allow us to replicate objects from bits of data. Even buying a book on Amazon requires the help of about 20 automata. And since Nike iD was launched in way back in 1999, though in a limited form, it can hardly claim to be all that new. That said, when HuffPost found itself standing in front of ...
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Andrew WK sets world record for longest drum session
Fox News - over 3 years
Rocker drums for 24 hours straight
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My Social List: Live From SXSW -- the Most Buzzed Shows This Week
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Peter Rittweger of My Social List I'm going to do something a bit different this week. I'm going to admit defeat. Save for a handful of shows, New York is basically a buzz graveyard this week. A little festival called SXSW has tapped the city of most of its musical talent. We're talking bands, performers, promoters and even those who live to tell you about it all, like myself. I'm down here for the week and just got my WiFi hookup going so I thought I'd share some buzzable showcases with ya. Tonight's NPR Showcase at Stubb's boasts a one two punch of indie legacy acts who couldn't be much different from one another. Both find themselves at SXSW at different points in their respective 2013 album cycles, the former having just released a much heralded record and the latter gearing up to drop a highly-anticipated major label affair. Push the Sky Away is Nick Cave's 15th studio release, and feels like quintessential Cave, despite 30 years of baritone rock deviancy. Remark ...
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Rethinking rocker in Bahrain - Washington Post
Google News - about 4 years
TIME Rethinking rocker in Bahrain Washington Post It seemed like a pretty neat idea when rocker Andrew W.K. posted on his Web site last week that the State Department was sending him as a cultural ambassador to Bahrain to help folks in that deeply unsettled country. Just Monday, the government used tear ... Andrew WK forced to cancel 'world peace' performance in BahrainThe Guardian Andrew W.K.'s Trip to the Middle East Canceled by State DepartmentAudio Ink Radio Will Andrew WK Really Visit Middle East on Behalf of Partying and State ...TIME The Associated Press -AFP -Spinner all 297 news articles »
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Video: AU - "Solid Gold"
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In addition to the hour-long video of Andrew WK speaking at the My Little Pony Convention, Stereogum offered up another bit of inspiration this morning: in the form of AU's new video, for "Solid Gold." Directed by Roberto Ortu, the video visually interprets the kinetic energy of AU's music with a slight surrealist tilt, finding that roomy, warm place between memory and dream. I can't really tell you the story of the video, although I think it's about brotherhood, or possibly a multiple identity—it's an intriguing clip, and the only gripe I have is that it truncates the original version of the song by about a minute or so. (The full-length version is on AU's current album Both Lights. AU's singer/keyboardist Luke Wyland is doing a solo residency at the Beauty Shop in Fairfield, Iowa, this month, then AU will hit the road with Zammuto, doing a hometown show at the Doug Fir on November 5. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Andrew W.K. Feels the Love at 'My Little Pony' Convention
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
When approaching Andrew WK about any topic one must bear in mind that a common theme in his response will most likely be partying But at Canterlot Gardens a My Little Pony Friendship is Magic convention held in Strongsville Ohio on Friday the man behind "Party Hard" preached a new virtue...
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Tracklist: Andrew WK plays a pizza slice with everything on it guitar
Welcome to the CL Network - over 4 years
>> Stop what you are doing and watch the hilarious booty and Kanye-filled video for 2 Chainz's "Birthday Song." NSFW, natch.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Broke Girls Guide: Weekender: Cooler Temps, Hotter Parties
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After weeks of extreme weather (er, temps exceeding 75 degrees), the heat's finally giving us a much-needed break from its tyranny. To celebrate, we at Broke Girl's Guide are going to run around the city all weekend, hitting up as many festivals, block parties, and trendy hotel pools as possible. Heck, we might even bring a sweater! Friday We've been patiently watching the clock all week because when it hits 5, we're high-tailing it to D-Tox Day Spa in Los Feliz, where they're celebrating their sixth anniversary with a $39 happy hour which includes a 20-minute treatment, wine, and appetizers. Once all toxins are completely and totally purged, it'll be time to load up once again. First, pop over to the nearby, newly-opened third location of Spitz. In addition to their addictive pan-Mediterranean street food, this location also has a carefully selected roster of craft beers. Then, you'll have some geographic decisions to make: should you head downtown to see the C ...
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EVENT: What happens when hipsters throw a Brooklyn block party?
The Brooklyn Paper - over 4 years
See this story at BrooklynPaper.com. By Danielle Furfaro for The Brooklyn Paper Bushwick’s former factories have become home to thousands of artsy young folks — so it’s only fitting the neighborhood’s block parties are a little different than the ones you’ll find elsewhere in the borough. The blocks around the Morgan L station will erupt in a music-art-and-pizza-filled blowout on July 28, say event organizers who will shut down Moore Street between Bogart and White streets to bring out the seemingly abandoned neighborhood’s art-loving denizens for a not-so-old-fashioned block party. “When we first opened here, there was nothing around,” said Anthony Falco, the director of mobile operations for Roberta’s Pizza, which is the main sponsor of the event. “It’s been great to watch the whole area grow, and this is a celebration of that.” And though closing down a street to party is standard Brooklyn fare, this isn’t a standard Brooklyn street. Moore Street has, in many ways, beco ...
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Congratulations, Class of 2012 (Photos and Speeches Here)
Albany Patch - over 4 years
Caps sailed through the air of the Albany High School gym on the evening of June 8. The Graduating Class of 2012—282 strong—walked across the stage amid the applause of friends, teachers and, of course, parents. ========== Valedictorian’s Address — Yvette Zou and Zian Liu Yvette Zou’s speech was not available at the time of publication. Yvette Zou will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall. Zian Lu's speech follows. Greetings, comrades: I still remember the first time I stepped in this gym. We were eighth graders back then, nervously awaiting high school. We were welcomed by Prof Lim-McAlister, who taught us how to say “hello” in Spanish, English and Chinese. I wish bidding farewell could be just as easy, by turning to each other and saying “adiós,” “goodbye,” and “再见,” but too much has happened in the past four years. Too many teachers have inspired us, too many students have changed us, too many parents have helped us, and too many memories have been made. ...
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Groovin’ The Moo, Bendigo Showgrounds – 5/05/2012
Music Feeds - almost 5 years
Featuring its most diverse and cred-filled lineup yet, it’s no surprise the Bendigo leg of Groovin’ The Moo sold out in record time this year (two days).  However, mother nature and the phone gods weren’t completely on side, as 15,000 punters and I endured shivering conditions and terrible reception at the Bendigo Showgrounds – the first stop for regional Australia’s biggest music festival. Thankfully, most of the artists turned up the heat on stage and delivered some quality performances to warm our hearts. Indie star of the moment Matt Corby naturally drew a large crowd in the early main stage slot – most of whom were left swooning at his Jeff Buckley-esque vocals without knowing exactly what song he was singing. That was until his second last song, where he broke into those distinctive “oooh-e-ooo’s” of Brother. Cue mass sing-a-longs, girls scrambling to get on tall guys’ shoulders, and the birth of a festival anthem. Words can’t describe how awful Andrew WK was. Billed as his “ ...
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Andrew WK - Live Gallery At Manchester Academy
Clash - almost 5 years
Photos by Andy Cook "WK himself remains someone endearing and simultaneously terrifying. Grinning manically like an Aphex Twin video extra he pounds out complex piano solos with ease" Click here to read a full review of the gig.
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Interview: Andrew WK - ‘Partying kept me going through the hard times’
Guardian - almost 5 years
WHAT a decade it’s been for Andrew WK. But it hasn’t all been a party. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of his smash debut I Get Wet ahead of his UK tour, Andrew WK talks to reporter Andrew Trendell about tough times, New York, Sonisphere and partying hard.
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5 things today: Andrew WK, Sarah Emerson
Welcome to the CL Network - almost 5 years
1. Andrew WK plays Masquerade 2.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Andrew W.K. enjoying return to musical roots
The Morning Call - Blogs - almost 5 years
"I'm just a mouthpiece for all kinds of wisdom," is how rock-star-turned-motivational-personality-turned-rock-star-again Andrew W.K. explains his weird second life as a public speaker. "I didn't come up with any of it. ... I'm like a megaphone. I'm like a tool. Literally and figuratively."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andrew W.K.
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    Andrew W.K. is featured on Nekrogoblikon's album titled Heavy Meta released on June 2, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details W.K. appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on December 11, 2015. Andrew has made multiple appearances on MTV, MTV2, and VH1, hosting shows such as The Most Outrageous Frontmen, with Johnny Knoxville and Backstage Pass at the Warped Tour. Andrew was the focus of a televised live performance at Cleveland's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, broadcast on MTV. He's also made appearances on the shows, I Love The 90's, I Love The New Millennium, Black to the Future, I Love The Holidays, The Great Debate, Best Week Ever and The Osbournes. Andrew was also featured on a popular MTV show called Crashing With Andrew W.K., which documented Andrew's visit to a girl's dorm at North Carolina Central University. In 2004, Andrew had a television show on MTV2 titled Your Friend, Andrew W.K.. In the series, fans would write letters to Andrew, asking for his help. Andrew would pick certain letters and go to visit them. The series lasted for 11 episodes, each about 9 or 10 minutes in length. During the filming of the show, Andrew was in a car crash but sustained no serious injuries.
    On April 28, 2015, Andrew announced a new radio show called America W.K. on TheBlaze Radio Network, the new show will be a two-hour Saturday program focusing on "what it is to be alive — meaning, motivation, mind set, and making dreams come true, all included in a celebration of life itself — and all with a positive and honest outlook". Andrew lives in Midtown Manhattan with his wife, Cheryl Pourtabib, also known as Cherie Lily. They were introduced by their heavy-metal voice teacher and married four years later, on October 4, 2008, at Santos Party House, a nightclub in Chinatown that Andrew co-owns.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In January 2014, The Village Voice announced a new weekly advice column from Andrew called "Ask Andrew W.K." The column appears in the print edition of the paper, as well as Village Voice online.
    More Details Hide Details Outside of his solo work, Andrew also performs with and produces music for the avant-garde ensemble To Live and Shave in L.A.. He first appeared on the band's 2004 release "God and Country Rally!". He co-produced their 2006 studio album Noon and Eternity, and appears on the group's other 2006 release, the "chronological remix" project Horoscopo: Sanatorio de Molière. In late 2006, Andrew re-worked his song "Fun Night" into a theme song for the Arizona Sundogs, a hockey team. The song was titled "Sundogs (It Just Got Hotter)". The song "Fun Night" also appeared in the film Old School during one of the party scenes. Andrew was also a judge for the 5th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. On July the 7th 2007 (7/7/07) at 7:07 pm, Andrew appeared as one of the 77 drummers in the 77 Boadrum concert held at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York which was organized by Japanese noise rock group Boredoms.
    In September 2014, Andrew gave a lecture on his philosophy of partying at Baltimore School for the Arts as part of The Contemporary museum's speaker series called "CoHosts."
    More Details Hide Details In the same month, he also brought his advice column, "Ask Andrew W.K.," to life in an intimate setting at New York City nightclub, Santos Party House. Andrew wrote a monthly column in FRONT Magazine in the UK. Andrew also wrote a monthly advice column in the Japanese magazine "Rockin' On", which ran for 10 years - from 2002 until 2012 - and resulted in a book of all the advice columns compiled, called "I Will Change Your Life." In September 2013, Andrew announced that his first book about partying, "The Party Bible," will be published by Simon & Schuster. The announcement, first broken on The A.V. Club, is accompanied by a video of the "Party Hard" rock icon's physical and mental preparation for the literary task.
    In August 2014, Andrew hosted his own show on Kerrang!
    More Details Hide Details TV called Andrew W.K.'s Party Hard 100 in which he counted down some of the most party videos on Earth. Andrew also guest co-hosted 6 episodes of Pivot's TakePart Live alongside Meghan McCain and Jacob Soboroff. Recently, Andrew appeared as a guest on The SDR Show with Ralph Sutton and Big Jay Oakerson. He has also made a comeback to Cartoon Network in late March on Pete Browngart's animated series Uncle Grandpa as himself hosting a party alongside Pizza Steve and Mr. Gus. In addition to producing his own music on the albums I Get Wet, The Wolf and Close Calls with Brick Walls, Andrew has continued to expand his musical output to include producing and mixing music for other artists as well as working on special commercial and corporate music projects. These include the production of music exclusively for commercial use on television and radio.
    In 2014, Andrew appeared on Fuse TV's Insane Clown Posse Theater with Insane Clown Posse.
    More Details Hide Details Andrew also starred in Lil BUB's Special Special on Animal Planet alongside Lil Bub herself and Amy Sedaris. The TV special premiered on Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 pm right after the Too Cute show. Andrew's trip to a safari park is the subject of the documentary film, Party Safari (2014), by Nik Box & Chris Hines.
    On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Andrew co-hosted the Relentless Kerrang!
    More Details Hide Details Awards alongside Scott Ian of Anthrax. The event was held at East London's Troxy. W.K. also made an appearance as himself in the Cyanide and Happiness show. Most recently, he appeared as a fictional version of himself, "Intern Andrew W.K.," in a live show for Welcome to Night Vale, entitled "The Librarian."
    In June 2014, Andrew was announced to speak as a guest lecturer at the Oxford Union. W.K.'s keynote, titled Andrew W.K. and The Philosophy of Partying, discussed his signature message of positive power and celebratory self-confidence.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding the lecture, Oxford's Nick Fowler said: "In my opinion, Andrew is one of Rock N’ Roll’s great philosophers." And the Oxford University Rock Society offered their own statement: "We've seen rock stars, we've seen brilliant public speakers, but rarely are they the same person, and rarely do they have as intriguing and broad a background as Andrew W.K."
  • 2012
    Age 32
    In September 2012, while attending a fan convention for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, he expressed the possibility of recording a new album.
    More Details Hide Details In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread in October 2014, Wilkes-Krier stated that while his other career ventures had kept him from releasing a new studio album, he was eager to record one: "I've been stock-piling new songs for several years. I really want to make a new album as soon as possible." In 2005, Andrew announced that he would begin performing as a self-help, new age motivational speaker. He accepted invitations to speak at Yale University, New York University, the University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon University, the Cooper Union, Missouri Western State University, and Northeastern University. During 2007, Andrew performed a series of unpredictable happenings as part of his "One Man Show" tour. Each event began with Andrew improvising on the piano alone on a stage before they frequently evolved into giant parties, with most of the audience dancing on stage with Andrew, themselves playing the piano and singing the lyrics.
    In June 2012, W.K. announced that he would be appearing at the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan convention Canterlot Gardens.
    More Details Hide Details His appearance was announced as a motivational seminar on "How to Party like Pinkie Pie", based on one of the show's lead characters, Pinkie Pie. The appearance was featured in Rolling Stone, and was co-hosted by musician and personality Klisk Midori.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    In March 2011, Andrew W.K. released a new EP entitled The "Party All Goddamn Night" EP, which consists of five new tracks and two previously released singles.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    To promote the set, Andrew W.K. joined the 2010 Warped Tour as a headlining act for the entire tour.
    More Details Hide Details A music video for the single "I Want to See You Go Wild" from Close Calls with Brick Walls, directed by Peter Glantz, was released in June 2010.
    With all prior legal disputes over credit and naming settled, in March 2010 Andrew W.K. and the newly named Steev Mike label presented its first official release: a repackaged 2-disc version of Close Calls with Brick Walls with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material entitled Mother of Mankind.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    The two had met when Andrew interviewed Perry for DirecTV. "Repentance" was nominated for "Best Reggae Album" in the 2009 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details On February 20, 2008, Andrew released an exclusive ringtone commissioned by Universal Music Japan for the Japanese mobile phone market. The song is called, "Sonna no Kankei Ne Rock", which celebrates a then popular catch-phrase by a TV Talent, "Sonna no Kankei Ne, Hai Oppappi!" This translates to, "I Don't Give A Damn, Yes Oppappi!" The ringtone was first announced on a Japanese national T.V. program called Music Station and had over 3,500 downloads that day. Cumulative sales of ringtone are over 20,000. Andrew's song debuted at No.1 in Label Mobile's International daily ringtone chart. Label Mobile is the biggest mobile retailer in Japan. In Spring of 2008, Andrew and three partners opened a multi-level nightclub and live concert hall in downtown Manhattan, New York City. The venue is named Santos Party House, and features of dance floor and concert facilities, and over 150 loud-speakers. The space is designed for disco dancing and live music. It was one of the few new venues in New York City to be granted a liquor license and a cabaret license. The cabaret license means people can legally dance until 4 am. Since opening, Santos Party House has received numerous awards, including: The People's Choice Award for Best Night Club, Best New Club, Best DJ Night (from Paper Magazine), Best New Dance Floor (from The Village Voice), and many more.
    Andrew has collaborated with Canada's Nardwuar the Human Serviette and his band The Evaporators to record the split 7" A Wild Pear, released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They worked together again on a pair of tracks for The Evaporators' 2012 album Busy Doing Nothing. In 2012, it was believed that the United States State Department had named W.K. the U.S. Cultural Ambassador to Bahrain. In reality, he had been merely asked to speak at the Embassy as part of a cultural speakers program, an invitation which, upon further reflection, was repealed "because it did not meet the standards of the State Department." Andrew set a world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store at the MTV O Music Awards on Thursday, June 20, 2013 after drumming non-stop for 24 hours.
    Recorded entirely by Wilkes-Krier and consisting of his spontaneous solo piano improvisations, the album was released on September 7, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In a piece written by Andrew W.K. for The Guardian to accompany the release of the album, he explained that the last decade had "been so fraught with legal trouble" that he began to suffer hallucinations, which inspired him to produce the album, and that successful negotiations with the party in dispute with him had allowed him to start a new label and release 55 Cadillac, which he described as "the sound of a piano being played by a free man – nothing more, nothing less." New negotiations were undertaken over the UK release of 55 Cadillac, as "certain people who weren't credited because they weren’t involved with the recording... had to be given credit," owing to previous contracts. Wilkes-Krier and his management settled by renaming Skyscraper Music Maker as Steev Mike, thereby ensuring that credit was given through their names being included in the new name, which the parties involved saw as a reasonable compromise. All prior complaints were dropped and Wilkes-Krier was then allowed to release the album worldwide.
    In February 2009, Wilkes-Krier found a loophole in his contractual constraints and formed his own record label Skyscraper Music Maker, basing it in London, England and Manhattan, New York.
    More Details Hide Details DAMN! The Mixtape Vol. 1, a compilation of W.K.'s production work for Skyscraper Music Maker artists Bad Brilliance, Aleister X, and Cherie Lily, with music by New York producer, DJ B-Roc was released on May 25, 2009. Wilkes-Krier's fifth studio album 55 Cadillac served as the label's second release.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    On Friday, December 5, 2008, an Andrew W.K. fan named Dominic Owen Mallary died after an accident while his band Last Lights performed at Boston University.
    More Details Hide Details Dominic had always said that he wanted to have Andrew W.K. play during his funeral. After several friends of Dominic emailed him, Andrew came to the wake, and played classical piano for the entire time after paying his respects. Andrew has formed a group The Brill Sisters with guitarist Matt Sweeney and producer Don Fleming. They played their first show (without Fleming) at Santos Party House on April 2, 2009. The entire group performed together on April 21, 2009. Andrew is also the host on the Cartoon Network original Destroy Build Destroy.
    On November 26, 2008, under Universal Music Group, he released his fourth studio album, The Japan Covers, which consisted entirely of cover versions of J-Pop songs, as well as a compilation entitled The Very Best So Far.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    In March 2006, during an episode of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones' radio show Jonesy's Jukebox, Andrew W.K. debuted a new song entitled "I'm a Vagabond".
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    Andrew W.K. recorded his third studio album Close Calls with Brick Walls from 2005 to 2006, but legal disputes surrounding ownership of W.K.'s name prevented it from receiving its intended full-scale release in 2006, and as a result it only saw official release in Japan that year.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2009, writing in the British newspaper, The Guardian, Andrew acknowledged that the legal disputes surrounding his name had originated from a former colleague, disputes which were apparently also connected the "Steev Mike" website hacking: A lecture recorded at Madame Jojo's in London in September 2008 was published online by The Guardian in which W.K. addressed claims about his "secret history" in a tongue-in-cheek manner, making reference to various conspiracy theories which emerged in the wake of the aforementioned disputes. Apparently in response to criticism and confusion over these statements, Andrew W.K. published an article on January 3, 2010 on his official website declaring himself to be "a real person who thinks for himself" and "not the victim of anyone or group of people trying to influence my career or life." On February 14, at a Q&A event hosted by W.K. at the Santos Party House, he admitted that while legally he could not answer certain questions, he once again affirmed: "I am Andrew W.K., the same that has been here from the beginning... I am... I am, I am the same Andrew W.K. at this appearance as at all Andrew W.K.-related appearances."
  • 2004
    Age 24
    In November 2004, an unknown entity calling himself "Steev Mike" – a pseudonym Andrew W.K. had used for himself on several of his releases – launched a number of websites accusing W.K. of fraud and not being behind his own career.
    More Details Hide Details After W.K.'s official website was hacked, apparently by the same entity, W.K. attempted to address the confusion in a public statement in which he wrote, "PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE STEEV MIKE. I USED TO CALL MYSELF STEEV MIKE A LONG TIME AGO AND IT'S NOTHING NOW. Someone is trying to confuse you and make me look bad." In May 2009, W.K. discussed the accusations in an interview with British magazine Front, in which he stated that "the nature of how we presented my initial offerings caused some confusion, even though I tried to make it as straightforward as possible," and: "Different people I've worked with and different parts of my back story have gotten twisted and changed. But I made the music on my albums – I had a lot of help from incredible people, but not the kind of help that some people think." Wilkes-Krier has denied various theories accusing him of being a fake entity through his official social media accounts.
  • 2003
    Age 23
    In late 2003, W.K. released his second studio album The Wolf.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to I Get Wet, which was recorded by W.K. with his live band, The Wolf featured W.K. playing all instruments, with use of overdubbbing of these instrument sections being heavily used in its production. The album spawned the singles "Tear It Up" and "Never Let Down" in the United States, while the song "Long Live the Party" was a minor hit in Japan. On tour for The Wolf, Andrew W.K. was injured on stage and broke his foot. After the concert, he signed autographs from the ambulance. Not wanting to let his fans down, he performed the remainder of the tour in a wheelchair.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    In 2002, Andrew W.K. and Alec Rominger re-recorded his song "We Want Fun" from AWKGOJ for the soundtrack of Jackass: The Movie; an accompanying music video was also produced, filmed and directed by Jeff Tremaine with additional camera work by Spike Jonze.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    W.K.'s major-label debut studio album, I Get Wet, was released on November 13, 2001 on Island Records.
    More Details Hide Details Continuing the sound established by his previous Bulb Records EPs, I Get Wet is characterized by its metal and punk rock influences and lyrical content revolving around partying. The album is also well known for its cover art: a photograph by Roe Ethridge of Andrew W.K. with a stream of blood running from his nose onto his chin and neck, which generated minor controversy in Europe after it was seen to represent cocaine abuse. To achieve the effect, W.K. initially said that he struck himself in the face with a brick during the photo shoot, but later explained that it did not lead to enough blood flow. Consequently, he supplemented his own blood with some of an animal which he got from a butcher's shop. I Get Wet earned positive press from publications such as NME and Kerrang! and featured two UK hit singles, "Party Hard" and "She Is Beautiful", also rising to the top spot on Billboards Top Heatseekers albums chart. At the same time, W.K. also developed a reputation for his highly energetic live shows.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    In 1999, he moved to Seffner, Florida, to start a band with drummer Donald "D.T." Tardy.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2000, Wilkes-Krier released his first EP, Girls Own Juice, also abbreviated as AWKGOJ, on Bulb Records, which would be his first solo release under the moniker Andrew W.K. (he had first been credited as "Andrew W.K." for a remix entitled "Wolf Eyes Rules (What Kinda Band?)" for the noise rock band Wolf Eyes) and marked the beginnings of a hard rock-influenced musical style with elements of his more experimental tendencies, described as "Judas Priest mixed with Sparks" by Magas, a collaborator of W.K.'s. The release increased buzz for W.K., centered around his "hedonistic, so-dumb-it's-smart rawk." Andrew W.K. continued to build his reputation by performing various solo gigs in the New York and other East Coast areas. Wilkes-Krier and a close friend, Matt Sweeney, later shopped out a number of Andrew W.K. demo tapes, each accompanied by a handwritten letter written by Sweeney, to various individuals. One tape reached alternative rock musician Dave Grohl; impressed, Grohl offered Andrew W.K. a slot opening for his band Foo Fighters at a concert in San Francisco, which he accepted.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    In 1998, W.K. moved from Michigan to New York City, where he worked as a bubblegum machine salesman, a parking attendant, and a waiter when he was not playing music.
    More Details Hide Details He ended AAB and began a new solo project; the year saw the release of a cassette-only single entitled Room to Breathe on Hanson Records. A follow-up release entitled You Are What You Eat was scrapped when the master recordings went missing. W.K. also recorded the soundtrack for an independent film named Poltergeist made by Aaron Dilloway and himself, one track of which appeared on the Hanson Hanson Records compilation Labyrinths & Jokes.
  • 1993
    Age 13
    In 1993, at the age of 14, he joined the band Slam, later to be called Reverse Polarity.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, a song recorded by W.K. entitled "Mr. Surprise" was included on Plant the Flower Seeds, a compilation by the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based record label Westside Audio Laboratories, marking his first publicly-released recording. Over the next 5 years, W.K. would play in a number of Detroit-based punk rock and heavy metal bands, including The Pterodactyls, Lab Lobotomy, Music Band, and Mr. Velocity Hopkins. in addition to forming the noise rock project Ancient Art of Boar, later known as AAB, which essentially served as an outlet for his solo material.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on May 9, 1979.
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