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The Complete Jerk

by Sodajerk

A collection of B sides and rarities, but more importantly a celebration of 10 years of the Jerk!
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. The Slap of Unrequitedness
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2. Breakup of the Year (Rock Version)
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3. Bad Luck, Bad Liver (Band Version)
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4. The Art of Disappointment
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5. Turbotine
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6. Counting All My Teardrops
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7. Navy Blues
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8. She Don't Like My Drinkin'
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9. Always Something Wrong
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10. Look Who's Leaving
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11. When Loving You Was Easier
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12. Juanita
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13. If My Amp Had Wheels
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14. Too Late To Die Young
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When ever the Jerk hit the studio to record, we always made it a rule to go in with more material than we needed so that when we were done we could pick and choose the right songs for the record as a whole. Sometimes that led to heated debate and difficult decisions made as to which songs had to go. Now, 11 years after Bucky and I first got together to do this thing called Sodajerk, we present some of the best stuff from our first 10 years that never made it to record. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it..it’s our “thank you” to you!---PJT

1. The Slap Of Unrequitedness- So when Bucky and I first decided to go into the studio in 1999, we actually weren’t too sure what Sodajerk would sound like. Some of the songs were rootsy, some were indie. Our first session ended with 7 songs. Four of them ended up on first record “Can’t Put You Down” when we decided that y’allternative was the way to go. The other three ended up in a box somewhere. “The Slap” was a testament to how much we were listening to Chavez’s “Ride The Fader” album. Bucky nailed the guitar tone of that record and I did my best James Lo impression. The song really does rock though!
Bucky Goldstein-vocals,guitar,bass/”Poppa” John Tucker-drums,vocals
Recorded and mixed by Dave Granati @ Dave World Productions

2. Breakup Of The Year- This is the “rock” version of the song that would end up on “Brand New Low”. We recorded it for 105.9 the X’s local music comp sometime after “Unhappy Hour” came out. This song actually garnered our first radio play, and I remember that after it came out we played a big summer festival on the same stage that Static-X played on. We thought the kids were going to hate us, but as we played this number we saw a sea of purple haired-tattooed-and-pierced kids gleefully singing along. Ain’t rock n roll grand???
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums,vocals/Erik “Blackie” Cirelli-guitar/Chad “Cha Cha” Sipes-bass
Recorded and mixed by Dave Granati @ Dave World Productions

3. Bad Luck, Bad Liver- We tracked this song during the “Brand New Low” sessions, which is basically how we played it live. During a break, Erik picked up a mandolin and started plucking the song. Next thing we know, there’s a mic in the middle of us and the record light was on. The stripped down version of the tune is what ultimately ended up on the record. This was a great take though!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, percussion, vocals/Erik “Blackie” Cirelli-guitar/Chad “Cha Cha” Sipes-bass
Recorded by Rick Witkowski @ Studio L, mixed by Rick Witkowski and Skip Slaughter

4. The Art Of Disappointment- This track is leftover from the “Sodajerk” sessions. We went in with a lot of tunes and recorded them all live. It was really hard to pick between all them, trust us!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, percussion, vocals/Rich “Lucky” Hirsch- guitar/Chad “Cha Cha” Sipes-bass
Recorded by Rick Witkowski @ Studio L, mixed by Brian Price and Skip Slaughter

5. Turbotine- This was the amped up version of “Turpentine” which was on the “Unhappy Hour” record. One day, while goofing around at rehearsal we played the song at a faster tempo and to our surprise we liked it even better than the original. Later on we went into the studio to record a version of “This Land Is Your Land” to be used during the fourth of July fireworks. We had a little time left so we recorded a couple more tunes, including this one.
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/Rich “Lucky” Hirsch- guitar/Chad “Cha Cha” Sipes-bass
Recorded and mixed by Rick Witkowski @ Studio L

6. Counting All My Teardrops- This was recorded during the “Sodajerk” sessions as well, and was probably the hardest song to leave off but we already had a good amount of slower material on it. I’m not even sure we ever performed the song again after this take as we all felt it was the best version of the tune we had ever played. Enjoy it in all of it’s glory now!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/Rich “Lucky” Hirsch- guitar/Chad “Cha Cha” Sipes-bass/ Randy “Buckshot” Baumann- piano, organ
Recorded by Rick Witkowski @ Studio L, mixed by Brian Price

7. Navy Blues- This song actually first appeared on the “We’re Going To Hell Now Because Of You Guys” live record. However, This version from the “Sodajerk 2” sessions features PJT singing the lead vocal, as well as some great honky tonk piano by Randy Baumann himself!
PJT-vocals, drums/Bucky- guitar, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass/ Randy “Buckshot” Baumann- piano
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

8. She Don’t Like My Drinkin’- This song originally appeared on “Unhappy Hour”, but to be honest, we were never really happy with that version..it sounded a bit rushed and sloppy. So while we were recording ”Sodajerk 2”, we took a little time to rectify that with the help of Jim Relja’s chicken picking and “Uncle” Bill’s fiddle. We figured we could use it somewhere down the road, and that time is now.
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass/”Uncle” Bill Calhoun- fiddle
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

9. Always Something Wrong- A leftover track from “Sodajerk 2”, it’s a simple story of too many good songs to choose from and not enough room for them all. We’ve always had a soft spot for this tune..now you can enjoy it with us!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Helen Wheels-bass
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

10. Look Who’s Leaving- This is the newest song on the record, recorded in Atlanta in 2009 right after Sodajerk returned from it’s hiatus and Jim Relja had come to town for a visit. We had played the song originally as a more uptempo country number, but It ended up being a nice laid back, swampy kind of shuffle.
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass
Recorded by Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

11. When Loving You Was Easier- Originally part of the “Sodajerk 2” sessions, this number didn’t make it onto the record because it just didn’t seem like it was finished. Bucky always wanted to do a duet, and after we moved to Atlanta we met Cameron from The Little Country Giants and we just knew we wanted to work with her. We expanded the song to include a newly penned verse, and she sung it like an angel. Just like that, we finally had our duet!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/Cameron Federal- vocals/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

12. Juanita- When Bucky originally gave me the music for this tune, I thought it sounded like a leftover track from Kiss’s “Dressed To Kill” record. So I proceeded to write some lyrics that I thought Gene Simmons would be proud of and we had a great, greasy rock song about cheap motel rooms. We recorded the track right before we moved to Atlanta and after I met Fred McNeal, I knew he had to be on the track as the Ace to my Gene. It took some time to clear his busy schedule, but I’m a determined fella and we eventually got him into the studio.
PJT-vocals, drums/Bucky- guitar, vocals/”Saint” Freddy McNeal- guitar/Blake Parris-bass
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

13. If My Amp Had Wheels- Another number from the last sessions Bucky and I did before leaving Pittsburgh. Jim Relja really brought this song to another place. All I can say is “Enjoy”.
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter

14. Too Late To Die Young- This has been a long time live favorite, a classic rocker with energy to power a small city. Once again, it was recorded in Pittsburgh and finished in Atlanta. A great way to end a record!
Bucky-vocals, guitar/PJT-drums, vocals/”Just” Jim Relja- guitar/Blake Parris-bass
Recorded by Dave Watson @ Soundscape Studios and Patrick Ferguson @ Pigpen Studios, mixed by Skip Slaughter


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