Monday, April 14, 2008

Killjoy

From Big Notebook for Easy Piano and Remember Cassettes, Vol. 1

This song immediately lets you know that you’re in for a strange ride from its opening percussion. This is nowhere that Fluid Ounces had ever been before or would visit again, with sparse piano and guitar skronk closing out their first record with this unique piece.

I like to think of a “kill joy” as anything, but most often a person, who, you guessed it, somehow manages to ruin a good time for me, not necessarily because of they complain or ruin things for everyone, but just because they get on my nerves specifically because of some personality quirk.

It’s always funny to me that Amazon.com lists this CD as having 24 tracks, making potential buyers think they’re getting something of a double album. Instead, tracks 13-22 as well track 24 are each six seconds of silence, with “Killjoy” being track 23. Apparently this was a random way of making it a “secret track” at the end of the record that was conceived by Richard Dortch. It works though because this track needed to be completely separate from the rest of Big Notebook.

Seth says in the video of this song from October, 1997, that they play this song differently every time they play it. I have no idea to the truth of that statement, but it is markedly different from the recorded versions and is the only live recording I’ve ever encountered.



Notice how excited they are that their CD is released on Spongebath Records. My how things change.

1 comment:

Rick said...

I always love listening to this song but I'm a little disappointed that you didn't point out that the beginning of it is really Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl".

Purchase Fluid Ounces mp3s Directly from the Band!