About

Thee Ipso Factory is:

  • a vanity site for Nick Glossop, aka Buster Friendly
  • a radio show on CJSR 88.5 FM
  • intelligent use of primitive sound
  • radio to set your teeth on edge, where they belong
  • eclectica ad absurdum
  • where the ipsos come from

The Buster Friendly Show has been broadcast in several time-slots under various names on a couple of different radio stations. It started as Hanging Lucid on CJSR, 88.5 FM in Edmonton in 1986, then became Humming in the Men’s Room, then Life Without Skin, The Reston Monkey House, God on Toast, and finally The Ipso Factory. Between 1991 and 1996, it was the 20th Century Charles Dickens Experience (a name lifted from Irish songwriter Andy White) on WHPK, 88.5 FM in Chicago.

Buster Friendly is a character invented by Philip K. Dick for his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Buster Friendly chose not to appear in the Ridley Scott film adaptation Blade Runner because he’s a writer/director/leading man or no deal.