I Must Have Been Out of My Mind :: On the Flawed Beauty of Peter Laughner

For a minute there in the early 1970s, they tried calling Lou Reed the “Phantom of Rock.” It might have been a better fit for Peter Laughner. Since the Cleveland singer/songwriter/guitarist’s death in 1977, the Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu member has been a spectral presence in the underground, more heard of than heard. Laughner only made it to his 24th year. But he packed an unbelievable amount of musical activity into that brief span of time – and we’re finally getting a full portrait of the man via a long-in-the-works five-disc collection from Smog Veil Records, simply titled “Peter Laughner.” It was worth the wait.