This tape is near mythical in the close circles I’ve been able to share it with. It almost came from nowhere. I got in the late 90’s from The X, a nag champa smoke filled, long out of business record store in the musically hyperdense college town of Denton, Texas. It was in a little tower on the counter that held the 10 or so tapes they carried at a time. The cover was as boring as it gets with some still life painting of fruit but also had no price tag so the person behind the counter gave it to me for free.
It starts with what I always assumed was a movie sample. It’s an uneventful, yet highly disturbing skit of a keyboard player crying while having a mental breakdown while someone else tries to calm him down while barely not laughing at the ridiculousness of the other person. This sets the tone perfectly for the whole thing.
These are mostly funny songs played with a straight face. They’re all pretty simplistic songs with an acoustic guitar with near Wesley Willian levels of repetition. If I remember right, it took me a year or two of listens to realize there were verses that contained good stories.
I still don’t know much about this tape. 10 or so years after finding it a friend found out that it is probably Fishboy’s older brother Cavedweller’s thing. The case is long gone and the sticker is near completely rubbed off from years of beating around a high school backpack.
I’m looking for other old stuff. If you have a copy of the early Monkeytown tapes, that Poor Bastard Sons tape, Beat Kids, or others hit me up. This link will go down in 7 days then hopefully I’ll have a more permanent way to keep it up.
Reupped 10/30. Link dead in 7 days. You do the math.