Peter talks about
When the punk scene was young it was bursting with creative energy. Many
of the regulars were artists and they would push the boundaries and encourage
others to do so also. They would say shit like "Yeah man, you are
pretty cool with that monocle and Elizabethan powdered wig, but you would
be so much cooler if you had one giant clown shoe." It was very liberating
because all your life you are learning the lesson tacitly and explicitly
that you shouldn't stand out; because the guy with the one giant clown
shoe always gets beat down, but here was a group of people telling you
to ignore that good common sense advice and fly your freak flag high.
Stephan talks about
This one pissed me off. All the parts I wrote for the song were given
to Greg, our bass player. It took me what seemed years to completely rewrite
my parts to the song, only finalizing them in the studio. The song originally
had a third part - an intro and outro - which was played a few times live.
It was reminiscent of a Lou Reed song. Some members really liked it and
it was part of the original recording. When the song evolved to be a blend
of acid jazz meets African, that part was dropped.
I wrote this song on guitar, but am not sure how much of those original
chords are still in the song. My guitar playing is pretty rudimentary,
and generally I can barely play the stuff I write. It always blows me
away when I see the transformation that the band can bring to the three
or four chord that you write on an acoustic guitar.