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The Frogs

by The Frogs

Highly refined way rhythmic and layered folk/pop/rock. Acoustic and electric guitars, drums, strings and two positively fantastic vocalists used here in various combinations to create 16 eclectic and essentially perfect songs about god, society and sex.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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5. She Was a Mortal
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8. Funhouse
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9. Buried Me Alive
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10. Smile
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11. Persian Cat
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12. F'd Over Jesus
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13. Hades High School
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14. Don't B Afraid
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15. I Can't Remember
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16. Whether U Like it or Not I Love U
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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There are bands, and then there are groups. And The Frogs, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just a short shot north of America's Midwest, are a fine group. These days being in a band means as much about perception as calculation, but there is little manipulation in this group because you see, The Frogs just are; point is they exist. They shouldn't really, because they are either too good for rock and roll, or too politically incorrect to matter. But they are one of the greatest rock groups to come out of the 20th century precisely because they are too good for rock and roll, and too smart to care about caring. Fine tunesmiths, they craft memorable hooks out quite readily before stomping on them because they dare to exist. Nothing is sacred, but the reverence is there for the unspeakable uncomfortability that is at the heart of merging electricity and feeling and commerce. They have neither won nor lost, they persist. Deal with them before they put you in their sights and deal with you by ignoring what you care about. Their agenda is clear; to love, but never in the way you love. Their love is strong, willful, and brutish. make a wish, and they can make it come true. - Billy Corgan

Lyrics :

AND SO YOU'RE THE KING:
and so you're the king, are we supposed to bow?
who died and made you king, your kingdom's coming down
you don't walk the way you used to do
you don't act like
kings are strong, queens they long
kings are strong, queens they long
for the kingdom
and so you're the king who wishes to be crowned
i'm gonna tar and feather your throne
and blow your kingdom down
'cause you don't strut the way you're supposed to
you don't reign like
kings are strong, queens they long
kings are strong, queens they long
for the kingdom

C-R-Y:
how can you make me cry
and not even bat an eye
you don't wanna see me
you don't wanna see me
c-r-y, c-r-y, c-r-y
why do you want to see me c-r-
how can you call it quits
how come i feel like
you don't wanna see me
you don't wanna see me
c-r-y c-r-y c-r-y
why do you want to see me c-r-
why do you want to see me c-r-, c-r-
c-r-y

LAYIN' DOWN MY LOVE 4 U:
layin' down my love 4 u, it's all i've got to do
layin' down, layin' down my love 4 u
in the park, we danced all night
in the park, time was right
layin' down, layin' down my love 4 u
layin' down my love 4 u, it's all i've got to do
layin' down, layin' down my love 4 u
we stood there naked in the grass
you had a fine ass
we wanted the night to last
because you put the moon to shame
layin' down my love 4 u, it's all i've got to do
layin' down, layin' down my love 4 u
layin' down,
it's all i've,
layin' down, layin' down my love 4 u

OCEAN TIDE:
i met a girl who was a gypsy barefoot in the snow
her eyes like charcoal, they let me know that she needed a place to go
she said that she fell asleep in the field and her family rolled away
she cried that she was lost and that she needed a place to stay
and then she said our love would never die
but then she threw her body to the ocean tide
and now i know all about the future and all i do is cry
the world pronounced her dead today there upon the rocks
i stood above them, way above them and then i jumped a block
i remember when she said our love would never die
so then i threw my body to the ocean tide
and now i'm with her, here in heaven we kissed this world goodbye
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

SHE WAS A MORTAL:
she came from earth and i came from the gods
to hell with her, to hell with the odds
she believed in ghosts, she didn't believe in gods
but what hurt the most was a great big lightning rod
and now she's gone, where did she go?
her ghost was sold
'cause she was a mortal
she came from earth and i came from the gods
to hell with this verse, to hell with the gods
and now she's gone, where did she go?
her ghost was sold
'cause she was a mortal
she was a mortal
she was ah oooooh!

I'M A JESUS CHILD:
growin' up in a church, just like my dad
you think you'd had enough but you never knew what you had
'cause i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus child
and i think i'l stay this way for a while
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus child
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus child
i'm all for god
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus, i'm a jesus child
tell your children to take my hand
we're gonna travel across this crazy, crazy, crazy land
'cause we're jesus children now
and i'm a jesus
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus child
i'm all for god
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus
i'm a jesus child, i'm all for god
i'm a jesus child, i'm a jesus
i'm a jesus child

WHAT THE TROUBLE WAS:
i asked you what you wanted, you said you didn't know
i asked you what you needed, you said you didn't know
i asked you what the trouble was with your mind
you said there was a boy who treated you so badly
who mangled and strangled and beat you up so badly
i thought you had better seek a psychiatrist
and when you layed down on his couch
he tried to undo your blouse
since then you've never been the same
i asked you what the weather was like inside your brain
you said it always snows and everything's the same
i said it's a good thing you're not insane
and when you layed down on his couch
he tried to undo your blouse
since then you've never been the same
i asked you what the trouble was
i asked you what the trouble was
i asked you what the trouble was

FUNHOUSE:
makin' love night and day is so easy
everything is all right
in the funhouse tonight
the beds here are not for sleeping
no need to be polite
in the funhouse tonight
the door's always open
both day and night
for hearts that are broken
welcome to the light
your clothes are never needed
so leave behind your fright
in the funhouse tonight
your heart beats faster than a woodpecker's beak
your pulse is out of sight
in the funhouse tonight
the bed's always broken
at the end of the night
no words need be spoken
just kick out the light
makin' love night and day is so easy
everything is all right
in the funhouse tonight
in the funhouse tonight
in the funhouse tonight

BURIED ME ALIVE:
it's very dark, darker than black
they never hear me bark
i feel like i ain't comin' back
because you, oohh oohh oohh, oohh oohh oohh
buried me alive, oh my my my my
buried me alive, oh my my my my
buried me alive, oh my my my
the last thing i saw was a priest
and now i'm dead
but more than that, i'm deceased
because you, oohh oohh oohh, oohh oohh oohh
buried me alive, oh my my my my
buried me alive, oh my my my my
buried me alive, oh my my mahooaye

SMILE:
mine, all is mine, i want it all, bomb the steps i climbed to you
you wanted more
after what you did to me i'm really not too sure
i'm just so glad to be away from you and everything's a blur and i just
smile, smile, smile, smile
when you were young your pony danced upon your face
so you hit the bottle at the very early age of eight
now everyone says you're beautiful but that's there in the dark
'cause when the lights come on the dog's about you bark and i just
smile, smile, smile, smile
after what you did to me i'm really not too sure
i'm just so glad to be away from you and everything's a blur and i just
smile, smile, smile, smile

PERSIAN CAT:
persian cat
she makes me meow forever
persian cat
she makes me meow meow meow
forever, i want to stay with you
forever, i want to be with you
persian cat
she makes me meow forever
persian cat
she makes me meow meow meow
forever, i want to stay with you
forever, i want to be with you
she loves to purr
and how i love to pet her fur
she loves to purr
with her marble eyes
she can see through any night
how i love her
persian cat
she makes me meow forever
persian cat
she makes me meow me ow ow ow ow
forever, i want to stay with you
forever, i want to be with you

F'D OVER JESUS:
i warned you no no no,
i warned you don't be dopes
you meant well but you fucked over jesus
you meant well but you fucked over jesus
i warned them no no no,
i told them that down below
they meant no good when they were crossing up jesus
no good at all, they crossed out jesus
i warned them no no no,
i told them don't be dopes
they meant no good, they fucked over jesus
they fucked over jesus, watch out with jesus
nobody gets away with nothing man, i don't think that anyone can
except maybe sammy davis jr. can
because they fucked over jesus
they fucked over,
fucked over,
fucked over,
fucked over

HADES HIGH SCHOOL:
you're not going to heaven
you're going to my hometown
you're not going to heaven
hades high school, how i remember
hades high school, in september
hades high school, how i remember
hades high school, in september
you're not having fun
but maybe this is my point
hades high school, how i remember
hades high school, in september
hades high school, how i remember
hades high school, in september
once i was a pupil
but my how i have learned
i did not need a teacher
hence i became one
you're not going to heaven
you're going to my hometown
you're not going to heaven
go to hell

DON'T B AFRAID:
don't b afraid, there's nothing here 2 harm you
don't b ashamed, there's nothing there to alarm you
don't run away
don't b afraid, 'cause your heart won't harm you
i was afraid
now i know the moral
don't run away
crack, bend, break
all these things your heart will do
cry, beg, bleed
do these things your heart will lose
monsters and ghosts
don't exist, i assure you
don't grab you coat
don't resist, embrace them
don't run away

I CAN'T REMEMBER:
i can't remember a word that you said
i won't remember a thing that you said
i've seen the rain come down
i've seen the snow come down
i've been with you that long, too long
i can't remember a word that you said
i won't remember a thing that you said
i've seen the swords come down
i've seen the lord come down
i've been with you that long, too long
i can't remember a word that you said
i won't remember a thing that you said

WHETHER U LIKE IT OR NOT I LOVE U:
whether u like it or not i love u, i love u tonight
whether u like it or not i'm gonna hug u, really hug u tonight
oooooh tonight
whether u like it or not i'm gonna hump u, dry hump u tonight
whether u like it or not i love u
i love u, love u, love u, i love u, love u
but do you love me, love me?
i know you really do.
whether u like it or not we're gonna end this song
we're gonna end this song, sometime tonight
whether u like it or not we've got a number one
our first number one tonight
oooooh tonight, oooooh tonight
whether u like it or not we love u
we love u, love u, love u
we love u, love u
and now u love us, love us
we know u really dooooo
whether we like it or not u love us, u love us tonight
whether u like it or not we hate you!
it's funny how our feelings have changed

The Frogs Lp Song Blogs


And So You’re The King
This is the first blog on the songs I wrote (Jimmy Flemion) that have been released by The Frogs. I want everyone to understand how these songs came into being and to know what they are all about. I know 30 years ago when I was fascinated by someone I would collect everything by that person (LP's, 45's, picture discs, bootlegs, books, posters, clothing) and would love to know all the intimate details about them and delight in figuring out what they did and what they were all about. (My Elvis Costello, XTC, Adam Ant, James Dean and T. Rex collections were gynormous).

The first song is "And So You're The King" from our debut LP "The Frogs".This song was written on November 18, 1984. I wrote this song's lyrics at the hospital I worked in at the time on some scrap paper. The inspiration I believe stemmed from my astrological sign Leo being a kingly thing and my questioning of those who pretend to be king. It is not documented but my guess is that it was written on piano.The first song on our first album begins appropriately in the key of C major.

Here now once and for all the record will be set straight because it appalls me how people have my music interpreted on the web incorrectly with wrong tabs and chords. I have written over 700 songs, co-wrtten countless songs with my brother, as well as made-up (improvised on the spot with recording tape rolling over 1000 songs with my brother). I have been playing guitar since 1976 and writing songs since 1977. There is beauty and rhyme and reason to what I myself and The Frogs do. It is not by chance. It is my life. I have studied this craft for a long time and know it inside and out. I have written in every key, virtually every style and with a wide array of chords. Music and lyrics when pared together with the meaning and emotion of a song create magic. For those of you following on a path towards a songwriting career please study from the masters. In the early days only select people were allowed to play the lute for inharmonious sounds had a marked affect on the soul. Some of my songs are autobiographical, others are imaginations. Strong emotions that need to be expressed create some of my songs and others they seem to come from another world and I am just happy to have them come through me experiencing this wisdom from the other side of the veil and sharing them with you all. For all of you who have been moved and touched by our music I appreciate you all. My goal is to make music as beautiful as possible and a moving experience for both speaker and listener as we all try to approximate god.

Song 1. And So You're The King

The chords decend from C7 to C6 to C Major and then move from C Diminished to C Major. The "You Don't Walk The Way You Used To Do" section goes from A minor to A Major7 (add 9) to A sus2 to Gsus4 to G major back to C7 to C6 to C Major and then A minor / E Augmented / F Major / F minor Natural7 into the chorus which is F Major / Fsus2 / Fsus4 / F Major / Bb Major / G Major / C Major repeat chorus twice and then back to the beginning.The end of the song ends on an F Major chord.

The arrangement on the song as to how to begin and end the song was courtesy of Dennis Flemion ( You might have heard of him / brother / drummer / keyboardist / singer / songwriter / producer / album artwork designer / manager / and the one who came up the band's name / ( The Frogs).

Here are the original alternate lyrics that were nixed from the final released LP lyrics:

And So You're The World
And One day You'll Be King
I'm Gonna Tar And Feather Your Throne
And Bring The Curtain Down

And So You're The World
Who Wishes 4 The Crown
I'm Gonna Tar And Feather Your Throne
And Blow Your Candles Out

And So There's A World
Well I Never Would Have Known
I'm Gonna Spit On Your Crown
And Tar And Feather Your Throne

All Your Servants Are Laughung
Roll The Red Carpet Out
Show Them Your The King
"Off With Their Heads"

Now They Know The King And Worship You
Now They Respect The King

In The Bedroom Is The Queen
Her Tears Are (Coming) Streaming Down
Holding The Hand Of The King
And Then There Is No Sound

And Cry Does The Queen
Her King Is Dying Now
First Puddles Then In Streams
Her Tears Are Pouring Down

Dennis is responsible for suggesting "Blow Your Kingdom Down" instead of my original lyrics "Blow Your Candles Out" on the final version as well as adding -Dom or Dumb whereas my original lyric was "Queens They Long For The King" Dennis suggested "Kings They Long For The Kingdom" (King-Dumb). He also suggested adding the word do to my original lyric of "You Don't Walk The Way You Used To" making the final lyric "You Don't Walk The Way You Used To Do". When we played the song "And So You're The King" live back when it was written we did an electric version that at the end of the song had "Blast Off Now" lyrics Dennis wrote along with an A Minor / Cmajor / Bb Major chord progression he wrote and a coda that went from E Major to A Major with a Clapton-esque guitar solo over those two chords. That version can be heard on a CD at The Frogs store at www.thefrogsarchive.com on a CD entitled Pat's Session.

Pat's Session was a one day recording session cut live in the Nexxus recording studio in Waukesha,Wisconsin with myself on electric guitar and vocals, Dennis on drums and vocals and Jay Tiller on bass guitar on January 12, 1986. This was to be our first LP.

Until I met a girl who said that we could record at her soundman's studio where he worked at Pearl Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. So fortunately and thanks to her we started the first Frogs LP on February 3, 1986. 995 hours later 19 tracks were recorded ( 2 alternate versions of Funhouse and Ocean Tide and a song written by Dennis "The Rapist"). There were other songs considered for the LP including Dennis tracks "Why Did It Have 2 Rain" and "Is Anyone Home 2 Love" which both songs can be heard on the Pat's Session CD.

The track "And So You're The King" on The Frogs first LP contains strings and keyboards written and played by Dennis, bass played by myself and bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, acoustic guitars played by myself and double tracked vocals by myself. The only single track vocal on the entire LP is on the last they-ey-ey word at the end of the song. This is known as a melisma ( a vocal run or simple run) which is a technique of changing the note (pitch) of a single syllable of text while it is being sung. Most of the ancient cultures used melismatic techniques to achieve a hypnotic trance in the listener, useful for early mystical initiation rites and religious worship. The Beatles for example use a melisma in the song "She Loves You" on the phrase "Well I Saw Her Yesterday-ee-ay".

C-R-Y
The second track on The Frogs first is the song "C-R-Y". At the time I wrote the song I was working at a place where I was writing the letters CR (short for cranberry) over and over on the top of plastic lids for juice cups. Also I know it contained the letters of a girl's name I knew so i am sure that came out subconsciously in the song as well. The lyrics themselves point out how hurt I am or was and it's always later when you look at these songs and see how you misunderstood things and how you thought it was always someome else's fault in life since there are always things I should have said, things I shouldn't have said, things I should have done and things I shouldn't have done enlightenment moment you awaken to at a later date- but it makes for a beautiful and sad song nonetheless- so sad a song that I cried when writing it.

"C-R-Y" was written on February 12, 1986, 9 days after the first LP's recording sessions had begun so it was thought to be a winner and worthy of inclusion on the record. It was written on a Washburn acoustic stereo prototype guitar and begins with an A sus4 hammer chord released to an A minor before going into an A minor / E Major / F Major / E Major chord progression. Originally the song stayed on E Major on the word "eye" before jumping to the G Major chord but Dennis (Flemion) suggested that I drop the E Major chord and jump to the G major chord right away. The chorus goes C Major / C Major (B in Bbass) / Asus4 / A minor / D Major / G Major / D minor 6 / E Major / A minor / D minor 6 / G Major. The song ends on a A sus 4 chord leaving the lyrical question (why?) and the answer to that question up in the air and unresolved.

The same chord A sus 4 can be heard in the song "A Time For Us", the love theme from Franco Zeffirelli's motion picture "Romeo And Juliet". In my song "C-R-Y" the D note melody on the letter and lyric (y or why?) is unexpected and makes your ears perk up and take notice as if the note is out of place but the note is actually befitting the question and mood of the song. Rodgers and Hammerstein in their song "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" from their musical "Oklahoma" use this effect as well on the first syllable of the word "morn-ing". This is a trick or device they would use on many of their songs as part of their trademark and can be heard as well on another of their compositions "Something Wonderful" from the musical "The King And I".

The original lyric to the song "C-R-Y" was "Why do you make me cry?" before being changed to the final version's lyric "How can you make me cry?". A statement showing our hero either having been hurt or defiant of the notion he can be hurt. There is one other original verse that was cut out of the song in favor of the final version and this would have made it two back to back verses before the chorus.

(Why Do?)
How can you bolt the door?
Punch my ghost and

How can you call it quits?
How come I feel like?

The track "C-R-Y" contains bass guitar played by myself and bass lines written by Dennis (Flemion), drums written by Dennis and played on the drum machine, acoustic guitars played by myself and once again double tracked vocals ala John, Paul, George, Ringo and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame.

Layin’ Down My Love 4 U
The Third track on The Frogs first LP is the song "Layin' Down My Love 4 U". The shortened spelling of the words "For and You" was not in fact influenced by Prince Rogers Nelson from his 1984 track "I Would Die 4 U" from the LP "Purple Rain" but was thought by Dennis to be spelled that way in keeping with a spelling scheme Dennis had used in 1976 in a song he wrote entitled "(Do You Not) Care 4 Me 2 More".

The song itself "Layin' Down' My Love 4 U" was improvised by myself during a band practice session in 1983. The lyric itself did not have anyone in particular in mind and was a fantasy. The chord sequence of the song is A Major / F minor / F Major / E Major and modulates or transposes in the second verse to the key of B Major. There in B Major the same chord progression follows B Major / G minor / G Major / F Major and then again returns to the A Major chord progression. The "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" lyrics over the verses ( acting as a chorus and verse at the same time ) is a technique used for example in the compositions "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" by James Paul McCartney from a band called The Beatles. The bridge section of "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" goes fron D Major to F Major and back to A Major. The "You Had A Fine Ass" section goes from F minor to B Major to E Major. The song then returns to the beginning chord progression. The "You Had A Fine Ass" lyrics were improvised by Dennis (Flemion).

When the song was performed live on electric guitar ( it was improvised on a red Washburn Studio cutaway guitar) it included a guitar solo at the beginning of the song with snippets of riffs from various songs. Among these songs were "Mary Had A Little Lamb", "Roll Over Beetoven", "Rock Lobster", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "The Spiderman Theme", The Theme From "The Godfather", and the title track from the motion picture "2001: A Space Odyssey" ("Also Sprach Zarathustra").

The track "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" contains keyboards written and played by Dennis, bass lines played by myself and written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, electric guitars played by myself, double tracked vocals by myself, backing vocals by Dennis and birds recorded by Dennis.

The song being a made-up song with its key change from A Major to B Major is the only song of mine written or made-up with a transposition or modulation. The Beatles thought that key transposition was a cheap move by songwriters and purposely strayed from it and never used it in their work. An example of key transposition can be heard in Brian Wilson's song "Don't Worry Baby" (Keith Moon's favorite song) which would also serve as the song Bruce Springsteen nicked ( an English term meaning stole Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) taught me ) for his title track classic "Born To Run".
Ocean Tide
The fourth track on The Frogs first LP is "Ocean Tide". This song was written on November 22, 1985. I had met a girl around this time who told me that she was half gypsy and that was the inspiration for this song. The time of the year that this song was born was around winter and there was snow on the ground so that was what the snow reference was all about. I picked up a gypsy book at the library and started to read about the gypsies and their caravans and that is why her family rolled away in the story. Here are the two original drafted lyrics before the final lyrics were written from start to finish.

1st draft

The forest breathes
Now I know of a girl who smiles
But one look in her eyes
And you can know the future

The future is in
The crystal ball that she holds
The present the gift of lions she holds
The past is history

2nd draft with melody

I met a girl who knew the future
She just closed her eyes
Thought for awhile and told the future
Much to my surprise

And then she said our love would never die
But she threw her body to the ocean tide
And that's how it goes when you know the future
It's just not much fun

And now I know all about the future
And all I do is cry

The chord progression for the verses begins with G b Major / E b minor / D Major / B Major / bass notes descend B / A / A b / A / G b. The chord progression for the chorus comes off the descending bass notes that switch this time to B / A / A b / high E and then the chorus goes from A Major / B minor ( A in Bass) / D b minor ( A in Bass ) / B minor ( A in Bass ) bass notes walk up A b / A / B b / B / B minor chord graced notes / bass notes C / low F / C / B. At the intro and at the end of the song the chord progression is A Major / A b minor / G b Major. The song ends on a G b Sus 4 resolving into an G b Major chord.

There were two versions of ocean tide cut for The Frogs first LP. The first version was the third song recorded for the Lp on the first day of the recording session. The track was cut live with myself on electric guitar and vocals, Dennis on drums and Jay Tiller on bass guitar.Like many times before and since at the time I wrote it I felt it was the best song I had written.

The track "Ocean Tide" on The Frogs first LP contains keyboards written and played by Dennis, cello played by myself, bass guitar played by myself and bass lines written by Dennis ( the octaves and the changed note on the second syllable of "O-cean" to low F from my original C note ), drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, electric guitars played by myself, double tracked vocals by myself and backing vocals by Dennis.

She Was A Mortal
The fifth track on The Frogs first LP is "She Was A Mortal". The song is one of only 2 songs I wrote in 1984. Its exact date is unknown but sometime before "And So You're The King " was written on November 22, 1984. The song was inspired by a girl I learned in conversation at the bar didn't believe in ghosts and then later in that same conversation I learned she didn't believe in God.

The chord progression for the verses is A Major / A Major open chord ( A b in bass ) / G b minor open chord / E Sus 4 / E Major / E sus 2 / E Major. The chord progression for the chorus is B minor / A major / B minor / G b minor / E Major. Here are the original lyrics befrore they were changed in favor of the final LP version's lyrics.

She came from Earth
I come from everywhere
An accident of birth
She was a mortal

She doubted the gods
Until lightning lit up the sky
Then struck her down
For she was destined to die

And now she's gone
Where did she go?
Her ghost was sold
'Cause she was a mortal

She believeed in ghosts
Yet she didn't believe in gods
What hurt the most
Was a great big lightning rod

And now she's gone
Where did she go?
Her ghost was sold
'Cause she was a mortal

On the third verse of the final LP version Dennis suggested the words "this verse" and "the gods" after my phrase "to hell with". A different rendering of how we played the song live can be heard on the "Pat's Session" CD at www.thefrogsarchive.com.

The track "She Was A Mortal" contains bass guitar played by myself and bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, acoustic guitars played by myself and double-tracked vocals by myself.

I’m A Jesus Child
The sixth track on The Frogs first LP is "I'm A Jesus Child". This is a song I improvised at home during a practice session with Dennis on January 12, 1986. It was then perfected during a sound check for a show in Milwaukee at Papagaio's on February 11, 1986. It is one of 3 songs improvised that appeared on the first LP.

The chord progression for the verses of the song is E Major / G b minor / E Major / G b minor / E Major / G b minor. The chorus chord progression is A Major / G b minor / A Major / G b minor / B Major. The bridge chord progression is E Major / D b minor / G b minor / B Major.

Are you spiritual Jimbo? Spiritual about what? This is the first of many songs with a religious tone, message or connotation. I was raised catholic and had my confirmation at the usual time one celebrates this occasion. I went to church on sundays with mother and father until the age of 18. I could hardly wait for the mass to end. It was not by personal choice to go to church but rather was a mandatory expectation I as the baby of the family played exquisitely. The priests' delivery would send one into a deep sleep. Repeating the words of the priest, mothers' voice would win the volume award during service. The songs and table of contents are embedded inside of me. Once when I was was about 10 or so I passed out in the second row in our pew. That was either from ( A ) an unusually hot day outside, ( B ) an unusually strong performance by the charismatic priest or ( C ) a medical condition. Answer ( D ).

I believe you take heaven and hell with you wherever you go. It is up to you what you wish to impart to this world. As Donovan Phillip Leitch once named his LP back in 1967 " A Gift From A Flower To A Garden". A spiritual awakening, the unfolding of the heart. Music by definition is spiritual. When the notes rise up one is reaching for the heavens and when the notes fall they represent the gifts coming down from the clouds.

The track "I'm A Jesus Child" contains a backing track that was cut live in the studio with bass guitar played by yours truly- bass lines written by Dennis, drums written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitar played by myself and vocals by myself. Later keyboards written and played by Dennis were added, acoustic guitar played by myself, another vocal by myself, backing vocals by dennis and a car recorded by Dennis passing by in the rain was placed onto a track as well. The car was later stricken from the mix because the engineer said he did not want it on the song and if we left it on the LP we could take his name off the credits. Someone should now remind him of an airplane on the song "Back In The U.S.S.R" by The Beatles and how it was Alan Parsons idea to put clocks at the beginning of the song "Time" by Pink Floyd. Both records have alledgedly sold modestly unitwise.

I know Elvis Costello once said on a rock 'n roll television programme how he didn't have any musical heroes. Speaking on behalf of rock stars personally I did worship these musicians or let's put it this way hung onto their every word as if they had the answers I was seeking. In this respect Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Pete Townshend, George Harrison and Bob Dylan all made me discover my inherent divinity by virtue of their words and their own journeys.

What The Trouble Was
The seventh song on The Frogs first LP is "What The Trouble Was". The original title was "What The Trouble Was With Your Mind". It was written on January 15, 1986. It is the autobiographical account ( here and there ) recalling the same girl in question from the song "C-R-Y". The only difference the question 'what do you want?' was posed to me in real life. The "always snows" lyric is a wild veiled reference to a white colored illicit drug this girl was on. Who knew his songs were so deep.

The chord progression for the verses of the song is E Major / G b bend bass note / E Major / G b bend bass note / E Major / G b bend bass note / A min / D b minor. The chord progression for the chorus is A b Major / A Major / A major 9 ( B in bass ) / E Major / G b Major / G b minor 7 / A 7 (B b in bass ) / B 7. Here are the original lyrics before they were changed in favor of the final LP versions lyrics.

I asked you what you wanted
You said you didn't know
I asked you what you needed
You said you didn't know
I asked you what the trouble was with your mind

You said there was a boy
Who treated you so badly
Who mangled and strangled
And beat you up so badly
I said you had better seek a psychiatrist

And when you layed up on his couch
He tried to undo your blouse
Since then you've never been the same

I asked you what the weather was
Like inside 4 walls
You said it always snows
And everything's the same
I said it's a good thing you're not insane

You lost your balance head first you hit the floor
(And when you dropped down to the floor)
In that white straight jacket that you wore
Since then you've never been the same

The track "What The Trouble Was" contains a backing track that was cut live in the studio with bass guitar played by Jay Tiller - bass lines written by Dennis, drums played by Dennis and written by Dennis and acoustic guitar played by myself. Then we added double-tracked vocals by myself, backing vocals by Dennis and a cello played by Dennis.

It was the first song recorded for The Frogs first LP. It is one of four songs on the LP that Dennis played drums on. The other songs being "I'm A Jesus Child", the out-take "The Rapist" and the original alternate out-take of "Funhouse". It was thought that the LP would be recorded and finished as quickly as this song had been. But when Dennis' sweet sounding drums were not being captured on tape properly we opted to program a drum machine for the remainder of the LP.

Funhouse
The last song on side one of The Frogs first LP is "Funhouse". It was written on February 22, 1985. There was no particular person in mind in the creation of this song. Rather it is a fantasy of fantastic fun-filled frolicking in the friendly feathers on a night of wild, wicked, unbridled Caligula-like abandonment.

The chord progression for the intro is B sus 4 / B Major / E sus 4 / E minor. The chord progression for the verses is B sus 4 / B Major / E Major / E dim / E Major / B sus 4 / B Major / G b sus 4 / G b Major / E minor / G b sus 4 / G b Major and then repeat. The chord progression for the middle eight is A b minor / E Major / E dim / E Major / A b minor / B sus 4 / B Major / A b minor / E Major / E dim / E Major / D Major / G b sus 4 / G b Major. The ending repeats the intro and end on a B Major chord ( add 3rd ).

The track "Funhouse" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, keyboards written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself, double-tracked vocals by myself.

There is an alternate take of "Funhouse" that was recorded in the early stages of the LP. That track contains bass guitar played by Jay Tiller, Dennis on drums and backing vocals and myself on acoustic guitars and double-tracked vocals.

Buried Me Alive
The opening track on side two of The Frogs first LP is "Buried Me Alive". The song's original lyrics were written on June 10, 1986. The original title of the song was "Buried Alive". The song was completed on July 16, 1986. I wrote the song on a napkin on a 200 degree dishwasher at work. As the heat was enveloping me I was feeling that by working at that job I was being buried alive.

The chord progrssion for the verses is C major ( open chord ) / D Major ( open chord ) / B b ( open chord ) / C Major ( open chord ) / B b Major ( open chord ) / G Major ( with the G string ringing out throughout the progression ). The chord progreesion for the chorus is C Major / B minor ( open chord ) / D Major / C major / B minor ( open chord ) / D Major / C Major / G Major. Here are the original lyrics before they were changed in favor of the final LP version's lyrics.

Ist Draft

It's very, very dark
It always, always (was) is
It never ever stops
Because you

Hey-ey-ey Hey-ey-ey
Buried me alive
Oh my my my my
Won't you let me out

2nd Draft

It's very dark
Darker than black
They never hear me bark
I feel like I ain't comin' back

Because you
Hey-ey-ey Hey-ey-ey
Buried me alive
Oh my my my my
Can't you let me out

Hey Hey
Buried me alive
Never read the rites
All I know is night

The last thing I saw
Was a priest
And now I'm dead
But more than that I'm deceased

The track "Buried me alive" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, acoustic guitars played by myself, double-tracked vocals by myself and cello played by myself.

Smile
Charles Chaplin once wrote, "Smile though your heart is breaking" after a failed marriage trying to cheer himself up. They told Jack Nicholson to smile on the set of "Easy Rider" and he says he has been smiling ever since. One of the apple scruffs told George Harrison to smile during his Beatle days and he wrote the "Old Brown Shoe" lyric "When I see your face replacing every thoughtless frown". Stephen Stills wrote "If you smile at me I will understand, 'cause that is something everyone everywhere does in the same language."

My song "Smile" the second selection on side two of The Frogs first LP was written on March 3, 1986. It is a case in point of not being with someone anymore and being glad of that fact. It is also a case in point of my reluctance to show my feelings which had not been vented up to that point or speak my heart which is always a cause for confusion.

The chord progression for the verses of the song is G Major 9 ( open chord ) / D Major ( open chord ) G b in bass. The chord progression for the chorus is F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / F dim / B 7 / B b Major slides in to B Major / E Major. Here are the original lyrics before they were changed in favor of the final Lp version's lyrics.

1st Draft

They locked the door
Years ago
Below your nose
You hide the gold

Someone took the treasure
Someone took their time
Someone boxed your profile
I didn't have much time to

Smile, smile, smile, smile

2nd Draft

Mine all is mine
I want it all
Bomb the steps I climbed to you
To your front door

After what you done to me
I wasn't really ( I'm really not ) sure
I'm just so glad to be away from you
And everything's a blur and I just

Smile, smile, smile, smile

When you were young
The pony danced upon your face
So you hit the bottle
At such an early age of eight

Now everyone says ( that ) you're beautiful
But that's there in the dark
'Cause when the lights come on
The dogs about you bark and I just

Smile, smile, smile, smile

The track "Smile" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass line written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum drum machine, keyboards written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself and double-tracked vocals by myself.

Of all the songs we have released commercially this one and and "Play in The Clouds " (off of "The Last Hard Men" LP) are the only ones to contain a scream courtesy of myself. Back in the day my scream was a trademark of mine in a lively stage setting. Once then at a place called O'Cayz Corral in Madison, Wisconsin a "fan" came up to me (on the sidewalk outside the club) after a particularly spectacular show and told me that his brother could do my scream better than me. How sweet, deluded and loving some fans can be.

In essence this song is about possession, betrayal, regret and ultimately freedom. The verse melody is beautiful and flowing, the chorus is full of tension and in the end there is a primal scream release. All of the steps in the song refer to the steps I climbed to her apartment. The "Everthing's a blur" lyric refers to a comment a girl made about a club we played in Milwaukee between 1980 and 1982 called The Starhip. She said "The Starhip's a blur to me". I've always loved performing and singing this song. There isn't another song of mine like it. The "Everyone says you're beautiful" lyric refers to something the girl in this song said to me. She looked at me once and said "You're so beautiful". It is something I will always remember. So you see words and alas even a smile do make a difference.

Persian Cat
The feeling one gets after stroking a persian cat is utterly otherworldly. And so it was on June 11, 1986 I wrote the third song on side two of The Frogs First LP "Persian Cat". Being born under the sign of Leo my identification and appreciation of cats is solidified. I've always liked persian cats' visuals. Cat Stevens was given his name by a girl who said that he had eyes like a cat. The 'How I love to pet her fur" lyric in the song is upwrong or rather downright sexy.

The chord progression for the verses is E Major / D b minor. The chorus chord progression is G b minor / G b minor 9 / G b minor / E Major / G b minor / G b minor 9 / G b minor / B Major. The middle eight chord progression is E major / E Major 7 / E 7 / A Major / C Major / E major / E major 7 / E 7 / A major / C major / A Major / C Major / B Major. The song ends on a E sus 4 / E Major pull off chord. Here are the two original drafted lyrics before they were altered in favor of the final LP version's lyrics. The first draft was the inspiration of the song written on April 6, 1986. The second draft was written on June 11, 1986.

1st Draft

I always wake up next to you
Sometimes I think I'm seeing things
I always wake up in the nude
I'm always up at dawn

Your eyes are like a persian cats'
Your mouth always says this and that

Persian cat, Persian cat
I have a picture in my mind
Of a girl who would make me happy
'Til the end of time
And she looks like a persian cat

You can't stand being uglier than me
And I can't stand being prettier than you
Yet you make the sun melt like glacier stew
You're that how that's why I dig you

So if you're nice and if you're good
You'll beg for me like you know you should

2nd Draft

Persian cat
She makes me meow forever
Persian cat
She makes me meow forever

And when she goes away (astray)
You know (that) I just can't purr
And when she comes back
I've (I) got (love) to pet her fur

She loves to purr
And how I love to pet her fur
She loves to purr

With her marble eyes
She can see through any night
How I love her

The track "Persian Cat" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, keyboards written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself and double-tracked vocals by myself. The middle eight section phase shifting was Dennis' idea ala "Itchycoo Park" by The Small Faces. I've always love this song and the beauty of the middle eight is breathtaking. You can lose your faculties picturing yourself running your fingers through a persian cat's hair at that point in all your glory.

F’d Over Jesus
track 4, side 2 of the eponymous debut is entitled
F'D OVER JESUS aka (you meant well) but you
fucked over jesus. it was written by me (Dennis) in late '84/
early '85. as to the genesis of the song- how it came to be-
why i wrote it- i just remember picturing in my mind
nero playing the violin as rome burned. then rome burning down below
became jesus on calvary hill (near the end) with all hell breaking
loose. finally the gentleman looking down from on high
proclaiming "i warned you no no no" etc. kind of an "i told
you so" moment.

one thing interesting occured during the original demo-
in answer to the lyrical statement "nobody gets away with
nothing man" "i don't think that anyone can." in call and
response pattern i spontaneously replied "sammy davis jr. can."
because, of course, "the candy man can" as sammy davis jr. and
anthony newley would tell you. apparently they are the only ones
NOT bound by karma.
so there you have it- the nay sayer on the hill overlooking a vengeful
christ (?) on the hill below HIM -
"watch out with jesus" indeed!

the song was always a "rocker" live. didn't quite pull it off on the lp
version though. the live arrangement on record is by d.f. (fey vocals and
all). as i say- much more raucous and better/bitter live.

The chord progression for the intro to the song is C minor 9 / G Major / C minor / G Major. The chord progression for the verses is C minor / B b Major / A b Major / G Major / and then returning to C minor. The chord progression for the chorus is C minor / B b Major / A b Major / B b Major / C minor. The chord progression for the ending is A b Major / G minor / F minor / F minor 7 / F minor 6 / F minor Aug / F minor 9.

The track "F'd Over Jesus" contains bass guitar played by Jimmy-bass lines written by j.f., electric guitars played by Jimmy, drums written by dennis and played by the drum machine and double-tracked vocals by d.f..

ps. some more changing of the words occurred when performance of the song was live--
i would often substitute jesus for satan and vice versa. for example:
"you meant well but you f**ked over jesus" "you f**ked over satan"
"watch out with jeeeeeeee... satan"

-just another hell bent messiah/divine retribution gone wrong song
that's all

Hades High School
The fifth track on side two of our first LP The Frogs is "Hades High School". The song was literally the second made-up song on the spot in the series of songs which would become known as The Death Songs. They were recorded on the east side of Milwaukee in an apartment. The apartment above ours in 6C housed an old man who Dennis dubbed Dr. Malmac. We would play our beautiful music and if our sound became too loud for his ears he would slam something into his floor reverberating through our ceiling. This apartment can be seen during "Satan's In The Manger" in our "Toy Porno" video. These songs would become synonymous with and would inspire the concept of the now famous batwing costumes the lead singer guitarist wears.

I remember Dennis coming home with a Fangoria magazine at this our first apartment. There were pictures of costumes with monster hands- something we thought I could wear but might be detrimental with regards to playing the guitar. At that point either Dennis suggested it or Janice said she could make a winged costume for our stage shows. The first batwings were then made out of paper mache and chicken wire and were extremely heavy with a harness that would strap across my back. They were brown and lacquered. Other winged costumes would follow including red, gold lame, silver lame, leopard, green and black. I owe a debt of gratitude to Janice for the creation of these wings because they did make a mark on my persona and represent something The Frogs are known for milky way wide. Dennis wore a pair of smaller gold wings that Eddie Mueller (Vedder) from a band from Seattle called Pearl Jam wore. Dennis would give Eddie his smaller gold wings after Eddie flew 40 feet in the air above the stage in St.Louis at the Fox Theatre while singing with us. The same gold wings can be seen on Eddie's amp during Pearl Jam shows.

Hades. Well Donovan once sang in his song "The Ocean" off of his "Essence to Essence" LP "The one and only Hades, the Satan of man is but the closing of an eyelid away". High School. I went. I graduated. Unlike Gwendolyn Macrae I was not a straight A student. I passed. 'Twas not a fascinating experience. I had dreams early on in 1970 or so (perhaps because my height was approaching giraffe status) of being a basketball star. I would practice 8 hours a day in the wind, rain or snow. This was at a time when catwalk-wise all there was then was Twiggy to look up to and I weighed in at 120 pounds and was 6' 2". Soon in May of 1976 before my 16th birthday I would buy an acoustic guitar and my dreams turned to rock stardom. At one point I practiced 14 hours a day trying to take Kurtis Cobain off the number 7 spot on Rolling Stone magazine's greatest guitarists of all time list. Who were the voters? Is this a set-up as Andy "Dice" Clay and Donald Rickles would say. School- guitar lessons i took them once a week at Modern Music for 4 months. Lessons consisted of Skip To My Lou, Mary Had A Little Lamb, On The Clear Rock Candy Mountain, Camptown Races and other favorites. I eventually bought a Bee Gees songbook and an ELO "New World Record" songbook and learned different chords. After that I understood that reading music was not my forte. I realized that I have perfect pitch and play by ear so that when I hear a song I know exactly what chords the musicians are playing and I can play right along. This is something that was developed and I believe this is a true gift along with my photographic memory (inherited from your favorite mother ours) allowing me to remember and recall 5,000 songs. In the early 1990's I took a fingerpicking class at the Milwaukee Conservatory once a week for 4 months.

The chord progression for "Hades High School" verses is B minor / G Major / G b minor. The chord progression for the chorus is G Major / A Major / G Major / A Major / G Major / A major / G b minor. The chord progression for the middle eight is E minor / B minor / E minor. The song had two different vocal endings the whispered "Go to hell' on the Lp version and the screamed "Go to hell" version which can be heard on our 1st Lp out-takes CD.

The track "Hades High School" contains bass guitar played by the drum machine-bass lines written by Dennis, electric guitar played by myself, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, keyboards played by Dennis and double-tracked vocals by myself. This track has the most tracks of any song on the LP because some of the instruments were in the drum machine. The LP was recorded on an 8 track tape machine. The Gb / D / D b guitar riff was something I started playing during playback of the track in the studio so we recorded it. The thunder at the end of the song was recorded by Dennis.

On the original version of "Hades High School" (improvised straight to tape) my voice sounds like I need to gargle- having not yet cleared my throat before the take but ultimately lending itself to a super, sexy, seductive, sensual sound.

Don’t B Afraid
Song 6 side 2 of everybody's favorite first Frogs LP is a track entitled "Don't B Afraid". Let it b known that these are the original lyrics that were deleted from the song.

Never be afraid
Don't ever be afraid
Your eyes are darker
Than the night
And darker than a spade

Strong hearts they will crack
But there's just no turning back
If vampiras attack let them attack

Go run hide
Do these things and you will lose

"Don't B Afraid" is a turn on a phrase I read in a book at the library- that there are 4 rules that gypsies live by.

1. Never be afraid
2. Never knock
3. Belief in 3's and 6's (What's up with that?)
4. Wary of cameras

I have another song I wrote called "I Always Wake Up With You" that I use those lyrics in as well.

In 3's and 6's I believe
I never knock
And I'm wary of cameras

In the song "Don't B Afraid" looking back 21 years later at the song I was most likely telling myself to dive into love. "Remember love." Yoko once taught us. Remember Yoko Ono? James Iha? -these are all stage names. Roberta Joan Anderson or Joni Mitchell as you know her once wrote in "Both Sides Now" ("I really don't know love at all"). She should have come to me I am an expert. Donovan said he pre-dated John Lennon's "All You Need Is Love" with his song "Sunny Goodge Street" when he sang "love, love, love". I know as a child I was afraid of the dark (dark bedrooms, dark basements) but to be perfectly honest there are far too many people who are afraid of the light.

The chord progression for the verses of "Don't B Afraid " is G Major / G Diminished / G Major / E minor. The chord progression for the chorus is D Major / C Major / A Major. The chord progression for the middle eight is E minor / D Major.

The track "Don't B Afraid," contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, acoustic and electric guitars played by myself, keyboards written and played by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine and double-tracked vocals by myself.

I Can’t Remember
Track 7 side 2 of The Frogs first LP is "I Can't Remember". As I stated in a previous blog I have a terrific memory so actually I am pulling your leg or putting you on when I say I can't remember because I not only remember but I never forget. The lyrics in the song are quite simple and to the point. "The rain, snow and I've seen the lord come down" lyrics refer to the passage of time while "the swords come down" imagery refers to swords in tarot cards. John Lennon once sang in his song "God" ("I don't believe in tarot") and Frank Zappa once sang in his song "Camarillo Brillo" ("And she could throw a mean tarot"). I know that alot of my soul's questions are wrapped up in the past with hurts that have shadowed me. But there is a time to not only remember (as George Harrison said "Remember now, be here now") but a time to forgive myself and others so that I may be free of the shackles of my past, so that I can pack up my troubles in my old kit bag. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift that is why it is called the present. I have noticed that Shania Twain's song "Still The One" sounds like the riff in "I Can't Remember". By the way I do love that song "Still The One". I know that is not the "punk" thing to say for you "true punks" reading this but too bad. I am attracted to beauty and beautiful things and heaven has programmed me to create beauty. Personally I believe it is quite beneficial for one's soul to remain childlike and marvel at the beauty and wonder of it all.

The chord progression for "I Can't Remember" is E major / E Major 9 / E major / A minor / A minor 9 / B Major Aug 9. The chord progression for the chorus is A Major / A b minor (A in bass) / G Major (A in bass) / G b minor (A in bass) / G Major (A in bass) / G b minor (A in bass) / B 7.

The song "I Can't Remember" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, harp samples courtesy Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine and double-tracked vocals by myself.

Whether U Like It Or Not I Love U
The last song on our first LP The Frogs is "Whether U Like It Or Not I Love U". It was improvised by myself in Milwaukee live at Cafe Voltaire on April 9, 1986. Later the middle eight of the song was written by Dennis at home as well as the "It's funny how our feelings have changed" ending.

The chord progression for the intro to "Whether U Like It Or Not I Love U" is E Major / G b minor / A Major. The chord progression for the verses is E Major / G b minor / G b minor 9 / G b minor / A Major / A Major 9 / A Major / E Major / D Major / E Major. The middle eight chord progression is A Major Diminished / A sus 2 / A Major Diminished / A sus 2 / A Major / A Major Diminished / A Major / A sus 2 / A b minor / A b sus 4 / A b minor / G Major / G Major Diminished / G Major / G Major Diminished / G Major / B minor / B Major.

The track "Whether U Like It Or Not I Love U" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine and double-tracked vocals by myself.

To understand and to put our first LP in perspective it is important to note that it was recorded and mixed in 995 hours of studio time financed with my own money by working a 9 to 5 job at a hospital. Our recording sessions would sometimes run late until say 2 A.M. I would then go home, sleep until 5:30 A.M. and get up for work the next day. Our recording engineer Todd Scott worked during the day at the studio, so by the time he was ready to record us at night he would be tired from working all day.
The album was recorded at Pearl Studios located on the east side of Milwaukee. It was a jingles studio. Our engineer juggled his work schedule to where he could fit us in (sometimes we would work for 2 hours a night and other times it would be a longer time slot). On the weekends we would rent a 4 track reel to reel recorder to work out our guitar parts, keyboards, vocals, harmonies and arrangements on the songs we would be preparing to record in the studio. We rented a cello as well. First time either of us attempted playing one (Dennis on "What The Trouble Was" and I on "Buried Me Alive"). At the same time that we were recording our demos for the first LP at home, while we had the 4 track-reel to reel rented out we would be making up songs (improvising them to tape as the tape rolled). These songs would include the "It's Only Right And Natural" LP as well as countless other made-up songs. So all in all, between The Frogs first LP and all of the practicing, rehearsing, recording and live shows, we significantly honed our chops and skills on our instruments and craft. Dennis' constant pursuit for perfection pushed me to the limits (doing take after take in the studio) always coaxing a better performance out of me.

So to tally it all up, The Frogs first LP began at Pearl Studios on February 3, 1986 and after 995 hours of recording and mixing the LP ($10,000), renting a 4 track reel to reel recorder ($2,000), renting a cello ($700), recording tape, mastering, test pressings, artwork (Dennis' watermelon and cats painting) and the pressing of the records came to a grand total of $17,000. This came out of, as I said, my own pocket. The LP was finally completed and released on October 21, 1988. There were 1,010 copies that were shipped to our house and we piled all 20 boxes of 50 LP's againt the wall. We put some copies on consignment at record stores and sold others at live shows. We eventually did sell them out and the vinyl LP's are now collectors items.

On September 29, 1987 I received a phone call from Gerard Cosloy at Homestead Records saying he wanted to put out an album by us. We thought he wanted to put out The Frogs first LP but as it turned out Dennis had reluctantly given our live bass player Jay Tiller, a copy of our made up-songs, who in turn gave a copy to Steve Albini, who in turn sent a copy to Gerard Cosloy. Which leads us to the next blog and our next album.

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