This was my first tape of entirely original music. (Well, mostly
original. Three of the songs were parodies of other songs and the brief
intro to "The House That Jack Built" was completely ripped off from "He Ain't
Heavy, He's My Brother".) It was recorded during my first six months
working for IBM in Poughkeepsie, which was my first
time out in the "real world". Most of the songs were written during
that period, but a lot of them were recycled from The
As for the title... just about every meaning you can think of probably
applies. Of course, the intended meaning was just that this was my
first tape that wasn't made up mostly of cover tunes. ;)
The cover art pictured is a rough approximation of the even rougher
hand-drawn art I did on each cover. It's one of those designs that
"just came to me" but looking back I can't imagine what the heck I was trying
to imply meaning-wise.
The song "Keven's In Love" is interesting because it's about the guy
who later helped me do the rest of my cover art (and his then girlfriend,
later-to-be wife). Despite the low sound quality and lower singing
quality, I seem to remember him playing this song at his wedding or at least
talking about it. That song and "Tits"
are the pretty much the only songs from this tape I play nowadays.