Jim Shaw is the kind of artist who likes to collect. He started as a kid, with comic books and a library of Monsters magazine. As a teen, he progressed to records, where he refined his taste for the bizarre. One early score was "You're My Girl," a compilation of mood music and poetry delivered morosely by "Dragnet" star Jack Webb: "You're my girl, the boys all know / You're my girl, I've told them so."
From there, Shaw moved on to other curious bits of cultural ephemera: garage sale ceramics, Christian tracts, medical illustrations, anti-Masonic literature and literature that he describes as "right-wing crackpot stuff."