About five or six years ago, I was involved in something of a rock band. I've been a drummer for several years - since maybe 1996, and what inspired me was The Beatles's 'Rain' and Ringo Starr's drumming on that track - and my friends and I joined together in about October 2000 to form a band. I'd been in one before, but this was really a step in what you might call the right direction: we started jamming and coming up with songs out of those jams.
In March 2001, we recorded seven songs at a professional recording studio (Menagerie Studios in Bumblefuck, Pennsylvania), and the album has been called "We're All Going To Hellertown". I now offer these songs to you.
'Mainline Shuffle' http://rapidshare.de/files/11593921/01_Mainline_Shuffle.mp3.html
'Medicine Man' http://rapidshare.de/files/11594211/02_Medicine_Man.mp3.html
'Supermarket Song' http://rapidshare.de/files/11594772/04_Supermarket_Song.mp3.html
'Sitting On My Front Porch Sipping A Glass Of Iced Tea Wondering Which Soap Opera To Watch Next' http://rapidshare.de/files/11596965/06_Front_Porch.mp3.html
Some notes about the songs:
I wrote the music for 'Dance' and had unintentionally turned 'Mainline Shuffle' into a shuffle. I also came up with the title for the last song, and even named the band. But I wasn't the creative force; that was the two guitarists, Matt and Tim.
Tim played rhythm and lead guitars, piano, harmonica, and sang vocals on 'Medicine Man', 'Dance', 'Supermarket Song', and 'Miracle'.
Matt played rhythm and lead guitars, ukulele, and sang vocals on 'Dance', backing vocals on 'Supermarket Song'.
Gorzo played bass and sang backing vocals on 'Supermarket Song'.
I played drums, cowbell, and sang backing vocals on 'Supermarket Song'.
Tim wrote 'Medicine Man' and 'Miracle'; Matt wrote the words to 'Dance'; Tim and I wrote the music to 'Mainline Shuffle'; Matt wrote 'Sitting On My Front Porch' and I came up with the title; Bill Bloom wrote 'Supermarket Song'.
Personal notes about the songs:
My favorites are 'Medicine Man' and 'Dance'. I absolutely hate 'Miracle'. 'Mainline Shuffle' was better in rehearsal, where it lasted nearly ten minutes long. I still have those tapes, but they're pretty old and I haven't listened to them in forever.
Feel free to download these, share them, what have you. It's really just four guys having a good time in a recording studio. There's far too much reverb and echo on these tracks, but judge for yourself. Leave comments, criticisms, and so forth.
Tequila Mockingbird exists no more, and it was the last time I was really in a band, though I would love to get back into one. Just recalling these memories was a lot of fun for me.
P.S. Oh yes, keep listening toward the end of the last track, around 8'54 in... there's a surprise.