Tangela Tricoli

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Years after the release of her 1982 vanity-pressed LP, Jet Lady, Tangela Tricoli began to garner a following among fans of "outsider" music -- that is, music made without the benefit of what most listeners…
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Years after the release of her 1982 vanity-pressed LP, Jet Lady, Tangela Tricoli began to garner a following among fans of "outsider" music -- that is, music made without the benefit of what most listeners would consider conventional artistic talent, but valued by a small minority for its unique quirkiness. Tricoli was not a musician by profession, but an airline pilot, eventually rising to the position of top-ranked female pilot at American Airlines. A Renaissance woman of sorts with many interests, she also found time to host a goofy cable show in Los Angeles, Tangela Tonight; run for the mayor of L.A.; and, in 1982, record the weird tunes that made up Jet Lady. While "Stinky Poodle" is the most famous track from that LP, it was surrounded by equally strange odes to flying, space, a housewife's life, the supermarket, and love. Primitively recorded, it was entirely arranged, composed, and performed (usually on plunky guitar, sometimes with piano and synthesizer) by Tricoli. Only 1,000 copies were pressed, but the album became much easier to find when it was reissued on CD in 2004, with bonus tracks and enhanced CD video footage of Tricoli in the early '80s.