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  • Title: Stand Up Anchovies
  • Artist: Anchovies
  • Timespan: January 1993
  • Theme: jokes plus music equals groans
  • Length: 27:53
  • Tracks: 13
  • Lyrics: 13
  • MP3s: 13 play all locally
  • Rating: rate this album

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 Trav Intro lyrics 1:00 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
2 Drizzle (4) lyrics 7:05 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
3 Anchovy Rock (6) lyrics 5:57 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
4 Stand Up 1 lyrics 1:18 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
5 Cheesy Intro lyrics 0:17 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
6 Cheesy Theme Music lyrics 0:33 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
7 Dead Chatter lyrics 0:48 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
8 Anchovy Xmas lyrics 0:52 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
9 We Do Requests lyrics 1:14 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
10 Tribal Anchovies lyrics 1:20 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
11 Eating Anchovies lyrics 0:53 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
12 Stand Up 2 lyrics 1:56 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
13 Psychedelic Anchovies lyrics 4:40 download listen locally - 1993-01-??
  Total   27:53 play all locally album rating:

Notes

This was our last practice as a band (where all of us had instruments). Allen brought his drums, so we had something to bang.

I don't hear Anand's voice at all on the tape. I think he was there for "Drizzle", since there so many keyboard parts plus drums. However, Anand may have left before we started "Anchovy Rock" and the other "songs".

Songs

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