If memory serves me I think think this show was poorly attended which was not typical for a Good/Bad benefit. Maybe there was something better going on. Maybe it was spring break. But I distinctly recall pretty much nobody was there and it was kind of sad. During my set Brian (Faux Fox) Campbell handed me a piece of paper and said to make up some songs using some lyrics he made up on the spot. So I made up a long song about something to do with sailboats. Retton and Stumptone were always good.
This is a very special unreleased song in honor of Reed Posey’s birthday today. “Testimony” was written and recorded in 2003 inspired by true events which Reed had experienced involving a girl who told him she was “in love with a man, but it’s not who you think.” The tune to this song is so derivative of a Brian Jonestown Massacre song that it did not make the cut for “Sugary Glue…” despite how strange the lyrics.
Anyone who knows much about Cavedweller most likely also knows personally or knows about the Hard Rock Zombie, aka Shon P1/4 Toney. Shon and I became psychically attuned around new years of 1996 going into 1997. Our lysergically linked songwriting history is a similar one in which a realization was had and suddenly a copious amount of decent single-handed songs began to come forth from our 4-Track machines. We found mutual inspiration the likes i had not had before, since, nor expect to have again. I have tried to place a cover of at least one Hard Rock Zombie tune on everything I released since 1999. A few releases don’t contain any songs written by Shon and I can say with honesty that I regretted it. There is something about his songs that react with my songs, my writing as an adhesive of sorts. A thing that ties ideas together. Places the proverbial cherry on top. Although we have rarely lived in the same town together or are even in the same town at once, a cross continental energy exists which is ever-present and shall remain so.
Over the years I have recorded several dozen HRZ songs. Many people probably think I wrote those songs. Although I don’t have them all in the correct format to post here I will make an attempt to post some of the ones I have available immediately.
I like “Leon Brecht” a lot because Shon had gotten some idea that Leon Brecht was Andy Warhol’s real name. I’m not sure where he got that idea.
“Space City” is supposedly a description of a strange religion a friend of his in Hawaii was into which involved goats. I like to think about it as a metaphor for Houston.
“Mexicali” was on the first HRZ tape I got in 1997. I had wanted to cover it for years but felt I could not do it any justice. I finally decided to record a version in 2007. I apologize that the original is not available for you to hear, but I promise you that it is much much better.
Jojo and Ribbed are two separate songs which I felt some need to conjoin back in 2000. I enjoy the sexual innuendos in this song.
“Hallucinatory” is on the same record as “Jojo”. A gentle foray lamenting our psychedelic excursions.
I stuck “Mercury 7″ on the Cavedweller/Shapes Have Fangs split 7″. People constantly complain about having this song stuck in their head.
Cavedweller played “Match Head” at every show the first year or so in Austin. After a while I had to stop playing it because it shredded my voice every time. We tried placing it at the end of the sets but it didn’t quite fit there. This is another extra-catchy song that got requested a lot. Shon’s version was much more restrained. If I remember correctly he said this song was having to do with Jennifer Raines.
“Scirococo Devil” has been by far the most consistently performed song. It is almost always on the set list regardless of having a band or playing solo. Full of word play and double entendre, this song relies almost purely on the mood it creates. This particular version is one I recorded Shon and I playing together in one of my apartments in Denton. This is a rough version but nice since we never did many songs together.