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Memories of Things That Never Happened

by Andrew Jackson

Personal, profound, intimate alternative rock from the Zru Vogue singer-songwriter-guitarist
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Love Believer
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2. Profound
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3. Unwind
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4. 1985
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5. You Didn't Have to Break My Heart
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6. 3 Words or Less
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7. Rainbow Brown
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8. Hijacker
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9. The Composer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These songs have a fresh, un-washed, intimate feeling, as they were recorded in mostly first takes, and few overdubs were used on most songs. I wanted to keep the feeling that I’m playing just for you, in your bedroom or living room, and let the songs speak for themselves. Here’s the song-by-song breakdown:

“Love Believer” – inspired by the designer clothing worn by manga heroine Elie, a girl with no memories in the Rave Master series, this is a tight, charming pop song for love believers everywhere. OK, so there’s some Lou Reed influence there. I can’t help it. Lou is one of my all-time heroes, in the realm of singer-songwriter-guitarists.

“Profound” – “I’m not profound, I’m just writing down what comes in my head / I’m not profound, I’m just killing time until I’m dead.” This tune came together with a simple acoustic guitar riff, a fuzz bass, and a driving drum track providing the one-man power trio backing for a sung-spoken homage to songwriting from the heart. Quite unexpectedly, it came out sounding a little like the Violent Femmes on the final mix.

“Unwind” – Languid rock ballad about welcoming numbness that feels on the verge of breaking out, but I’m so committed to my state of laid-back, unwound, semi-detachment that the song ultimately stays mellow, albeit tense, from start to finish. Lovely.

“1985” – a trip back in time to simpler days (okay, they weren’t really any simpler, just f**ked up in a different kinda way). Jam-worthy rock song with clean electric guitars (reminiscent of early Talking Heads, according to a friend).

“You Didn’t Have To Break My Heart” – Moody, warm, rhythm-infused ballad in which I reminisce on days of a broken heart that might have been avoided. “There was another way, you just didn’t see it.”

“3 Words of Less” – The full title was “Stating The Obvious In Three Words Or Less,” but I decided to go with the short title instead for this whimsical, yet slightly dark, song peopled with characters like the woman with a clipboard counting the words over machines in the Laundromat, and the cop parked next to the local gym (“but that’s not strange, ‘cause it’s adjacent to the donut shop”). We went with minimal production on this track, keeping it to the acoustic guitar, vocal, and shaker.

“Rainbow Brown” – a surreal/nonsense lyric sung with perfect earnestness and feeling. This song is actually about something, believe it or not. Recorded live to digital hard disk in one studio take.

“Hijacker” – Beautiful, haunting, mysterious song about a computer program named “Camper, the dream destination software” and “the hacker who developed a strain of Hijacker” that can hijack your dream. The creepy song lyric is juxtaposed with lovely piano playing by Rick Cuevas and echoed dream vocals for a luxurious trip-worthy experience.

“The Composer” – Of all the tracks on this CD, this one sounds most like the music I do under the name Zru Vogue. It’s got a funky wah-wah bass line, subtle e-bowed guitars, and minimal synths, but the production still focuses on the acoustic guitar and vocal, so it ties in nicely with the rest of the songs on “Memories.” “The Composer is a creator, but he also is a destroyer / He is crouching there in the foyer, struck by a wave of paranoia.”

“Happy Being Normal” – Despite the title, this song is about quite the opposite: “What I’ve got to say is simple, nothing big and formal / I thank your god I’ll never be happy being normal.” My personal favorite on this album, this song sets up a smooth groove at the get-go and never lets it go. My whispered voice adds to the ominous quality that pervades the track, and the computer voice at the end leaves no doubt in your mind that “normal” is not happening here.

A word about the cover art: the title, the cover, and all images used on the cover, as well as the lyrics, were all taken from a single notebook – my personal journal – in fact, the cover is a scan of the inside cover, where I had written “Memories of Things That Never Happened” (before I knew it would be the name of my album).

Andrew L. Jackson


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rc barajas

Trust your body, mind and soul to Andrew Jackson
Quietly penetrating, listening to this album on headphones is like having Andrew Jackson hanging out with you inside your skull. Once again, AJ has opened a vein and let us in - and though it's a quieter ride this time, that doesn't mean it's a tame one. The second track in particular, "Profound", cuts right to the meaty core of life itself: "I'm not profound, I'm just killing time until I'm dead". Vanity, sanity, inanity - AJ handles it all on "Memoirs of Things That Never Happened" with rockin' rhythms and a sense of humble mortality. Get this CD and Unwind yourself.

Wineau

Great CD by ZRU founder!
As a ZRU Vogue fan this is a 6 out of 5 star rating. Andrew continues to develop the sound and spirit of Zruism, and this CD is one to be had! Keep up the great work!

Mary F.

Keeps getting better!
Hey, Andy, just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your new CD - it is really tight and complete. Love the whole thing and think you just keep getting better and better, which is hard to do considering you were already incredible 20+ years ago. Thanks for making music.

Charles McDuff

Brilliant, ironic, personal lyrics, great music
This album has it all. Brilliant/ironic/personal lyrics with wonderful music that is both new and familiar at the same time. Each track has a slightly different flavor to it, which is great. From the gentle pop of "Love Believer", to the 60's acid-hypnotic "unwind", to the subtle tragic humor of "3 words or less", to the frightening "hijacker", to the bold "Happy Being Normal", each song will get under your skin and stay there. You must get this great work of art & music for your collection; for your happiness.