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DO WHAT YOU WANT c1993 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass Dave Rodgers - drums Todd Jameson - keyboards Stephen Bock – backing vocals COMMENTS This is one of the early songs from the Rod Clark days. We recorded this version around 1995 after we purchased some better recording equipment and started sounding a lot better. We re-recorded some of the early stuff just to see if it struck our fancy. The very first pass at this song was much longer and had an extended experimental introduction section that sounded quite psychedelic. As for the lyrics, they concern a specific person with prodigious determination and unshakable intent. Our guest guitar player for live shows, Steve Bock, did an excellent job on back up vocals, hitting notes I could never hope to reach in my chest voice with both testicles intact. This song didn’t fit the subject matter or sound of our three records, so it remained in the unreleased category. But it’s a nice little song. Wishnefsky
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COLD BLUE RIVER c1989 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, synth Dave Rodgers - drums COMMENTS I wrote this song for The Earthlings, a band Dave and I were in prior to Jabberwock. It was always a powerful, dynamic moment in Earthlings live performances. We never tried it live in Jabberwock, but Dave and I recorded it one night in the mid 90s to see how it fit in the repertoire. I came across this mix as I went through DAT of unreleased mixes. I had not heard this song for many years. The first thing that struck me was that I had crammed a lot of words into a small space on the verses. Once I got past that hyper-critical thought, I realized how much I love this song. The lyrics concern a young man and woman who live and die in an oppressive Central American regime. The rushing water of the cold blue river washes away their bodies, but not their dreams embodied in a journal locked in a wooden chest buried deep in the jungle. As the years pass, the wet acidic soil and bacteria eat away the chest and the journal itself. As the micro-organisms digest the pages, the spirit of the written dreams rises like mist into the clouds. The rain pours the dreams back into the cold blue river where they join with the water-logged souls of the long vanished young man and woman. So, at long last, they find peace. Will the rest of the world follow? Wishnefsky
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HORSE’S HEAD c1995 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass Dave Rodgers - drums Todd Jameson - vocals COMMENTS I wrote HH at the same time as the Letterbomb songs. For a long time, I thought it was going to be on the album, but it didn’t make the final cut. Even though I did most of the songwriting, deciding what to do with the songs was a very democratic process. I always had the utmost in trust and respect for Dave’s and Todd’s opinions. I also recognized how close I got to the songs and the need for a more objective viewpoint. HH addresses those amongst us who need to look death squarely in the eye before truly deciding they are alive. This song contains a line of which I am quite proud: “I want to hear what you almost said. . .” The initial germ for HH came from the idea that we should have a song in which Dave played the kick on the first and third beats of the measure in true rock and roll fashion. That simple straight ahead drum part never seemed to work with anything we did until HH came along. The ending seque into the guitar riff from Understanding was a typical happily unplanned exercise in Jabberwock serendipity. Specifically, we recorded HH over an old unfinished version of Understanding. We liked the way it sounded, so we left it in there. Why not? Wishnefsky
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UP TO SPEED c1995 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, synth Dave Rodgers - drums Todd Jameson - vocals COMMENTS This is another song that was almost on Letterbomb. When I wrote Up To Speed, I was very much into the album Mercury by the band American Music Club. Mercury is their greatest album by far. Producer Mitchell Froom had the genius to place Mark Eitzel’s brilliant singing and beyond inspired lyrics on top of the bedspread while the moody, dissonant strains of the band kicked restlessly under the covers. Todd turned me on to AMC and Eitzel. I couldn’t get that fucking tape out of my car for months. I never ever try to copy anyone. But, in Up To Speed, I wanted to capture some of the spirit of AMC. So much of what we were doing at that time had an edge to it. I wanted us to do something softer and fuzzier and smokier. The lyrics tackle the trials and tribulations of attempting to become an idiot. Like any other skill, it takes practice. Wishnefsky
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FUTURE AVON LADY c1992 by Wishnefsky, Rod Clark, David Rodgers, and Todd Jameson Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars Dave Rodgers - drums, gong Todd Jameson - synth, vocals, second mantra Rod Clark – bass, vocals, first mantra COMMENTS Now we are truly dipping into the vaults of history. This is from the first group of songs that we recorded with the original make up of Jabberwock. We were still searching for a sound and direction. Rather than force matters, we experimented and tried to let things happen naturally. It turned out that the vision for the band didn’t coalesce until we parted ways with Rod. You can hear glimpses of the Jabberwock that was yet to come as well as what was not to be part of our sound. We missed Rod’s stellar bass playing and ability to make a song groove. I had worked with Rod in a lot of bands and projects. He is a super talented person with a remarkable sense of humor. But chemistry can trump talent and that’s what happened between Rod and Jabberwock. That’s Rod in the beginning of the song chanting his mantra or something related to his yoga class. That’s Todd at the end of the song chanting the Future Avon Lady’s mantra. She never attended yoga class. Future Avon Lady is about a very beautiful person who I shall not name in order to spare her embarrassment. It’s somewhat of a shame that I recall this particular lady by this song instead of the delicious taste of her lips in the moonlight of an evening long past. Wishnefsky
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NEW JULIA c1993 by Wishnefsky and Rod Clark Wishnefsky - vocals, electric guitars, synth, tapes Dave Rodgers - drums Todd Jameson - synth, vocals Rod Clark – bass, vocals COMMENTS New Julia is a fictional story inspired by someone I met in Russia. It’s another song from the early days of the band. The tapes of voices portend some of the production touches on Southland. The voice in the beginning is a loquacious Finnish guy named Mika whom my wife and I met in Helsinki. He volunteered to be our tour guide and took us to a mysterious foggy island where we traipsed about some ancient runes while he recited poetry. I captured some of it on my trusty video cam. It later turned out that Mika’s real motivation was to capture Tina – and me – in the sack. Freshly married and not quite willing to share our passion with anyone else, we politely declined. I recorded the voices heard during the bridge and outro at a church at the Kremlin in Moscow. A tape of a man’s voice narrated a slide show about the history of the church. The New Julia translated for us. (Shortly after I recorded that, we went to the Red Square and saw Stalin's corpse floating in a transparent tomb for all to behold – a truly ghastly experience. The air was very heavy and gravity seemed stronger than usual.) I recorded the song heard at the very end in a large public square near the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. It was a propaganda number broadcast over some very tinny sounding speakers. It sounded magical. Just before the propaganda song comes in, Rod plays several fretless basses multi-tracked in a musical treat only he could create. A few years later, Todd gave me a piece of his incredible artwork that included a few lines from this song in his sublime calligraphy: “I’ve been climbing up molehill mountain, Backstroke in the soda fountain.” Wishnefsky
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BLACK Flying faster in the face of fear Haven't yet found my way out of here The days are wicked and the nights are black Can't show my face, I can't turn my back It won't be long, I won't belong here It won't be long, I won't belong here It won't be long, I won't belong here Some day You will forgive me Some day We will be laughing at this now I tried to love you when your love was free Until you said I'm not your cup of tea You said my love was just a waste of time And you had to find another place to draw the line It won't be long, I won't belong here It won't be long, I won't belong here It won't be long, I won't belong here Some day You will forgive me Some day We will be laughing at this now It won't be long, I won't belong here It won't be long, I won't belong here Some day You will forgive me Some day We will be laughing at this now Some day Some day Some day You will forgive me c 1996 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, synths, mellotron COMMENTS Due to some minor technical issues in the original master on Letterbomb that bugged me, I re-recorded this song. Then we decided to stay with the old one because it sounded like the rest of the album. Here is the re-recorded version. Even if you were a fan of the band back in the day, odds are you never heard this song because we never released it or played it live. It is a quiet acoustic song and an important piece of the Letterbomb puzzle. Frankly, I had mixed feelings about re-doing it. I feel obligated not to tamper with history. I hear a million things in all the songs that I would like to re-do with all the new and improved technology. But, there's a certain magic in the original versions that is difficult, if not impossible, to recreate. This new version has a fair amount of the original magic and then some new magic of its own. Todd and Dave did not play on the original version of Black. So, if any song could be re-done close to the original and still be a Jabberwock song, it's this one. I would never re-record a song that Dave and Todd played on, and call it Jabberwock. Wishnefsky
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CONGENIAL TRANCE c1994 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, Dave Rodgers - drums COMMENTS If the lyrics on the verse sound a bit familiar, there’s a good reason. I stole them from this song and stuck them in Like A Human, a song on Letterbomb. And so, Congenial was never finished. As such, most of the vocal is just a rough once through. I had pretty much forgotten about this song until I came across it while mining old DAT tapes for unreleased songs. I kid you not, but I did not recognize the title of the song. I recognized the song once it started playing of course. I have no clue where the title came from. The voices at the end of this song belong to Tyler and Austin, the little boys of Dev and Soraya Dosaj, the gracious couple who owned the garage in which we set up our studio. Well, they were little back then. I’m told I wouldn’t recognize them now. Wishnefsky
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I WON'T TELL YOUR HUSBAND c 1996 by Wishnefsky and Todd Jameson Wishnefsky - acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass Todd - vocals Dave - drums COMMENTS This is the second and last country song I have ever written (the first being Valencia on the Southland CD). Husband was originally slated, with some hesitance, to be a bonus bonus track on Letterbomb. When we brought it in to be mastered, Chris Bellman said, "You've got to be kidding me. This sounds like a completely different band." That was all we needed to hear. It just didn't fit there. I really can't explain this song other than to say it is not based on true experience. Sorry, you'll have to use your imagination, which, according to U2, is even better than the real thing. I'm not so sure about that, other than the irrefutable fact that your imagination is far less likely to result in the transmission of some wretched disease. I Won't Tell Your Husband was mixed in mono and, if I remember correctly, was run through one of the guitar amps. We wanted to make it sound like it was coming out of a bad jukebox in a run down truck stop cafe. Todd has no memories of putting down his wonderful lead vocal because, at the behest of Dave and me, he was totally shit-faced hammered at the time. Sober, his vocals were simply not up to our extremely high standards. This was the only time that alcohol ever had anything to do with a Jabberwock song. Don't worry, we didn't let Todd drive home until several cups of coffee later. Todd sang into an old fucked up headphone speaker that also acted as a microphone. I think the headphones were Rod's. We never wondered why he left them in our studio when he moved to San Fransisco. We would go for lo-fi parts and effects on occasion, but this is the only entire song Jabberwock ever did that received the lo-fi treatment. I think I Won't Tell Your Husband is actually a decent song. But you can judge for yourself. Wishnefsky

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