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This frenetic, drop-D rocker came about very quickly during a time of really heavy creativity.

I rarely write more than two or three songs at a time opting to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. I believe I pushed out four or five songs in the span of a couple of weeks when I wrote this one.

Also of note is the amount of percussion I bothered to throw down. I was able to have more fun with the 8-track and really piled on the shite.

The fuzzy, twangy lead guitar track is courtesy of the legendary Danelectro "Amp-in-Case" Model 1448--just like "Skunk" Baxter on "Reeling in the Years".


the way you look/the way i can wake up on any side of the bed/long summer shadows don't always follow/i thought it'd be easier by now/thought it'd be easier somehow

unhappiness/sometimes i digress/
am i a mess/yes i'm a mess

check the machine/electric, lifeless and always lacking the answer/while the chemicals just do what's asked of them
i only care what happens when it's past you bedtime/it's past your bedtime

unhappiness/sometimes i digress/
am i a mess/yes i'm a mess

everything's weird now/everything's weird now/everything's weird now/now...


from No Cigar (unreleased & assorted demos), track released August 12, 2009
Recorded on a Yamaha 8 track summer of 1998 at 11th & Pine rehearsal studio, Seattle, WA. All instruments performed by me.



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A. Michael Collins Seattle

Position: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, P, C, RF, CF, LF
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 135
Born: 9-17-69
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
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Drummist, guitarist, bassist, singist and write-ist. I'm a fan of many genres; the stuff I write is basically earnest, somber, even wistful on occasion. Guitar-driven, melodic power-pop with harmonies and a focus on guitar tones. I think there's a rootsy, Okie element to it too.
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