This was the second of the Poughkeepsie tapes.
Most of the copies had a really cool cover that Keven McCuller and
I designed under the name Spooge Brothers Records. (More on the cover
This tape contains the first song of mine to actually be covered by
another person (as far as I know). "A Changing
Of Seasons" was adopted and completely changed over by a group my friend
Jack Rusher started. I don't know to what extent they used it, but
it really was a neat take at it. (The group eventually mutated into
the legend that was Planet Ten and the song was
It also includes my first keyboard piece, "Don't Make It Right". Come
to think of it, that's probably my only keyboard piece. I thought I
did ok, but Jack thought it was incredibly cheesy. Maybe it was the
over-the-top lyrics bemoaning the plight of a poor prostitute...
Despite the serious and somewhat depressed (well, lonely) tone of most
of the lyrics, you could tell I was having fun doing it. One of my
favorite moments comes near the end of SideB. After the somewhat
serious "Other Voices" and the overly serious "Wait Until Dark", I do a spoof
of the "this is your brain on drugs" ad and a very ridiculous parody of "Other
Voices" called "Other Silly Voices". Somehow, I don't think the later
will ever be played on radio. (At least I certainly hope it
never gets played on radio.)
I really like the way the cover art came out. I've got a big blown
up version of the front cover framed on my wall and it really looks nice.
Unfortunately... it's not me in the picture. In case you haven't
figured it out yet, it's actually a heavily mangled copy of U2's "Rattle
And Hum" cover art. Most people don't even notice that the spotlight
is also a bride walking away from the scene. I mention this because
if you look real closely, you'll see that she's carrying what looks like
a bouquet of roses. Actually, this is many copies of Bono's nose from
the original picture (a bouquet of noses?). All the same, to give you
an idea how good the overall picture came out, my own mother still
can't believe that's not me playing guitar in the picture.