version 1.1.2pl14 is a sort of catch-all album. I opened it
in 1999 and put miscellaneous computer-aided recordings inside until
To download the entire album, see the OGG and MP3 directories.
- Sweet Emulsion - Recorded
on the BeOS with the cool 3D multitrack recorder they
had. Incorporates a telemarketing message from the answering
machine. This song is practically the only thing I remember about my
summer-long stay in the apartment where I recorded this song.
- Leonard Shot Everyone Down - My
alleged friend Brian Overturf made up this song about me when we were
in grade school. I could date it to the month by looking through old
issues of Nintendo Power, but really what's the point. It was 1989 or
1990. The goal of the song was to romantically link me with the girl
mentioned in the song, who I didn't even know. Nice try, Brian.
Oh, I should mention that in the spirit of fairness I wrote a sequel to this song in which the girl
takes vengeance on me. I'm torn whether or not to put it up because on
the one hand, revenge, but on the other hand, I'm just immortalizing
this person I don't know in more songs when she never asked to be in
any at all. So I'll just quote the best line from the song: "No no no
no means no no no no."
- Annoying Techno Music. It does what it says. Made with a Perl
script that generated a csound file. At one point I was very proud of
the strange number of measures this song had. I guess it's got 25
measures, that's a little unusual.
I hate to say it, but "Techno Schmeckno mit DJ Generik" from Bad
Stupid Delerious is better than this.
- Sprinklers, Man - An
inflection-for-inflection recreation of a 1995-ish TV
commercial for Sheik (!) condoms, in which a
"grunge youth" (actual quote from the LA Times describing this
commercial) ranted about how condoms were somehow part of a
conspiracy. He changed his mind about two seconds after a hot (but not
particularly grunge) chick handed him a condom and explained the facts
of life to him. I don't know how long this link will last, but here's screengrabs from the commercial so you know I'm not making stuff up. Nice guitar solo in this one. (OGG)
- Mark Gave a Monkey Acid - A song
about my friend Mark Fasheh, who has ever since the release of this
song had to deny giving a monkey acid. The song is actually based on a
story Mark told me where he gave a monkey acid (but not in real
life), which made the monkey superintelligent. He came back a bit
later to see the (fictional) monkey smoking a pipe; the monkey
said in an English accent "Good afternoon, Mark! I was just playing chess with
a friend over the Internet."
- Royal Jelly - A rollicking trip
through the world of unregulated dietary supplements. Almost the only
good song from a whole rock opera I wrote, called Porcelain Puppy
versus Demon Dog. At this point the album gets a little less
gimmicky and you start getting some real, well-written songs.
- Urban Creation Myth - As you
might expect, a song about the creation of the world. It was a rock
'n' roll creation. The song gets cut off near the end; sorry about
that. The original recording is long lost. (OGG)
- Hungry Goriya - I associate this
song with the feeling of pushing yourself through some strenuous
activity because otherwise your thoughts take an unwelcome turn. Hear
how the chorus has the exact same words as the verse, and how the
vocals get out of sync with the guitar at the end—that's what I
The goriya (he's hungry) comes from the original Legend of
Zelda. Mr. Noodle is a Thai restaurant near UCLA that used to claim
"Yummy Asian Noodle" on their menu. They still do, for all I know.
- FEEDBACK FEEDBACK
FEEDBACK. Fourteen minutes of me and Carlos Tarango yelling and
making feedback with the karaoke machine. The theme is a
monster-truck-like exhibition of feedback happening at the Kern County
Fairgrounds. Some of it's funny, but the whole thing is tiring and I
don't blame you for not wanting to listen to it. We actually did two
takes of this, if you can believe it. This is the second take, which
is a little tighter since we'd already explored the improvisation
- Interesting Places to Die - The last
two songs on this album mark my return to more traditional
songwriting. In fact, this song is practically cliche--it's a song
about lost love. Boo hoo! Nice imagery though. It bugs me that I
- Liza Dei - The original song about
being trapped in a meme-complex. Great rockin' song, probably the best
on the album, and needs a decent re-recording with drum. I couldn't
write the last two verses, so I just shuffled the first two verses (I
used a similar trick in "Vertigo", but not because I couldn't finish
the song). It worked really well.
- Theme and Fantasia on "Popeye the
Sailor Man" - Okay, back to gimmickry. For a few years, this was
my test song for multitrack recording software. Two verses of the
original Popeye theme song (which ran many more verses than you'd
think), with a traditional schoolyard parody sandwiched in between.