Category Archives: Song of the Week

Song of the Week: Theme Song

[dciframe]http://cf.topspin.net/api/v3/player/216732,200,30,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] A lot of Too Much Joy lyrics were written separately from the music, and then either given to Jay and/or Sandy to see what chords and melodies they’d come up with, or recited straight from my notebook … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Goodbye Ohio

[dciframe]http://cf.topspin.net/api/v3/player/210548,200,30,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] Sandy, Jay and I all graduated from the same high school the same year. The former grad who gave the commencement address was an astronaut in name only, as he hadn’t yet actually been to space. It … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Gramatan

[dciframe]http://cf.topspin.net/api/v3/player/206475,200,30,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] My last year in grad school I lived with my girlfriend (the inspiration for “Susquehanna Hat Company“) in Tuckahoe, right on the border of Bronxville. My walk into town always took me past this marker, which commemorates … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Nothing On My Mind

[dciframe]http://cdn.topspin.net/api/v3/player/202251,200,30,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] As a title, “Nothing on my Mind” practiced truth in advertising, since the lyric is the result of an experiment in sitting down to write a song without first having a title, a single line, or any … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: King of Beers

That’s Tiffany Levine. Now she’s a rock climber of some renown, but way back in 1988 she was the woman who inspired “King of Beers.” [dciframe]http://cdn.topspin.net/api/v3/player/199371,200,30,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] Jay and I were killing time in L.A. with our friend Joe … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Pirate

Pirate might be my personal favorite song on Cereal Killers. Even the fact that Tommy Vinton just told me, “The two cymbal hits I do before the choruses and the cymbal swirls in the beginning of the song were inspired … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Long Haired Guys From England

[dciframe]http://cdn.topspin.net/api/v3/player/196289,400,400,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] This week’s Cereal Killers’ selection, like pretty much all our songs, is based on a true story. Or series of stories, as the phenomenon described in the tune happened to us repeatedly. The title and the first line … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Sandbox

[dciframe]http://cdn.topspin.net/api/v3/player/195265,400,400,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] Our Cereal Killers celebration continues with “Sandbox,” one of the songs on the disc that earned cries of “overproduced,” even though all the bells and whistles were put on there at the band’s insistence and, in a … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Susquehanna Hat Company

[dciframe]http://www.youtube.com/embed/THZV5g1CNZM,420,315,0,auto,border:0px solid blue;align:left;[/dciframe] Bill says, “It was always nice to start a live show by yelling, ‘Fuck this town.’” I love that line, too, and it’s not braggy to say so, because I didn’t really write it so much as … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: Thanksgiving in Reno

As the lyric says, this is a true story. True-ish, anyway; we always reserve the right to improve upon reality. Jay and I had spent most of the Fall of 1988 couch-surfing in San Francisco, working on the “Making Fun … Continue reading

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