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  • Title: Complete Anchovies
  • Artist: Anchovies
  • Timespan: 1989-1994
  • Theme: every single note
  • Length: 260:03
  • Tracks: 79
  • Lyrics: 58
  • MP3s: 75 play all locally
  • Rating: (none) rate this album

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 Anchovy Rock (1) lyrics 4:16 download listen locally - 1989-??-??
2 Old Reggae Song - 4:01 download listen locally - 1989-??-??
3 Chatter (1) lyrics 2:24 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
4 Anchovy Rock (2) - 3:13 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
5 Chatter (2) lyrics 2:12 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
6 Fish Time (1) - 4:39 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
7 Chatter (3) lyrics 0:43 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
8 How Ya Is'n (1) lyrics 4:42 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
9 Chatter (4) lyrics 1:05 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
10 All Blues (1) - 4:12 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
11 Chatter (5) lyrics 0:44 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
12 Canon (1) - 4:31 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
13 Chatter (6) lyrics 0:17 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
14 Christmas in Cancun (1) - 5:28 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
15 Chatter (7) lyrics 0:51 download listen locally - 1989-12-21
16 Fish Time (2) - 3:37 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
17 Christmas in Cancun (2) - 4:24 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
18 Canon (2) - 4:08 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
19 Qwerty (1) - 3:13 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
20 Demian (1) - 3:17 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
21 How Ya Is'n (2) lyrics 3:42 download listen locally - 1990-03-??
22 End of Something - 0:10 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
23 Canon (3) - 5:36 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
24 Fish Time (3) - 3:33 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
25 Qwerty (2) - 4:19 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
26 All Blues (2) - 3:08 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
27 Anchovy Rock (3) - 3:24 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
28 How Ya Is'n (3) lyrics 3:40 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
29 Fish Time (4) lyrics 3:06 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
30 Canon (4) - 3:45 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
31 Christmas in Cancun (3) - 4:23 download listen locally - 1990-0?-??
32 How Ya Is'n (4) lyrics 6:31 - - - 1991-06-??
33 Jon Sucks lyrics 3:46 - - - 1991-06-??
34 Applause Intro lyrics 0:11 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
35 Fireflyz (1) lyrics 2:58 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
36 Demian (2) lyrics 3:32 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
37 Don't Disregard Me (1) lyrics 3:36 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
38 Aren't You Sorry (1) lyrics 0:54 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
39 Demian (3) lyrics 4:41 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
40 Fireflyz Intro lyrics 0:11 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
41 Fireflyz (2) lyrics 3:26 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
42 Aren't You Sorry (2) lyrics 4:19 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
43 Drizzle (1) lyrics 4:29 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
44 Anchovy Rock (4) - 3:24 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
45 Aren't You Sorry (3) lyrics 4:10 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
46 Drizzle (2) lyrics 6:40 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
47 Don't Disregard Me (2) lyrics 3:23 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
48 Demian (4) lyrics 2:50 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
49 Anchovy Rock (5) - 3:24 download listen locally - 1992-0?-??
50 Stupid Improv lyrics 4:08 - - - 1992-0?-??
51 Floor Gig Intro lyrics 0:20 - - - 1992-08-??
52 Drizzle (3) lyrics 6:14 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
53 Aren't You Sorry (4) lyrics 3:49 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
54 Christmas in Cancun (4) lyrics 3:57 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
55 Don't Disregard Me (3) lyrics 4:47 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
56 Demian (5) lyrics 3:09 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
57 Improv Intro (Trav) lyrics 0:36 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
58 Clash Improv (Trav) lyrics 4:53 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
59 Anchovy Rock (Trav) lyrics 9:39 download listen locally - 1992-08-??
60 Trav Intro lyrics 1:00 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
61 Drizzle (4) lyrics 7:05 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
62 Anchovy Rock (6) lyrics 5:57 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
63 Stand Up 1 lyrics 1:18 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
64 Cheesy Intro lyrics 0:17 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
65 Cheesy Theme Music lyrics 0:33 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
66 Dead Chatter lyrics 0:48 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
67 Anchovy Xmas lyrics 0:52 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
68 We Do Requests lyrics 1:14 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
69 Tribal Anchovies lyrics 1:20 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
70 Eating Anchovies lyrics 0:53 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
71 Stand Up 2 lyrics 1:56 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
72 Psychedelic Anchovies lyrics 4:40 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
73 Super Studs Intro 1 lyrics 1:52 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
74 Super Studs (1) lyrics 12:15 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
75 Super Studs Intro 2 lyrics 0:24 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
76 Super Studs (2) lyrics 4:51 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
77 Super Studs Intro 3 lyrics 0:03 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
78 Super Studs (3) lyrics 4:19 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
79 Super Studs (4) lyrics 3:46 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
Total 260:03 play all locally album rating: (none)

Notes

This "box set" contains every known Anchovies recording. Even the between-song chatter has been preserved.

There have been three editions of it so far.

The first edition was assembled in December 1994 and consisted of two cassettes. It omitted the early "Super Studs" recordings and the school projects I did with just Jon and Luke. As far as I know, nobody ever listened to it except me.

The second edition was created on 2002-07-11. It fit on four CDs. It added the missing songs and expanded the liner notes and credits.

The third and current edition is what you see on this website. It doesn't exist on CD yet, and is constantly evolving as I find more material and insights as to recording dates. Since I still don't know all the exact dates for the songs, it might be a while before I finalize the song for this edition and put it on CD.

Songs

Anchovy Rock (1)

The Anchovies' first recording happened to be called "Anchovy Rock". This became our theme song. The intro came from "Trek" (an early IPECAC song).

I played most of the song on the Yamaha PSS-470, and then switched briefly to the Casio CT-310 for the bridge (from 2:02 to 2:38). The bridge was tricky, which required me to use the Casio's larger keys.

Lyrics to "Anchovy Rock (1)":

TRAV:
  1 2 3 4
  1 2 3 4

  fade out, fade out
  

Old Reggae Song

For some reason, Jon never got to play this song. We recorded this version with Allen on sax, and then quickly retired it. "Fish Time" became our main reggae song and we stopped playing this one.

Years later, after Jon had left the band, the Dead Anchovies resurrected this song. We simplified it, added vocals, and called it "Aren't You Sorry".

Again, I played mostly on the Yamaha PSS-470 and switched to the Casio CT-310 for the bridge (from 1:47 to 2:11).

Chatter (1)

We start with pre-song chatter. You can hear the audience. Yes, that's right, I said audience.

Lyrics to "Chatter (1)":

TRAV:
  3,2,1 contact

AUDIENCE:
  ha, ha travis

JON:
  trav, i don't wanna

JON:
  we never actually played this song...

TRAV:
  we don't want to broadcast that
  actually

JON:
  ???

TRAV:
  we've never played this song before but

JON:
  we're making it up as we go along [???]

TRAV:
  fake reverb, fake

JON:
  hey, feedback
  oh yeah, you guys [???]

  [lots of shouting and talking]

all the way up

what?

all the way up

LUKE:
  trav, are we gonna..

TRAV:
  ok, everybody

    [chatter]

TRAV:
  allen, you ready?
  listennn...

???:
  are we ready?

???:
  go
  

Anchovy Rock (2)

This is a nice, fast version of our theme song. It sounds much more powerful than the one from the first practice.

Chatter (2)

Jon was playing the announcer. He was good at it, because he was funny and responsive. I tended to be more introverted and oblivious when there were so many people around.

Lyrics to "Chatter (2)":

JON:
  first of all
  can you hear anything at all now?
  uh, all right, i'm gonna this ??? away

  we are, uh, the master anchovies and
  this is but a taste of
  what will happen later on at this party

  can you hear the saxophone?

AUDIENCE:
  barely
  ...
  turn down the keyboard
  turn down that keyboard

JON:
  turn luke down a little bit
  also, i hate being in front 'cause it's like ???
  tra-la-la-la-la

TRAV:
  anyways...

JON:
  anyways, that was
  that was anchovy rock
  what a great song it is
  and now we're gonna play a little rap

LUKE:
  reggae song

JON:
  what?

LUKE:
  reggae?

JON:
  we're playing
  we're not playing a rap
  we're gonna spare you the experience

TRAV:
  not now

JON:
  uh so we're gonna play some ???

TRAV:
  reggae song
  we'll tell you who wrote most of these songs afterwards

JON:
  travis wrote most of these songs

TRAV:
  no, afterwards

JON:
  i wrote --
  no one wrote most of these songs
  darn it
  ...
  this is really distracting
  ...

TRAV:
  ok, we're now ready
  

Fish Time (1)

This was the Anchovies' second reggae song. Jon and I wrote and recorded the initial version as IPECAC (on Extras). The Anchovies version omits the difficult intro and outro sections.

The original instructions for the song were for Anand to play drums, so he probably played them at the party. What was Allen doing? No clue.

Chatter (3)

More between-song chatter.

Lyrics to "Chatter (3)":

TRAV:
  ???

JON:
  ??? extra ???

TRAV:
  extra long

JON:
  concert version

TRAV:
  extended play
  yeah, that was the dance mix

JON:
  i love this reverb
  ??? i ???

TRAV:
  yes

JON:
  we're gonna play the rap?
  are you gonna start with the vocal?

LUKE:
  need some lyrics, trav

TRAV:
  got the lyrics this time
  got the lyrics this time

LUKE:
  yay

TRAV:
  yeah, some of you will remember this one
  it goes way back
  jon wrote the lyrics to it

JON:
  i wrote most of it

TRAV:
  ok, are we ready
  do you know how to start?
  ok
  

How Ya Is'n (1)

This was the Anchovies version of IPECAC's "How Ya Is'n". The main changes are the rhythmic chords during the chorus and the omission of Jon's rap.

You can barely hear the vocals during the chorus. In fact, I doubt I even sang them during the last two choruses. I think I had my hands full with the keyboard part; it was hard to sing and play at the same time.

My keyboard solo is horrid. Sorry!

Lyrics to "How Ya Is'n (1)":

INTRO:
  and it goes a little something like this
  hit it!

VERSE 1:
  cruisin' down the street i got to the place
  where the weirdos hang out and i got my mace ready
  for an incident 'cause you never know
  what a blind quadroplegic morphodite might show you

  i kept my distance from the darkest alley
  where the schitzofrentic ninjas were having a rally
  i heard a noise and i spun around
  but couldn't [see who] made that sound

CHORUS:
  how ya is'n?

VERSE 2:
  suddenly i saw what i really had feared
  worse than kleptomaniacs, he really was weird
  behind him was a trail of arms and legs
  he stuck out his tongue to show his underarms

  he said "you got a nice tan but i got a nice blue
  that's right, i'm a leper, you can be a leper too"
  i said, "god you're slimy" and walked my own way
  the guy was gross enough to finish my day

CHORUS:
  how ya is'n?

VERSE 3:
  i kept on walking to find my friend jon
  the leper had disappeared; i hoped he was gone
  i went to jon's place and he was waiting for me
  i was glad to be there, with a capital "e"

  i said, "hey jon, what's shaking?"
  "cooling.  what's up?"
  i said "girlies!"
  "oh, i guess i better get ready [huh]!"

CHORUS:

  [solos]

VERSE 4:
  i saw an ant by the side of the road
  beside him sat a rabbit and a big fat toad
  i asked him to my house and see if he did
  he came instead with some friends of his

CHORUS:
  

Chatter (4)

This introduces "All Blues".

Lyrics to "Chatter (4)":

TRAV:
  smattering of applause
  uh, uh
  oh my god it's time

JON:
  ??? microphone

TRAV:
  ok, i'll ??? jon
  and allen get ready
  ??? sorry

LUKE:
  tell this it's the first ???

TRAV:
  this is the first song that we ever learned
  that we haven't written

  it's called "all blues" and it's by miles davis
  if that makes any impact on you at all
  so if it sounds bad that's because it's bad on the tape
  we play exactly like it's on the tape
  even that feedback
  it's all ...
  ready?

JON:
  yeah
  

All Blues (1)

This was written by Miles Davis. Jon transcribed it for us. It was years before I heard the original (on Kind of Blue).

I think Allen played bari sax, which means Anand was on drums. I was on mellophone, which is definitely not my most comfortable instrument. I also played a painful keyboard solo.

Chatter (5)

Jon was introducing "Canon".

Lyrics to "Chatter (5)":

TRAV:
  quickly we go into "canon"

JON:
  ???
  
TRAV:
  no, canon
  gotta end on a positive note, jon
    
JON:
  ok, well ???
  oh, this song, by the way
  this song is not an original
  it's by klaus dorfeldingeldorf

AUDIENCE:
  ???

JON:  
  miles davis
  i learned this from miles davis

LUKE:
  ??? finished, jon

JON:
  uh, i'm gonna solo on it for a long time        
  by the way
  ???
  and then

TRAV:
  ready? we're losing our audience    
  

Canon (1)

This was by Klaus Doldinger. I don't think I ever heard the original; Jon transcribed this for us.

I really didn't like this song. I hated the harpsichord sound. The rhythms were awkward. You couldn't dance to it. You couldn't even tap your finger to it.

The only good thing about it was that it sounded sophisticated and made us sound like a "serious" band... Well, we had the school band for that, so why subject ourselves to this weird classical stuff for fun? Why not rock our in our free time?

My banging around through different sounds shows my frustration. My keyboard was way too loud. It obliterated Jon's solo and all the other music. You can barely hear anything other than my bang-bang-bang chords and clunky melody. So much for ending the party on a positive note.

Chatter (6)

I was eager to wash the memory of "Canon" from our heads and ears. So I got us to jump immediately into our "encore" song, "Christmas in Cancun".

Lyrics to "Chatter (6)":

JON:
  will you people stop laughing at us?

AUDIENCE:
  we weren't laughing at you
  we were laughing with you

TRAV:
  ???

JON:
  wasn't that exciting?
  

Christmas in Cancun (1)

This was probably my favorite song for the Anchovies. I wrote and recorded the demo one evening after a practice, layering at least 3 parts on top of each other. You can hear the original version on Trex's A Caustic Gutter.

The song was named after one of my family vacations (to Mexico). For Tripecac I later wrote a completely different song called "Christmas in Cancun 2". Both songs were great (IMO).

The Anchovies liked it too, although this particular performance was sluggish and lifeless. The audience seemed bored. I think they'd had enough of our racket for one day.

Chatter (7)

We asked if they wanted to hear more. They said no.

Thus ended the concert.

And our dreams.

Well, it wasn't that bad. We kept practicing, and kept recording. In fact, the vast majority of our tapes are from after this gig. Interesting, huh? Not really.

Lyrics to "Chatter (7)":

TRAV:
  does anyone want us to play another song?

AUDIENCE:
  no

TRAV:
  does anyone want us to play another song?

AUDIENCE:
  negative

JON:
  we don't have any more songs to play

AUDIENCE:
  majority rules
  you lose
  do you want me to stop this?
  travis, travis?
  push stop
  

Fish Time (2)

My keyboards were mixed too loud. It sounds like they were connected directly to the tape deck. Ugh. Aside from that, and the sluggish playing, it's a decent version.

You can hear me clapping and counting in the background to keep Luke in time.

Christmas in Cancun (2)

Ahh, a nice clean version of my favorite Anchovies song. The mix sounds better than it did for "Fish Time (2)".

Unfortunately, the very couple notes of the song didn't get recorded; I don't remember why. I guess whoever was running the tape recorder (it couldn't have been been me since I was playing) was a little late.

Canon (2)

This seems faster and cleaner than the version we recorded at The Party. The drums (particularly the ride cymbals and toms) sound pretty cool.

Qwerty (1)

We didn't know the real name of this song, and I still don't know the name of it. Jon called it "Qwerty" and the name stuck. I think it was written by either Weather Report or Passport.

Anand played this on his drum machine. I don't remember much about it, except that it had round pads which could be played with normal drum sticks. I think Anand used the drum machine because he felt the tom part was too fast to play comfortably on a normal drum kit. Or maybe he just liked the "electro-funk" sound.

Demian (1)

This was the Anchovies' first recording of "Demian", which was a song of mine that Jon, Luke, and I had performed for our English class. "Demian" mapped pretty well to the Anchovies' instrumentation, although it may have been a little too fast for the drummer (Anand or Allen).

This is a decent version. There are some clunky keyboard notes but the solos are pretty good. Luke had improved tremendously since our "first version".

My notes from 1994 suggest that Allen played the drums. I'm not sure, though.

How Ya Is'n (2)

The chorus is more established compared to the one at The Party. For some reason Jon didn't sing his two little parts. The solos are nice, though.

My vocals are light, not too worn out. I extended "his" a long time but didn't shriek it. Not a bad way to end our first [recorded] practice of 1990.

Lyrics to "How Ya Is'n (2)":

INTRO:
  and it goes a little something like this
  hit it!

VERSE 1:
  cruisin' down the street i got to the place
  where the weirdos hang out and i got my mace ready
  for an incident 'cause you never know
  what a blind quadroplegic morphodite might show you

  i kept my distance from the darkest alley
  where the schitzofrentic ninjas were having a rally
  i heard a noise and i spun around
  but couldn't [see who] made that sound

CHORUS:
  hey jon
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 2:
  suddenly i saw what i really had feared
  worse than kleptomaniacs, he really was weird
  behind him was a trail of arms and legs
  he stuck out his tongue to show his underarms

  he said "you got a nice tan but i got a nice blue
  that's right, i'm a leper, you can be a leper too"
  i said, "god you're slimy" and walked my own way
  the guy was gross enough to finish my day

CHORUS:
  i said:
  hey jon, how ya is'n?
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 3:
  i kept on walking to find my friend jon
  the leper had disappeared; i hoped he was gone
  i went to jon's place and he was waiting for me
  i was glad to be there, with a capital "e"

  i said, "hey jon, what's shaking?"
    [silence from Jon]
  i said "girlies!"
    [silence from Jon]

SOLOS

CHORUS:
  i said:
  hey jon, how ya is'n?
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 4:
  i saw an ant by the side of the road
  beside him was a rabbit and a big fat toad
  i asked him to my house and see if he did
  he came instead with some friends of his
  

End of Something

This was the end of one of our songs. I don't know which song it was, or why it got recorded over. I'm guessing we played it on the same day as the other Master Practice 3 songs, though it could have been earlier.

Canon (3)

This version sounds thin. You can barely hear the sax. The sad irony of this song is that Jon liked it so much more than me, but you can never hear Jon because my frustrated/ing keyboards are always mixed too loud.

It sounds like Jon was using a reverb box and a soprano sax.

My keyboard solo was yet again an expression of my complete irritating with this song. I switched sounds faster than I played notes. Maybe the underlying solo wasn't bad, but I killed any musical integrity with my sonic fiddling.

Fish Time (3)

This is probably our worst recording of any song, ever. The sound quality starts off very wimpy. The drum machine sounds sterile and thin. You can barely hear Jon. Recording directly into the four track was a bad idea; we should have used mics.

And then come the keyboard solos. They really suck. They're sluggish and distorted. I think Luke and I each did one. Jon is nowhere to be found; he seems to be in a different room at this point.

About half way through, I turned on my keyboard's drums. I don't know if this was by accident or if I was trying to correct or sabotage things. The horribly overbearing keyboard part at the end doesn't help things.

Really, this is awful. The mix, performance, and arrangement are all horrid. The only thing it's good for is a laugh.

Qwerty (2)

I like Luke's sound, which provides a distant rumble. The drums sound decent too. But my keyboard is too loud.

I'm pretty sure Anand played drums on this song. I don't know what Allen was playing (if anything), though; I only hear one sax.

All Blues (2)

This is my favorite rendition of "All Blues". The solos were decent. Luke's playing was very tight.

I hear two saxes. Unless Jon overdubbed a second part (which I highly doubt), this means all five of us were here. Between Anand and Allen, I'm not sure who played what; they both played drums and sax at times.

I played mellophone the whole time, which kept me off the keyboard. This means no direct line-in, which helps keep the mix from being jarring. Nice version.

Anchovy Rock (3)

Wow, what energy! We rocket through our theme song. The only clunky part is the bridge, which was hard to play.

I mic'ed my keyboard, which helped preserve the live feeling of the mix. My vibe solo sounds distorted and cheesy, though. Can't win them all.

I only hear one sax. Where was Allen?

How Ya Is'n (3)

Yet another version of "How Ya Is'n". My voice was hoarse and my keyboard sounds annoying, but otherwise the sound is pretty decent.

The tempo drags a little bit, so I kept clapping to keep us in time.

Lyrics to "How Ya Is'n (3)":

INTRO:
  and it goes a little something like this
  hit it!

VERSE 1:
  cruisin' down the street i got to the place
  where the weirdos hang out and I got my mace ready
  for an incident 'cause you never know
  what a blind quadroplegic morphodite might show you

  i kept my distance from the darkest alley
  where the schitzofrentic ninjas were having a rally
  i heard a noise and i turned around
  i said: who had made that sound?

CHORUS:
  oh, i said:
  hey jon, how ya is'n?
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 2:
  suddenly i saw what i really had feared
  worse than kleptomaniacs, he really was weird
  behind him was a trail of arms and legs
  he stuck out his tongue to show his underarms

  he said "you got a nice tan but I got a nice blue
  that's right, i'm a leper, you can be a leper too"
  i said, "god you're slimy" and walked my own way
  the guy was gross enough to finish my day

CHORUS:
  i said:
  hey jon, oh!
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 3:
  i kept on walking to find my friend jon
  the leper had disappeared; i hoped he was gone
  i went to jon's place and he was waiting for me
  i was glad to be there, with a capital "e"

  i said, "hey jon, what's shaking?"
  "cooling.  what's up?"
  i said "girlies!"
  "oh, i guess i better get ready, huh huh huh!"

CHORUS:
  i said:
  hey, how ya is'n?
  hey jon, how ya is'n?
  take a solo

SOLOS

CHORUS:
  hey jon, how ya is'n?
  hey jon, how ya is'n?

VERSE 4:
  i saw an ant by the side of the road
  beside him was a rabbit and a big fat toad
  i asked him to my house and see if he did
  he came instead with some friends of his

CHORUS:
  hey jon

JON:
  fade out
  

Fish Time (4)

Decent version. I like the "mysterious" chords I played on my keyboard at the beginning. But then the keyboard gets annoying. Too loud!

The most interesting bit about this version is the end, where Anand's mom asks us to be quiet.

Lyrics to "Fish Time (4)":

ANAND'S MOM:
  can y'all hold on for just a few seconds while maya and steve...

JON:
  ok
  

Canon (4)

Ugh, my least favorite song. At least this time I didn't completely sabotage it with annoying keyboard solos (see "Canon (3)").

Still, my keyboard was way too loud! Why oh why must I be so loud on a song I hate playing? Meanwhile, you can never hear Jon, and Jon's the one who liked this song so much.

Christmas in Cancun (3)

This is a so-so version of my favorite song.

These were our last recorded moments with Jon. Soon after, he left to join a "real" band. Sniff.

How Ya Is'n (4)

This was the final performance of "How Ya Is'n".

Man, what bitterness. For about a year, our motif was making fun of Jon. I had to censor this for the web. Very harsh!

The nice thing is Luke's guitar work. Too bad nobody will ever hear it!

Lyrics to "How Ya Is'n (4)":

TRAV:
  this is the master anchovies
  trying to show jon that we don't need him
  this is a very short version of the rap

INTRO:
  and it tastest a little something like fish
  hit it!
  5,4,3,2,1, and

VERSE 1:
  cruisin' down the street i got to the place
  where the weirdos hang out and i got my mace ready
  for an incident 'cause you never know
  what a blind quadroplegic morphodite might show you

  i kept my distance from the darkest alley
  where the schitzofrentic ninjas were having a rally
  i heard a noise and i turned around
  who had made that sound?

[the following is heavily censored]

VERSE:
  ??? to the place
  where the weirdos come from
  and he looked around a little more
  and we picked up the tempo
  'cause we don't need jon

  yeah!

VERSE:
  ???
  and then, and then
  we got back together
  and tried to play
  some anchovies
  some day
  before graduation
  before we all went off to school
  and we left out jon
  ??? so cool

  and ???
  and we are cool
  and here's allen on the drums
  allen can solo
  here's allen
  

Jon Sucks

Man, this is a mean song. The music is great fun, though. Luke's guitar work is inspiring, and my keyboard solos are wild.

The song gets cut off at the end, which really sucks (no pun intended). It was really cool while it lasted. Too bad I have to censor it!

Lyrics to "Jon Sucks":

ANAND:
  jon sucks
  jon sucks...

TRAV:
  jon sucks
  jon sucks...

[heavily censored]

  here's allen

ALLEN:
  ooooooh [sings scat]
  do re mi fa so li ti do

TRAV:
  1,2,3,4
  1,2,3,4
  1,2,3,4
  1,2,3,4
  pickin up the pace, 3,4
  1,2,3,4
  1,2,3,4
  1,2,jon sucks
  jon sucks


ALLEN:
  ooooooh

  gotta go now, trav

TRAV:
  ???
  let's teach jon how much he sucks

ALLEN:
  ???
  see you at graduation
  i'm going now

TRAV:
  ???
  

Applause Intro

Allen wasn't actually there; this introduction was my idea of a joke.

Lyrics to "Applause Intro":

TRAV:
  let's give a round of applause for allen foster
  

Fireflyz (1)

This was our debut of my swinging jazz song from College Collection. It sounds pretty lame with the canned drums; I think my Tripecac version sounds more lively.

Anand played the sax. I think this was the first time he played lead for us. I played the walking bass line with my left hand, and the piano sound in my right hand. I'm not sure what Luke did; maybe he just played the vibe solo?

It was very difficult to solo with my right hand while playing the bass with my left; that's probably why I said "oh no".

Lyrics to "Fireflyz (1)":

TRAV:
  oh no
  

Demian (2)

"Demian" actually sounded okay with the keyboard drums. This was more reggae than our version(s) with Jon.

Lyrics to "Demian (2)":

INTRO:
  this is take 3 demian, last time

VERSE:
  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's sun who bares the mark
  satan's spawn, his simple shepherd
  savior of the light and dark

CHORUS:
  demian
  got hates you, demian
  but does he love you, demian?

  ok, here we go

  repeat
  ahhh
  

Don't Disregard Me (1)

I first wrote the lyrics back on 1988-01-26 for Trex. In 1992 I fit those lyrics to a completely different tune, which I arranged for the Anchovies.

This version is my favorite. The music is super-bouncy. It also contains the fantasy-themed third verse (the "punch line") which we later dropped.

Lyrics to "Don't Disregard Me (1)":

VERSE 1:
  will you understand me when i say i'm in a fit?
  my life is left in shambles and i feel like i maybe should quit
  will you still respect me when i ask for your advice?
  do you think you'll turn away or will you still be nice?

  the one thing that i ask of you is will you still love me?
  or will you just ignore me and pretend that you're feeling ill?
  if i'm turning left then must you always turn to the right?
  how long will you ignore me, keep me up so late at night?

CHORUS:
  please don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  please don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

VERSE 2:
  oh, i wonder if my courage failed when i first said "hello?"
  'cuz i forgot to tell you that they're something you really should know
  i get a little shy when there is something i must ask
  i thought you'd get upset when i must take away my mask

  go anand

  i'm not at all the guy you met when you first saw me blush
  i'm not so cool and more like a fool when it comes all in a  rush
  oh you were standing next to me when i happened to cough
  it was small at first but then it got worse and my head toppled off!

CHORUS:
  please don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  please don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

VERSE 3:
  oh everyone has his secrets that he keeps to his own self
  we all are different; no one's perfect as anyone else
  i must admit i hid it from you for a long, long time
  that i'm not really human - except maybe in my mind

  so don't you fret if i forget that you don't like surprise
  excuse me if i scare you when i'm taking out my eyes
  or if you see me washing off my heart with the above
  does not mean that i can't feel or that i cannot love

CHORUS:
  so don't don't don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  oh no, don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend
  oh

  

Aren't You Sorry (1)

This was the end of an early version of "Aren't You Sorry".

Lyrics to "Aren't You Sorry (1)":

aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  

Demian (3)

It sounds like we were learning as we went along. I think by "snag" I meant move to some part of the song. I've never used that term (musically) since then. Weird.

Lyrics to "Demian (3)":

TRAV:
  demian

LUKE:
  give us cues

TRAV:
  snag
  can you play it higher?
  snag
  hit
  snag
  bridge

  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's son who bears the mark
  something spawn, a simple shepherd
  something of the light and dark

  demian
  god loves you, demian

  can you play the ninth?
  hit hit hit
  a minor, a minor
  snag

  b e
  let's try the bridge again
  ???
  so we snag

  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's son who bears the mark
  satan's spawn, a simple shepherd
  ??? light and dark

  god loves you, demian
  gotta blaa blaa blaa blaa

  a minor
  

Fireflyz Intro

Again, Allen wasn't there, and again, I made a joke about it. This time Anand joined me in the hilarity.

Lyrics to "Fireflyz Intro":

TRAV:
  this is, uh, featuring, featuring allen foster
  this is "a Taste of Jazz", a/k/a "fireflyz"

ANAND:
  go, allen

TRAV:
  starts off with the bass and nothing else
  

Fireflyz (2)

This is a decent version. Luke's vibe solo is pretty cool.

Allen wasn't really there. I played the bass line with my left hand and the piano part with my right.

Lyrics to "Fireflyz (2)":

TRAV:
  allen foster on bass
  give him a hand

ANAND, TRAV:
  wooh!

TRAV:
  now!

LUKE:
  play it, allen

TRAV:
  here's luke
  and here's anand
  and here's allen foster on the bass, by himself
  go allen!
  and here we go again

Aren't You Sorry (2)

This is our first full version of "Aren't You Sorry". It's a vocal version of "Old Reggae Song", which we played before Jon joined us in 1989.

Luke and I did the vocals. We were a little negative about Jon, but not as bad as in Dead Practice 1.

The good news is the music. It's very bouncy. I was in the poppiest phase of my songwriting. Luke and Anand did a great job of bouncing along with me.

Lyrics to "Aren't You Sorry (2)":

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

VERSE:
  jon you're a [censored]

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

VERSE:
  jon you're a [censored]
  oh

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  so suck on this

VERSE:
  jon you're a idiot
  jon you're a putz
  jon you're a [censored]

BRIDGE:
  yuck
  allen foster on bass
  ??? on bass

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  bad choice, so suck on this

  left jon, left jon?
  left all this?
  left jon, left jon?
  left all this?

VERSE:
  jon suck on us
  

Drizzle (1)

This is the earliest recorded version of "Drizzle", which is a song that I later recorded for College Collage.

I wanted the music really moody, so I emulated The Cure.

This version crumbles at the end, and the lyrics are unfinished. However, there's a really nice texture here that we weren't able to recapture in later versions.

Lyrics to "Drizzle (1)":

[indistinct talking during early part]

VERSE:
  it was a night just like any other night
  but what is was ???
  it was playing hack
  ???
  oh, this is the ??? bridge
  

Anchovy Rock (4)

This was our first post-Jon attempt at "Anchovy Rock". I think we changed its key from F (which was sax-friendly) to E (which was keyboard-friendly).

This version is okay. I like the fast tempo. The solos are pathetic, though. And the keyboard drums drop out temporarily in the middle.

Aren't You Sorry (3)

We dropped the vocals during the verse. The muffling is horrid. I much prefer the version on Dead Practice 3.

Lyrics to "Aren't You Sorry (3)":

INTRO:
  ???
  wooh! yeah
  here we go, yeah
  this is ???
  here we go

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

BRIDGE:
  nando trav sky trav
  nando trav sky trav...

  here we go ???

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this
  

Drizzle (2)

This was our first full version of "Drizzle". Too bad the muffled sound quality kills it.

The lyrics are about Jon (surprise surprise). This time they're not too negative.

Lyrics to "Drizzle (2)":

VERSE 1:
  it was a cold night in december
  he walked the steps all alone
  to the door, knowing that his friends were inside there
  and he stood (they're inside) on the porch (having fun)
  and he waited on the porch out in the cold

VERSE 2:
  it was a wet afternoon in april
  he locked his car and hurried though the rain
  all the raindrops they couldn't wash his tears away
  and he cried "let me in! please let me in! hey guys, let me in!
  i wanna be your friend again."

BRIDGE:
  it was a humid evening in july
  the band got together and played that night
  their music was loud and thick (thick!)
  they didn't need jon, had guitars and keyboards...

  and crazy anand on the sax
  funky luke on the keys
  groovy trav on the bass
  what more did they need?
  yeah!

VERSE 1:
  it was a cold night in december
  he walked the steps all alone
  to the door, knowing that his friends were inside there
  and he stood (they're inside) on the porch
  having fun out in the cold
  

Don't Disregard Me (2)

This is a so-so version. I wish it weren't so muffled.

Lyrics to "Don't Disregard Me (2)":

ANAND:
  what's the bridge?

TRAV:
  there is no bridge

ANAND:
  oh

VERSE:
  will you understand me when i say I'm in a fit?
  my life is left in shambles and i feel like i maybe should quit
  will you still respect me when i ask for your advice?
  do you think you'll turn away or will you still be nice?

  hey!

  the one thing that i ask of you is will you still love me?
  or will you just ignore me and pretend that you're diseased?
  if i'm turning left then must you always turn to the right?
  how long will you ignore me, keep me up so late at night?

CHORUS:
  oh please don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  no no, don't forget me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

VERSE 2:
  oh, i wonder if my courage failed when i first said "hello?"
  'cuz i forgot to tell you that they're something you should know
  i get a little shy when there is something i must ask
  i thought you'd get upset when i must take away my mask

  hey!

  oh, i'm not at all the guy you met when you first saw me blush (blush)
  i'm not so cool and more like a fool when it comes all in a  rush (rush)
  oh you were standing next to me when i happened to cough
  it was small at first but then it got worse and my head toppled off!

CHORUS:
  please don't disregard me
  oh i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  oh no, don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

  go anand
  ???
  

Demian (4)

This is muffled and uninspired, but fast enough to keep you from nodding off.

Lyrics to "Demian (4)":

[indistinct yelling]

VERSE:
  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's son who bears the mark
  satan's spawn, a simple shepherd
  child of the light and dark

CHORUS:
  demian
  demian
  

Anchovy Rock (5)

The muffling is irritating and the tempo's sluggish. On the plus side, I like the embellished keyboard parts.

Stupid Improv

This sounds a little like "Aren't You Sorry" but was actually a one-off improv. I made up some lyrics about Jon. Which I had to censor. Of course.

Lyrics to "Stupid Improv":

???
[censored]

a capella
???
trav trav trav trav ...

nando trav sky trav ...
everybody scream
  

Floor Gig Intro

This is a quick intro, a little crude. I've censored the words for the web page and omitted the mp3. You can probably guess the joke.

Lyrics to "Floor Gig Intro":

we are here live at the floor gig

this is the dead a/k/a mast***

shut up, trav
  

Drizzle (3)

I like this better than the Dead Practice 4 version. The sound quality is a little less muffled, and my vocals are more energetic, even a bit hyper. It even has a rare fourth verse.

The lyrics' "August" reference makes me think this practice was recorded in August.

Lyrics to "Drizzle (3)":

INTRO:
  this one is called drizzle

VERSE 1:
  it was a cold night in december
  he walked the steps all alone
  to the door, knowing that his friends were inside there
  and he stood (they're inside) on the porch (having fun)
  out in the cold

  here we go

VERSE 2:
  it was a wet afternoon in mid-april
  he locked his car and hurried though the rain
  all the raindrops they couldn't wash his tears away
  so he cried "let me in! let me in! let me in!
  i wanna be your friend again."

BRIDGE:
  it was a humid evening in july
  the band got together and played that night
  their music was loud and thick (thick!)
  they didn't need jon, had guitars and keyboards

  and crazy anand on the sax
  funky luke on the keys
  groovy trav on the bass
  what more did they need?
  yeah!

VERSE 4:
  it was a soft night in august
  the band was all huddled in the air conditioning down in the basement
  travis wished that jon could be here to hold his microphone
  but he ???
  he thought "they're not home"
  

Aren't You Sorry (4)

I don't know if the knocking near the beginning was us or my parents. Other than that, the flubbed chorus, and the nice chord at the end, this version is devoid of character. But aren't they all?

Lyrics to "Aren't You Sorry (4)":

TRAV:
  wooh

LUKE:
  get funky

TRAV:
  here's an impossible song
  it's dedicated to our rolling microphone
  which jon could be holding
  as stated in the last song

CHORUS:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

CHORUS:
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  the anch--[laughter]
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?

  a capella, a capella
  here we go

BRIDGE:
        trav sky trav
  nando trav sky trav
  nando trav sky trav...

  woooh

CHORUS:
  oh, aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet
  we're not dead so suck on this

END:
  suck on this
  

Christmas in Cancun (4)

This was the final recording of "Christmas in Cancun". It's okay. Our mix wasn't great. I wish it weren't so muffled. The solos are barely there, too. Sigh.

Lyrics to "Christmas in Cancun (4)":

hit it allen
all right, everyone else
let's rock
  

Don't Disregard Me (3)

This was the final recording of "Don't Disregard Me". I like the alternating solos at the end. I still think the Dead Practice 2 version has the most bounce.

Lyrics to "Don't Disregard Me (3)":

INTRO:
  take 7?
  ha ha ha

VERSE:
  will you understand me when i say I'm in a fit?
  oh my life is left in shambles and i feel like i maybe should quit
  oh will you still respect me when i ask for your advice?
  do you think you'll turn away or will you still be nice?

  hey!

  the one thing that i ask of you is will you love me still?
  or will you just ignore me and pretend that you're feeling ill?
  if i'm turning left then must you always turn to the right?
  how long will you ignore me, keep me up so late at night?

CHORUS:
  oh please don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  oh no, don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

VERSE 2:
  ??? wonder if my courage failed when i first said "hello?" (hello)
  'cuz i forgot to tell you that they're something you should know
  i get a little shy when there is something i must ask
  i thought you'd get upset when i take away my mask

  hey!

  oh, i'm not at all the man you met when you first saw me blush (blush)
  i'm not so cool and more like a fool when it comes all in a rush (rush)
  oh you were standing next to me when i just started to cough
  it was small at first but then it got worse and my head toppled off!

CHORUS:
  oh please don't disregard me
  i goofed up but don't let this be the end
  oh no, don't disconsider me
  i know you're hurt but try to stay my friend

SOLOS:
  hit it
  go anand
  go luke
  go anand
  luke
  anand
  luke
  anand
  luke
  melody
  allen
  wow
  

Demian (5)

Here's yet another version of "Demian". It's a little sloppy, and fast. The mix isn't great. Neither are the solos. Really, there isn't anything special about this one.

Lyrics to "Demian (5)":

TRAV:
  okay, that last verse before we rock
  with anand soloing, you can get ready

LUKE:
  ok, i'll start going over it in my mind or something

TRAV:
  here we go

VERSE:
  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's son who bears the mark
  satan's spawn, a simple shepherd
  child of the light, repeat

  demian, the youth enlightened
  eva's son who bears the mark
  satan's spawn, a simple shepherd
  child of the light and dark

CHORUS:
  demian
  

Improv Intro (Trav)

It was the end of practice. The other guys were starting to leave. I kept the tape recorder rolling. This captures our chatter right before I started playing again.

Lyrics to "Improv Intro (Trav)":

LUKE:
  going away for the weekend
  leaving tomorrow afternoon [???]

ANAND?:
  where you going?

TRAV:
  we're gonna end on a travis emmitt
  solo improv spectacular extravaganza

  yay, everyone give a hand for travis and his drum machine

LUKE:
  go trav, go trav, go go go trav
  go trav...

TRAV:
  go
  

Clash Improv (Trav)

If I had been polite, I would have said goodbye to Luke and Anand. But then I wouldn't have recorded this.

As they were leaving, I pressed "play" and started improvising. I started off weird and then morphed into a Clash song called "Sandinista". I explored that for a while, and then when I got sick of it, I decided to play something normal: "Anchovy Rock"...

Lyrics to "Clash Improv (Trav)":

TRAV:
  you know, i'm going to sing
  get busy

LUKE:
  bye guys

ANAND:
  bye luke

TRAV:
  bye luke, thanks for coming

LUKE:
  see ya man
  see ya trav

TRAV:
  bye luke, thanks for coming

  everybody's left now
  they're gone and i'm by myself
  everybody's left now
  they're gone and i'm by myself

  everybody's left now
  they're gone and i'm by myself

  [???]

  what's that from? that's from something
  what's that from? that's from something
  what's that from? that's from something
  what's that from? that's from something

  what's that from? that's from something
  what's that from? that's from something
  what's that from? that's from something
  it's the clash

  all right, one last song
  

Anchovy Rock (Trav)

This is one of my favorite renditions of "Anchovy Rock". It's just me and my drum machine, live. It's not rock solid but it's got lots of really cool bits.

Lyrics to "Anchovy Rock (Trav)":

this is it

[scat]
  

Trav Intro

This was an intro I recorded, probably sometime in 1993. I might have also recorded it for the tape version of Complete Anchovies, which I initially assembled in December 1994.

Lyrics to "Trav Intro":

all righty, that just was travis by himself playing his improv

okay, basically on the first side we had "aren't you sorry that you left jon"
then we had "drizzle"
then we had "demian" and "anchovy rock" and then the "stupid improv"
and then we had some more "drizzle", "aren't you sorry", "christmas in cancun",
"don't disregard me"

on this side, we had "demian" and then me improv[is]ing

um, basically, this, uh...
what we've heard up to now was recorded in the summer of 1992

it was the dead anchovies
it consisted of allen, anand...
actually, allen never showed up
it was just anand, luke, and travis and um we had our trusty drum machine

what you're about to hear is taken from early 1993 in january
a winter practice
it's the middle of our sophomore years at college and, uh, it was recorded here
it includes all three of us plus allen
okay?
we're still sans jon

but you can hear, uh, the result of those practices in just a minute
  

Drizzle (4)

This is the final, live-drums version of "Drizzle". I rearranged it to fit my Tripecac version (on College Collage).

It's clumbsy as heck. The transitions to and from the reggae section are total clunkers. It's kinda funny, though.

I don't know what the phone call was. It sounds like one of us wasn't there, but I can't tell who. At times it sounds like there are three keyboards plus drums.

Lyrics to "Drizzle (4)":

???:
  it's so ???

TRAV:
  this is it
  we're recording actually
  not that it matters
  the anch--
  he's on his way

INTRO:
  aren't you sorry that you left jon, left jon?
  aren't you sorry that you left all this?
  the anchovies are not dead yet, dead yet

  1,2,3

CHANT:
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

VERSE:
  it was a cold night in december
  with a shiver and a tear and his saxophone he hurried through the rain (rain rain)
  down the steps, to the door, wondering if his friends were inside there
  so he knocked [knock knock] and he waited, but nobody came
  he could see them through the window, so he knocked again

CHANT:
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

VERSE:
  and on that cold night in december
  while the rain turned to sleet and then to snow
  the metal pads on his saxophone began to freeze (no pun intended)
  and the tears were running down his frozen nose

  the tears were running freely now
  does that make you feel sad?
  well, jon deserves no sympathy
  he's the one who left the band

CHANT:
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

REGGAE:
  i'm bored, let's play some reggae
  drum fill
  chorus, chorus

  now you're feeling like a stupid idiot
  and now you're feeling a trifle left out
  you miss the fun times that we used to have
  and you miss the anchovies: al, anand, luke, and trav

  now you're feeling like a stupid idiot
  and now you're feeling a trifle left out
  you miss the good  times that we used to have
  used to have, used to have

  now you're feeling like a stupid idiot
  ??? second solo!
  you miss the good  times that we used to have
  and you miss the anchovies: al, anand, luke, and trav
  ???

  should we let jon in?
  no, keep playing!
  1,2,3,4

CHANT:
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

  tell me jon, tell me jon:           whatcha gonna do?
  gotta tell me jon, tell me jon:     are ya feelin' blue?
  tell me jon, tell me jon:           you gonna cry too?
  you gotta tell me jon, tell me jon: whatsa matter you?

  1,2,3,4

VERSE:
  it was a la la la la... in april (in april, in april...)
  la la la la ... pouring rain
  la la la la ...
  let me in! let me in!
  please, please, let me in!
  please, please, please, please... let me in

  i wanna be your friend again

TRAV:
  okay, take two

ANAND:
  i wanna hear that first

TRAV:
  you wanna hear that?!?
  

Anchovy Rock (6)

This was our final version of our theme song, "Anchovy Rock". This one had three keyboard parts and vocals!

We switched parts (and tempos) in the middle of it. I moved from keyboard to drums. From what we were saying, it sounds like Allen was initially on drums. I don't hear Anand at all, so I'm guessing he had left by this point.

Lyrics to "Anchovy Rock (6)":

TRAV/LUKE:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock...

TRAV:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock
  here's allen with his vocal solo
  say something, allen

ALLEN:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock...

TRAV?
  ???

ALLEN:
  i can't --
  i can't sing and syncopate at the same time

TRAV:
  luke, wanna play the bass?

LUKE:
  i'll see what i can do

TRAV:
  allen, you and i can switch positions

ALLEN:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock
  let's see if travis can sing and play at the same time

TRAV:
  nothing
  ??? transition, wasn't it?

ALLEN:
  yeah it was

TRAV:
  wooh!
  ok, that's better
  yo, ok
  allen, can you turn down the, uh
  yes, that one
  travis is a pro

ALLEN:
  what key is this?

TRAV:
  it's e

ALLEN/TRAV:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock...

TRAV:
  anchovy rock
  anchovy rock...
  here's allen

ALLEN:
  ??? rock
  ???

TRAV:
  here, allen
  you fiddle with the ??? with the reverb box
  makes the voice do all sorts of fun stuff

ALLEN:
  no delay, no reverb
  there it is
  ???

TRAV:
  now here's luke with his vocal solo

LUKE:
  ???

ALLEN:
  the funky polka
  funny, this amp looks like the one from the band room

TRAV:
  this is stand up anchovies
  here's allen foster with his jokes for the night

ALLEN:
  what do you call a blonde with brain cells?
  pregnant
  

Stand Up 1

For some reason we decided to tell jokes. This first part centers around a (pretty funny) joke that Luke had heard recently.

I think Allen played the little keyboard run at 0:43. I banged on the drums.

Lyrics to "Stand Up 1":

TRAV:
  and now here is the joke telling extravaganza
  and we're gonna take turns telling jokes
  i'll do the drum fills
  and you guys can do the dramatic organ stuff
  you guys can start
  we'll clap too
  so you feel better

LUKE:
  ok here's a short series of jokes
  i've heard recently
  it's luke in his wtju voice
  and here's a few jokes to start the evening
  why do elephants paint their balls red?
  anyone?

ALLEN:
  why? why?

LUKE:
  so they can hide in cherry trees

ALLEN:
  ha ha ha

TRAV:
  yay yay

LUKE:
  and now for the second in the series
  what's the loudest noise in the jungle?
  anyone? anyone?

TRAV:
  wow that's great!

LUKE:
  giraffes eating cherries

ALLEN:
  oh, ha ha

TRAV:
  ???

LUKE:
  thank you thank you
  now we'll move on to somebody else

TRAV:
  really good
  

Cheesy Intro

This is a segue from our joke telling back into music. I was trying to tell Allen which voice on my keyboard was the organ. Pretty clunky.

Lyrics to "Cheesy Intro":

TRAV:
  don't forget the dramatic organ music
  organ

LUKE:
  [laughs]

TRAV:
  it's voice number 20
  20
  uh

ALLEN:
  voice?

TRAV:
  here, ok, we gotta do that cheesy theme music
  1,2
  

Cheesy Theme Music

This was supposed to be the theme music for our stand up routine. It's pretty amorphous.

Lyrics to "Cheesy Theme Music":

TRAV:
  cheesy theme music, everyone play
  cheesy, cheesy theme music
  let's go!
  ???

LUKE:
  it's ??? telling jokes with travis
  ??? telling jokes and travises
  tell lots of jokes ???

TRAV:
  allen with the theme music
  

Dead Chatter

We had nothing to say but we didn't want to stop recording. This is our pathetic at getting back into the music. Towards the end, Allen started singing (lamely).

Lyrics to "Dead Chatter":

TRAV:
  and here we are live

LUKE:
  live from the basement

TRAV:
  it's sunday night
  sunday evening

LUKE:
  we have a whole live review

TRAV:
  here's allen with another
  here's either, one of you guys, ??? joke
  [silence]
  hey let's sing chords

ALL:
  ahhh

ALLEN:
  what is this?

LUKE:
  singing chords

ALLEN:
  oh, singing chords
  it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday
  

Anchovy Xmas

Luke launched into "White Christmas" and we feebly followed... Briefly. I'm guessing that Allen played the keyboard chord at 0:13.

Lyrics to "Anchovy Xmas":

LUKE:
  i'm dreaming of a white christmas
  just like the ones they used to know
  where the tree tops glisten
  and sleigh bells something
  and something and sleigh bells in the snow
  hey hey hey

TRAV:
  yeah

LUKE:
  i'm dreaming of white christmas
  da da da da

???:
  we wish you a merry christmas
  

We Do Requests

More babbling. You can tell why we never were not a cover band.

Lyrics to "We Do Requests":

TRAV:
  ok this is the a capella anchovies

ALLEN:
  a capella

TRAV:
  on drums
  we do requests
  well, anybody in the audience have any requests?

LUKE:
  freebird

TRAV:
  ok we'll play freebird
  there's an awesome guitar solo that we'll have to skip now
  allen, actually allen can do scat
  ok, how does, ??? the vocals?

LUKE:
  can we scat the solo first?

ALLEN:
  what is that?

TRAV:
  what are the vocals for freebird?

LUKE:
  um, i don't know them, sorry

TRAV:
  freebird!
  ok we need another one
  i'm sorry, we don't have that record in stock

ALLEN:
  in stock

LUKE:
  put it on the playlist

TRAV:
  what was that?

ALLEN:
  it's not on the playlist

TRAV:
  it's not on the a-list, next

ALLEN:
  not, not on the a-list

LUKE:
  ok

TRAV:
  you can give yourself a robotic voice
  by turning it up two notches
  but you just move down

ALLEN:
  yeah, delay?

LUKE:
  two voices

ALLEN:
  yeah, good call

TRAV:
  anyway, so
  i know, african tribal chant

ALLEN:
  ok
  

Tribal Anchovies

This was supposed to be "African" tribal music, but it sounds more like Native American chanting to me. Not that I'm an expert. It just doesn't sound very African to me.

Lyrics to "Tribal Anchovies":

ALL:
  [chanting]

LUKE:
  hey trav, cue us in

TRAV:
  this is african anchovies
  let's start with a
  ready?

ALL:
  [chanting]

???:
  ??? for breakfast
  ??? for breakfast
  

Eating Anchovies

Listening to this will make you want your 53 seconds of life back.

Lyrics to "Eating Anchovies":

TRAV:
  [chomping]

ALLEN:
  [laughing]
  quick, take it away from him

TRAV:
  you can do this too, allen, if you get reverb on it
  this is three guys eating
  the eating anchovies

ALL:
  [chomping]

ALLEN:
  [laughing]
  one to keep forever
  

Stand Up 2

More joke telling. It was pretty lame. At the end, Luke got restless and started playing his keyboard.

Lyrics to "Stand Up 2":

TRAV:
  back to stand up
  let's tell blonde jokes
  what do you get when you cross allen with a blonde?

ALLEN:
  what?

TRAV:
  allen!

ALLEN:
  ha ha

TRAV:
  tell

ALLEN:
  why did the blonde stare at the orange juice container for 20 minutes?

TRAV:
  why?

ALLEN:
  it said concentrate

TRAV:
  that's good
  what do you get when you cross allen with a whore?

ALLEN:
  what?

TRAV:
  lots of kids!

ALLEN:
  ha ha

TRAV:
  not fair

ALLEN:
  ha ha

TRAV:
  what do you cross
  what do you get when you cross allen with a goat?
  lots of kids!

ALLEN:
  ha

LUKE:
  ha ha ha

TRAV:
  someone else can tell jokes

ALLEN:
  somebody will
  stupid

TRAV:
  what do you get when you cross jon...

ALLEN:
  with a whore?
  nothing!

TRAV:
  you get jon and a whore

ALLEN:
  no

TRAV:
  ok, luke's gonna wanna to play something
  so we're gonna try to play now
  

Psychedelic Anchovies

This was the last piece of music we played together as a band. It was a moody improv, with me on drums and Allen and Luke on keyboards. It's pretty awful, musically.

Lyrics to "Psychedelic Anchovies":

TRAV:
  this is psychedelic anchovies
  ??? anchovies
  look at allen's keyboard
  ???
  all that's nice
  new age anchovies
  with a little bit of african music
  ???
  that's very nice
  ???
  ah, that's nice
  ah, that's nice
  

Super Studs Intro 1

This is a semi-boring intro to our first take.

Lyrics to "Super Studs Intro 1":

???:
  ???

TRAV:
  yeah you can do that
  i don't care to rap that much because i'm not very good
  ok, you guys ready?

???:
  yeah

TRAV:
  this is the anchovies
  christmas of '93
  we tried playing the hard songs
  think of this as the genesis
  this is the genesis of our stardom
  silence
  alrighty
  alrighty
  here we go

LUKE:
  playing through the whole song
  ???

TRAV:
  anand, you can introduce us

ANAND:
  master anchovies live on their parents' floor
  on keyboard is luke
  on keyboard is trav
  on drum is trav's keyboard
  and i'm singing
  the next is about a little trip we all took to paris
  you can start any time now
  keyboard solo ???

TRAV:
  anand, how much -
  how much -
  yo

ANAND:
  yo

TRAV:
  here we go
  here we go
  wooh!
  is this on?
  here we go
  here we go
  ok
  here we go
  1,2
  

Super Studs (1)

Our first take had some catchy vocals by Anand. I think he had pre-written the first few verses of the vocals.

I think the awful sax playing is me. Anand's rapping was much better than mine or Luke's.

Lyrics to "Super Studs (1)":

ANAND:
  i was in paris; it was only last week
  it was a nice day so i went for a walk on the street
  i looked around and the weather was nice
  and i said, what a good day for a sacrifice

  i went to the nearest town square
  i grabbed a girl down, held her up by the hair
  i put a knife, cut her open right in the chest
  and i took her heart and i left the rest

  heart in one hand, held up in the air
  everyone around started cheering me there
  i was enjoying my time
  until the cops came around and they didn't look happy now

  i started running with the cops chasing me
  they wanted to have the heart back now ???
  i kept running and i ran around the corner
  and i hoped that i lost them but i didn't really think so

  travis --
  is not here right now
  so i was on my own
  i kept on running
  didn't have a quarter
  or i would have called up luke on the telephone
  here's travis

TRAV:
  yeah, that's what i did
  uh-huh

ANAND:
  ???

LUKE:
  ???
  and there was nothing i could do
  'cause i was living in paris
  as a matter of fact
  ??? recently arrested for hate crimes
  and i'd been in prison
  ???
  ??? on his head
  so ??? foreign policy
  ??? minister
  ???

ANAND:
  that's right, we were all caught
  we were all caught
  allen's not here
  ???
  back to paris, the cops still behind me
  and the microphone's not working so it didn't matter if i rhymed
  here we go, let's try it again

  back to paris, the cops still behind
  and i was running trying to behind
  having a good old time
  and around the corner down the corner on the street ???

TRAV:
  1,2,3,4
  help
  here's anand

ANAND:
  i made it to the lobby of tje nearest hotel
  i jumped behind the counter and i grabbed the phone
  i called up travis to see if he was there
  and when he answered he had this to say to me:

TRAV:
  hi, anand
  ???

ANAND:
  it was good to hear his voice again i had to admit
  this microphone sounds like s---
  i was still in trouble
  and so i took off down the lobby down the street on the double

  i was running as fast as i could
  'cause i knew the cops would kill me if i let them; i knew they would
  i went back to hotel where i stayed
  and i needed to pack because i had to get out today

  went down to the hotel lobby
  and i checked to make sure the cops weren't there
  i took off, grabbed my car, drove to the airport
  i bought a new ticket and i got a new drummer too

  here he comes

TRAV:
  ??? take a solo

ANAND:
  i got myself a ticket and i boarded the plane
  i said good, the cops aren't here; i was going insane
  the plane took off; when we were finally in the air
  i said oh, god, thank god, i'm finally out of there

  it was about 7 hours before we landed again
  we were in the charlottesville airport; i was happy now
  i went down to the ??? to see
  if i could find luke and he was there waiting for me
  and he said:

LUKE:
  hey nando
  what're you doing here in charlottesville airport?
  you break into another one of these little ???
  ??? not rhyme

ANAND:
  i went hey luke, it's good to see you again
  you should have seen the s--- that i just went through then

LUKE:
  yeah, i bet paris is a b---- at this time of year

ANAND:
  it was hot too

LUKE:
  really?

ANAND:
  i said luke, you know, paris is nice
  but don't go there if you're going to perform a human sacrifice
  it makes you mad, madder than h--
  and if they had the choice they'd kill you; then you wouldn't feel well

LUKE:
  ???
  ??? microphone actually 'cause you ???

ANAND:
  i know how you feel; i wonder where travis is
  he's been knocking on his keyboard in that house of his
  i said we can get in my car and go see him

???:
  let's go
  i'm parked right outside the airport
  hey let's go

ANAND:
  got to travis' house and he was there in the living room
  he was ??? playing a tune
  i said hey trav, long time no see
  here's a microphone; it's your turn

TRAV:
  i am ??? in the bass and i don't know what to do
  i'm almost through

ANAND:
  it's good to see you trav
  it's time to go, 'cause you're a real drag
  i know, luke, we can try to find allen
  i know it's just about impossible; he's probably at his grandma's

LUKE:
  again?

ANAND:
  that's right

LUKE:
  let's head over there

ANAND:
  and we drove to his house
  he wasn't there, that m--f-- louse
  seeing his grandmother again or something like that
  he's never there, and ???

  i got an idea; let's and back to see trav
  we can start a rap with what we have
  we had a good time; we've been across the continent

TRAV:
  1,2,3,4
  3,4
  now

LUKE:
  we really gotta get another drummer

TRAV:
  ???
  all right, someone ???
  ??? can play ??? again

LUKE:
  okay

TRAV:
  ???

ANAND:
  i ??? a little; i'm having fun, though
  and i think i made it out with a 3.0
  now i just have to get a job which looks like fun
  if i can get one on an island i'll be basking in the sun

  hanging out with the students again
  ??? a lot of fun but ???

TRAV:
  ???
  wanna play sax?

ANAND:
  it was christmas time; it was ???
  i traveled 'round the campus thinking about a girl who's pretty
  i had a good time singing; that's all
  upset about the drummer; he's f---ing up all the songs
  and i'm singing
  just singing
  the song's about over now
  we had a lot of fun, we sing like s--- now

TRAV:
  you wanna do a --
  

Super Studs Intro 2

This is a short intro to our second take. I thought Anand was doing awesome at rapping, and wanted him to continue. He didn't share my faith in his ability to rap.

Lyrics to "Super Studs Intro 2":

TRAV:
  we can do a take 2, okay?
  and just make it a lot shorter?

ANAND:
  i don't know the lyrics

TRAV:
  that's okay

ANAND:
  it's hard to sing about the same thing
  give me something to think about
  sing about

TRAV:
  sing about school, okay?
  but when i ???
  okay, this is it
  this is take 2
  this is the one that we'll probably distribute on our best of the oldies stuff
  

Super Studs (2)

This second take wasn't nearly as long as the first one, but it also wasn't as funny. I think Anand was getting tired.

My cornet solo was pretty pathetic. It was probably the first time that I touched a horn since 1991. Anand called it a mellophone in his lyrics, but it's definitely a cornet, since the mellophone belonged to the high school (and I was in college).

Lyrics to "Super Studs (2)":

ANAND:
  my name is nando; i go to the uva
  i have a lot of fun there; i work and play
  i'm always ??? undergrad, 3rd year, double-e
  luke goes there too
  trav's a f--; he doesn't go to the u
  he goes to william and mary like all the rest of the f--
  ??? as long as he doesn't trip and gag
  it almost rhymed
  ??? we're gonna have ourselves a good time

TRAV:
  ???

ANAND:
  here we go now
  ???

TRAV:
  well we were looking for inspiration
  so we turned to something

ANAND:
  ???
  the band used to have more member or two
  his name was jon, but that's now true
  he used to play the saxophone when he was around
  but now he's gone, and our band has no sound

  trav's on the mellophone
  and he likes to be ???
  he can rhyme too
  ??? do that?

  ???
  luke's on keyboard; he likes to play
  ??? i'm sure he's not gay
  it's almost his turn to rap ???
  here he goes; your turn

TRAV:
  ???

LUKE:
  ??? at trav's house
  ???
  the microphone's screaming
  oh the joys of reverb, reverb, reverb
  ??? in a bottle
  i wonder how to spend ???
  play it trav
  we need some more keys in here
  ???

TRAV:
  wanna play sax, anand?

LUKE:
  wail on that thing
  my name is luke and i come from down under
  i have lots of sisters and i don't have no brothers

TRAV:
  you guys wanna do a take 3?

ANAND:
  huh?

TRAV:
  wanna do a take 3?

LUKE:
  ???
  we wondered why, why, why
  

Super Studs Intro 3

As the takes got shorter, so did the intros. The fourth intro doesn't even exist.

Lyrics to "Super Studs Intro 3":

TRAV:
  i mean, a serious take 3

ANAND:
  serious
  

Super Studs (3)

We wrote out the lyrics this time. We still recorded with mics, with no direct line-ins. The lyrics almost match the final version.

I like Luke's helicopter effect in the beginning. Also, his solo was pretty neat.

Lyrics to "Super Studs (3)":

TRAV:
  this is live

VERSE:
  it was a saturday (saturday), people walking around
  'cause it was christmas time and there was shopping going down
  there was one old lady walking really slow
  she weaved from side to side trying to keep up with the flow

  she walked so slow like she was going in reverse
  a guy ran by her and then he took off with her purse
  she screamed for help (help) but no one could hear
  the guy kept running and figured he was in the clear

CHORUS:
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they haven't heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE:
  all of a sudden, caught by surprise
  the man was tackled by three extremely good-looking guys
  it was the anchovies: anand, trav, and luke
  the guy was so scared he gave up the purse and then he puked

CHORUS:
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they haven't heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE:
  they walked back up the mall and returned the purse
  the lady was so happy that she asked them to sing a verse
  nando was the drummer of course he didn't sing
  but travis went first with some lyrics that he had to wing

BRIDGE:
  oh, it's colder than a popsicle
  so pardon me if i don't carry your groceries
  but i like your argoyle socks, ma'am
  okay, that's enough, gramma, get out of my face!

  i gave a little push and her legs gave way
  she hit the ground will a yell of pain
  anand and luke got their butts out of there
  but i ran too slow; the cops put me in jail

CHORUS:
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go luke!)

VERSE (LUKE SOLO):
  go luke!
  oh yeah

CHORUS:
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go anand!)

VERSE:
  it was a saturday and now trav's in bail
  anand and luke we checked the pockets but couldn't come up with the bail
  he was gone, he was out of sight
  it must have been, it just didn't seem right

TRAV:
  and luke looked around and he was lonely
  he didn't know where to find the other anchovies
  he wore his hat; very cool

CHORUS:
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away)
  

Super Studs (4)

This is the final version, which I included on the tape version of The Hermit (my 1994 Tripecac album). Luke wasn't there, but Allen was. We changed the lyrics to include Allen in the story.

We recorded direct line-ins this time. The difference in sound quality is enormous. I also added more sounds to the backing music.

This was the last thing we ever recorded together, and probably the last time more than two of us were in the same room together; after that we scattered to different states and countries.

It's interesting how the last words are "I'm free". I guess I was, for better or worse.

Lyrics to "Super Studs (4)":

TRAV:
  ??? speakers

VERSE: [Anand]
  it was a saturday, people walking around
  'cause it was christmas time and there was shopping going down
  there was one old lady who was walking really slow
  dressed in a scarf that covered her from head to toe

  she walked so slow like she was going in reverse
  a guy ran by her and then he took off with her purse
  she screamed for help but no one could hear
  the guy kept running and figured he was in the clear

CHORUS: [Anand, and then Allen+Travis]
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE: [Anand]
  all of a sudden, caught by surprise
  the guy was tackled by four extremely good-looking guys
  it was the anchovies: allen, anand, travis, and luke
  the guy was so scared he gave up the purse and then he puked

CHORUS: [Anand, and then Allen+Travis]
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE: [Allen]
  they walked back up the mall and returned the purse
  the lady was so happy that she asked them to sing a verse
  nando was the drummer, luke and allen couldn't sing
  but travis went first with some lyrics that he had to wing

BRIDGE: [Trav]
  oh, it's colder than a popsicle
  so pardon me if i don't carry your groceries
  but i like your checkered socks, ma'am
  okay, that's enough, gramma, get out of my face!

  i gave a little push and her legs gave way
  she hit the ground will a yell of pain
  anand and luke got their butts out of there
  but i ran too slow; the cops put me in jail

CHORUS: [Anand, and then Allen+Travis]
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE: [solo]
  solo
  good solo!
  take it all on!
  we're out of lyrics
  ad lib

CHORUS: [Anand, and then Allen+Travis]
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)
  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us, we made the old lady go away
    (go away!)

VERSE: [Anand]
  sunday, travis was still sitting in jail
  we checked our pockets but couldn't come up with the bail
  we tried to plan a way to get travis home
  we sent out allen to bust travis on his own

TRAV:
  and what to my wondering eyes should appear
  but allen in his honda

ALLEN:
  blue honda

TRAV:
  blue honda
  i said "allen, my pal, whatcha doin' here?"
  and he said

ALLEN:
  trav, i set the t-n-t
  in 30 seconds you'll be free

CHORUS: [Anand, and then Allen+Travis]
  super studs, they call us, heroes of the day
    (heroes of the day)
  super studs, they call us, but the robber got away
    (but the robber got away)

  super studs, they call us, and they've never heard us play
    (and they've never heard us play)
  super studs, they call us we made the old lady go away

TRAV:
  i'm free!