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  • Title: Super Studs Session
  • Artist: Anchovies
  • Timespan: January 1994
  • Theme: final recordings
  • Length: 27:30
  • Tracks: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • MP3s: 7 play all locally
  • Rating: rate this album

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 Super Studs Intro 1 lyrics 1:52 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
2 Super Studs (1) lyrics 12:15 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
3 Super Studs Intro 2 lyrics 0:24 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
4 Super Studs (2) lyrics 4:51 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
5 Super Studs Intro 3 lyrics 0:03 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
6 Super Studs (3) lyrics 4:19 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
7 Super Studs (4) lyrics 3:46 download listen locally - 1994-01-??
  Total   27:30 play all locally album rating:

Notes

The last two Dead Anchovies "practices" were at my house during Christmas Break of 1993-1994. During the first practice, I played for Luke and Anand an unfinished song on my SY55. We then wrote some silly lyrics for it and recorded 3 takes of my pre-programmed music, plus everyone's vocals.

During the second practice, Luke was missing but Anand and Allen were there. We finished writing the lyrics to the song, which we called "Super Studs", and then sang along with my pre-recorded music. I also added a live keyboard solo to give the song some "credibility"; after all, we were supposed to be a "live band".

It's interesting that the last words ever recorded by the Anchovies were me saying "I'm free". We didn't intend to end things that day, but for some reason we never got back together. A couple years later, Anand moved to South Carolina, Luke moved to Australia, and Allen disappeared from my radar.

Songs

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!