Many of the songs reflect an internal monologue, sometimes extreme and fantastic and unbelievable and morbidly humorous circumstances ("Grocery Store," "The Bride," "Five-Cent Refund"), but it all ends with a resignation and plea to start over ("Wrong Foot").
A concept album unlike no other with indelible melodies, foot-tappin' beats, and blazing outside lead guitar work. A timeless classic deserving a 5" x 5" x 1/4" space in anyone's compact disc collection. And if the music doesn't thrill you as much as the concept, you can express your feelings with your wardrobe by going here:
Song by song synopsis/analysis:
â€œThe Ugliest Girl In The Worldâ€ (3:08) â€“ All that matters is that YOU think sheâ€™s beautiful.
â€œHolding Patternâ€ (4:44) â€“ This song could have easily been called â€œWaiting Room,â€ but the preventing of an aeroplane from landing works better as a metaphor for someone who canâ€™t get another person to commit to a relationship. Also, you gotta love the screaming guitar feedback throughout the song.
â€œLetâ€™s Start a Love Thingâ€ (2:38) â€“ It sounds like a hippy thing to say, and the song is basically a minimalist pop confection with a tasty, creamy wah-wah guitar solo center. In other words, the perfect single.
â€œAll Iâ€™ll Ever Knowâ€ (2:33) â€“ Donâ€™t get stuck on labels. Make sure you know whatâ€™s on the inside, too. Fear and desire drive all human action. Is this too heavy for a sweet, uplifting song?
â€œI Gotta Buy Me Some New Friendsâ€ (3:52) â€“ This songâ€™s title pretty much tells the story. Friends as commodities. Sometimes you just want to trade â€˜em in for new ones, but donâ€™t just leave them stranded at a rest area. Friends now have those microchips in them with GPS tracking.
â€œFind My Mindâ€ (2:52) â€“ Here we ask the age-old question, â€œAre we dating? Is this dating? Can you help me understand?â€ Power-pop just like The Raspberries used to make.
â€œDigging a Holeâ€ (3:39) â€“ To China, that is. Metaphor for rebirth, renewal, and accomplishment of said rebirth and renewal. If anyone reading this remembers the Canadian group The Pursuit of Happiness, then youâ€™ll hear that influence in this song. The rest of you will likely hear Todd Rundgren.
â€œWaitingâ€ (4:30) â€“ Simple ballad telling someone that he/she is THE one. Note the subtle French horn and strings. This is the song where the fans flick on their lighters, provided state law allows that anymore.
â€œGrocery Storeâ€ (2:35) â€“ The first part of the insane love trilogy. Shy guy sees attractive girl working in the grocery store and wants to meet her. Girl interprets guyâ€™s timid advances as threatening and way overreacts. After all that, all is forgiven. Crazy.
â€œThe Brideâ€ (4:21) â€“ The second part of the insane love trilogy, and also based on a true story. Crazy ex-boyfriend who canâ€™t let go shows up to the wedding of his ex-girlfriend with disastrous results. The instrumental bridge shows off Frankâ€™s phenomenal technique on lead guitar. He almost sounds like an automatic weapon â€“ oops, I donâ€™t want to give too much away.
â€œ5-Cent Refundâ€ (3:16) â€“ The third part of the insane love trilogy. Empty bottle as a girl. A terrible, misogynous metaphor, yes, but at least the guy here believes in recycling.
â€œCenter of Attentionâ€ (3:53) â€“ So do you want to be a hero? Or do you just want the attention on you while you fail? Hey, bad publicity is still publicity. You selfish son of a â€¦ At least, here Frank has yet another amazing guitar solo. Thank him later.
â€œWrong Footâ€ (3:06) â€“ An appropriate ending: a plea to start over. Even though you canâ€™t unring the bell, you can humble yourself and ask for another chance. Sort of like if after you listen to this whole album, and it doesnâ€™t quite live up to your expectations, play it again. Maybe during the second listen (or during some successive listen) you just may come around. I know I did, and I wrote and recorded each song.
Jay: drums, bass, guitar, pianos, vocals.
Frank: lead guitar.
Scott: guitars on â€œFind My Mindâ€ and â€œ5-Cent Refundâ€
Recorded by Jay in Everett WA.
Mixed by Lance with Jay in Redmond WA.
Mastered by David in Springfield, Virginia.
Total disc duration: 56 minutes, 29 seconds.
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1. Hot August Morning
2. The Ugliest Girl in the World
3. Holding Pattern
4. Let's Start a Love Thing
5. All I'll Ever Know
6. I Gotta Buy Me Some New Friends
7. Find My Mind
8. Digging a Hole
10. Grocery Store
11. The Bride
12. 5-Cent Refund
13. Center of Attention
14. Wrong Foot