On top of everything else, Monsieur Lewis deserves to go down in history as one of the great avant-garde noise-rock guitar heroes of all time.
You know -- as in Mars, DNA, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks...bands like that.
And speaking of DNA, as you will doubtless notice, Jerry's guitar solos in the clip above sound pretty much exactly like Arto Lindsay. He kind of looks like him, too.
Obviously, if Jerry had been hanging out on the Bowery circa 1984, it wouldn't just have been the French hailing him as a genius.
POSTSCRIPT: So I was at our local watering hole in the Q-Boro yesterday when the news came of Lewis's death.
I mentioned it to the very nice millennial bar lady and she said "I don't know who that is."
ME: The other half of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the most famous comedy team of the 50s.
HER: I've heard of Dean Martin. Jerry Lewis, no.
ME: (thinking) Ah -- ever see that Eddie Murphy movie THE NUTTY PROFESSOR?
HER: Oh, yeah -- love that.
ME: It's a remake of a Jerry Lewis movie.
HER: Oh. Okay.
Kill me now, is the point I'm trying to make.