Feel Like A Freak (A Historical Sideshow of Missing Links)

by Tadpoles

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discover your mind's eye rip the window blind pull the shade and let the stars shine in beats like the sweating sun beating on the wicked drum your eyes your face your hands your mouth crinkle up on the cereal box superwhip leave your house open the car door alison gets hit by the silver ball that's just flown out of your mouth she's down for good kids gather around call the clown its time to play superwhip ride your bike pull the sled back up on the hill again when noone's looking noone's around put it on the ground and slide back down superwhip
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It's snowing Cool out all is fine And my eyes are bugging out of my mind And my ears are falling out of my head And I fear Honey, we are dead It's snowing Cool out all is fine And my eyes are bugging out of my mind And my ears are falling out of my head And I fear Honey, we are dead You see Here the weather doesn't change It's all you can do to stop and rearrange It's snowing Cool out all is fine And my eyes are bugging out of my mind It's snowing Cool out all is fine And my eyes are bugging out of my mind And my ears are falling out of my head And I fear Honey, we are dead It's snowing Cool out all is fine
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Thought you had a gun And I didn't want to run So follow me down to the sea Stop along the way at a place that we can hide You're the one holding the key A lady gathers grass And watches where she's been She hopes none of her neighbors will see She's stepping inside of a bus thats turning green For once in her life she is free ©1998 Todd Parker, BMI
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Nothing can replace you near me I live in my mind so much sometimes I forget Nothing can replace you near me Puncture my body lest I forget The hardest walk I ever took was to you Now I can never go home again The hardest walk i ever took was to you Now I'm afraid to be alone again I feel your eyes when you don't even see me You've never seen the blackest part of me I feel your eyes when you don't even see me You omni invoke the warmest part of me ©1996 N. Kramer, BMI
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Investigating all that is wrong with this place leaving an impression of you only thing missing what's wrong with this face leaving an impression of you how can i get out of here and get out alive leaving an impression of you i'll follow you until you get lost in the sky following a butterfly ©1992 Parker, BMI
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You're fuzzy in the daylight dawn Believing the will is gone Just another day is done And thrown into the sun When you pick up with the scent You drop and hit the floor One more icycle melts It slips you through the door The words they say are like open sores You're drowning in the puss Just paint them like Picasso would You know you've got the buzz Feel like a freak ©1996 Parker / Max, BMI
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Begging with a borrowed hand again Burning bridges, swimming rivers Building and breaking and fixing things You can never run from the devils in you But you can beat a path to my door When the running gets the better of you Rest yourself a while, sit a spell And you know that tomorrow is a new day It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me Betting on a borrowed hand again Desert sands in your barren palm Your rivers dried out into the seas Brother, don't you curse my name I haven't made peace with parts of my past Or with those ghosts with halos round their eyes And you hope that tomorrow is a new day It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me ©1999 N. Kramer/Max, BMI
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©1989 Tony Mentzer, BMI Look at you asleep so fine Oops, I lost your mind Colours sounding so sublime Oops, I lost your mind Open wide just one more time Oops, I lost your mind Feeling this way is no crime
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Instumental
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Instrumental ©1992 Todd Parker, BMI

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A companion piece to the 2001 best-of retrospective,"Use With Headphones Late At Night," this compilation features 10 previously unreleased recordings and mixes detailing the more expansive aspects of the distinctive neo-psychedelic space-rock of the Tadpoles.

Song Notes by Todd Parker, Tadpoles guitarist/singer/founder ~

1. Superwhip (Waterfront Version)
This version features the He Fell Into The Sky-era 5-piece Tadpoles, with Mike Audino on drums, Nick Kramer on feedback guitar, David Max on bass and Andrew Jackson on guitar. Recorded this in 1992 at Waterfront Studios in Hoboken and it was our first studio recording with that line-up. Went in, recorded it basically live in the studio...it was a maelstrom. Not sure if the engineers quite knew what to do with us then. The song initially appeared on our 1992 demo cassette, also called "Superwhip." Remixed this song in 1998 with Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and that is the mix that appears here.

2. Snow Down (Bug Out Mix)
This is a slightly different alternate mix than the one that was chosen for our 1998 album, Smoke Ghost. Mixed by Kramer at Noise New Jersey.

3. Sense (Green Mix)
Another alternate mix than the one that was chosen for our 1998 album, Smoke Ghost. Mixed by Kramer at Noise New Jersey.

4. Clea (Omni-Mix)
In the 90's it was clever to place "hidden" tracks at the end of your CD. Creating this effect required silent space to be somewhere on the album. So, this turned Clea, the last track on 1996's Far Out, from a 5 minute song into an 8 minute recording. Now that we're all downloading music song by song, Clea has had to carry around this extra baggage in the digital world. That has been rectified here with this remaster which takes out the silence and gives Clea a fresh shine.

5. Butterfly (Red-Spotted Purple Mix)
Originally on He Fell Into The sky, this is one of my favorite Tadpoles tracks - we always had a lot of fun happily overindulging on wah-wah pedals. Added some fresh vocal tracks in 2011 to update Butterfly to sound like it did when we played it live.

6. Feel Like A Freak (Buzz Bin Mix)
Added a bit of 2011 freaky ear candy for this version of this Far Out track.

7. Lyman Bostock (Harvest Mix)
The entire Whirlaway album was originally mixed by Gene Holder of the famed 1980's jangle/power pop group, The dB's. We only ended up using two of Gene's mixes for the Whirlaway album as we later remixed it with Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio where it was originally recorded. This was one of the unused Gene Holder mixes that highlights Nick Kramer's vocal and heavy rhythm guitar.

8. Oops I Lost Your Mind (Kumquat Remix featuring Tony Mentzer)
Kumquat (Fred Church) offered to remix our version of Tony Mentzer's song, Oops I Lost Your Mind (the one from the 1997 Know Your Ghosts EP with Tony Mentzer on vocals and Chris Butler of the Waitresses on drums). This mind-meld of electronica, garage-psych and generalized weirdness was produced in 1999 but remained officially unreleased until now.

9. Horse And Buggy (Live at the Knitting Factory, NYC 1998)
The version of the ultimate song that appears on the 1999 album, Whirlaway, was Take 2 and we spent time adding lots of studio magic to it prior to release. This version, Take 1, was recorded live on the Knitting Factory main stage to an audience of no one, but Kramer (and some Knit staffers), who was in a lower level control room wired up to the stage and talking to us through the headphones. We couldn't see him - We could just hear his disembodied voice giving instructions. This was all just one take, live, no edits...just a Tadpoles' space-jam on one of our favorite tracks.

10. Snapper (Mindspace)
A bonus track featuring my backwards guitars from the Snapper recording in a new landscape to end the album.

Compilation Produced by Todd Parker
Compilation ©2011 Tadpoles/Bakery Records

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released September 6, 2011

Tadpoles -
Todd Parker - Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals (1,2,3,5,6)
David Max - Bass, Effects
Nick Kramer - Guitars, Effects and Vocals (4,7), Backing Vocal (5)
Adam Boyette - Drums, Percussion (2, 3, 9)

with:
Mike Audino - Drums (1, 5) and Superwhip Vocal (1)
Andrew Jackson - Guitar (1, 5)
Edward Odowd - Drums, Percussion (4)
Steve Savoca - Drums, Backing Vocal (6)
Chris Butler - Drums (8)
Tony Mentzer - Vocal (8)
Kumquat/Fred Church - Remix Treatment (8)

Clea, Snow Down, Sense, Butterfly, Feel Like A Freak -Produced by Kramer and Tadpoles
Superwhip, Lyman Bostock and Horse And Buggy - Produced by Tadpoles
Oops, I Lost Your Mind - Produced by Kumquat and Tadpoles
Snapper (Mindspace) - Produced by Todd Parker

Snow Down, Sense, Butterfly and Snapper written by Todd Parker, BMI
Feel Like A Freak written by Todd Parker and David Max, BMI
Superwhip written by Todd Parker, Mike Audino and John Ian Davis, BMI
Clea written by Nick Kramer, BMI
Lyman Bostock written by Nick Kramer and David Max, BMI
Oops, I Lost Your Mind written by Tony Mentzer, BMI
Horse And Buggy written by Todd Parker, Nick Kramer, David Max and Adam Boyette, BMI
Drum track on Butterfly written by Mike Audino, BMI

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Tadpoles Hoboken, New Jersey

Tadpoles, based in Hoboken, NJ, disbanded in 2000 after releasing 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, 1 live album and 1 E.P. all on their own Bakery Records label (except for their last studio album, Whirlaway, which was released on Australia's Camera Obscura Records.) The group was formed by vocalist/guitarist, Todd Parker and original drummer, Michael Kite Audino in New York City in 1990. ... more

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