William's Doll Deluxe (2020 Remaster)

by Tadpoles

©1990 Parker, BMI i hear you scream 
you dream obscene 
taking these trips and visits and the fear is gone
 i'll visit your mother 
i'll visit your brother 
but i won't visit you at the funny farm 
i hear you scream 
lets go over
 next to my place 
taking these trips and visits then the fear is gone 
come on along now 
and bring your dolls
 taking these trips and visits then the fear is gone
 i'll visit your mother 
i'll visit your brother 
but i won't visit you at the funny farm 
i hear you scream
You keep telling me what an animal I am I keep dreaming all without knowing when My head is clear, can only see simple things All over animals, that's all tomorrow brings You're getting closer to telling me just who I am The truth is I dream all without knowing when What animal I am
Emil, he says it smell like gold And digs his pockets deeper Find he does a pocket watch A patch of mold and spaghetti garden creeper Upsy Downsy Land, Upsy Downsy Land Everyone holds hands in upsy downsy land Rachel feels like swimming now And fills her glass with water Shen then blow up yellow duck An old brown cow And is born their water daughter Captain struck a hollow night He beat wood with a bone Here he was with bone in hand A gleam in eye Feet they made of stone Sometimes when I'm seeing red Sometimes when I'm out of my head Sometimes when you see me frown Some when you see a clown Sometimes when I'm feeling dead Sometimes when you're in my bed You come around, you come around You got me up, I'm feeling down With one more dose, I'll stay around In Upsy Downsy Land ©1990 Todd Parker, David Armamentos and Michael Kite Audino, BMI
Ride a one way ticket to your head Can't go on again, unspin the web Should not have listened to the you said Let me breathe, Unspin the web Unspin the web The words you wrote, I never read Understand the blend, unspin the web You cannot command this inside my head Stranded yet again, unspin the web Unspin the web The smoke that saturates us Blends with smells of fruit and keeps us thin Here we plot with stencils, dirty fingers And the girl that left us stranded yet again ©1990 Todd Parker, David Armamentos, Michael Kite Audino, BMI
ts time to put on your socks and shoes And dance away your daily blues Doesn't matter if you refuse You can be my fist puppet too I've got bad eyes and I've got bad teeth All that matters is what's beneath My hand, its reaching under you You can be my fist puppet too A little ink man on your hand With big button eyes that understand You're real, you're right, you're something new And you can be my fist puppet too Sweaty sticky gummy mouth You chew it up, it comes back out You leave it there for me to find I take this offering as a sign That you're my fist puppet ©1990 Todd Parker, David Armamentos and Michael Kite Audino
Aging the crawl of ages, she's busy with disease Turning onto something that's way beyond here reach There's a pill for this she needs to find She's breaking down and calls it heads and tales Searching, her fingers move you, she's coaxing sympathy you're staring out the window and pushing her away there's a pill for this you'd love to find you break it down and call it heads and tales
Communication, call you on the telephone Conversation, I don't want to be alone Sensation of fixing up a hole again Reservation, I'm gonna stick the needle in Call my bedside intercome anytime you want to talk I'm not waiting, tell me to come back next week Body shaking, head can barely speak You're moving over, move from place to place I'm asking please, just want to see your face Call my bedside intercom anytime you want to talk ©1990 Todd Parker and Michael Kite Audino, BMI
©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
Let's Party We want to party, we want to rock No one's gonna make us stop We want to drink, we want to drive Don't want to come home alive, let's party You watch us here, you know its true No one really misses you Here comes Billy, here comes Fred Watch them party until they're dead Let's go party, let's blow our minds Let's go do it, let's waste some time Let's party They way we party, the way we live If you want to have fun, you've got to give Let's party
When my friend William was five years old He wanted a doll to hug and hold A doll said William is what I need To wash and clean and dress and feed A doll to give a bottle to And put to bed when day is throught So his father bought him a basketball A badminton set and that's not all A bag of marbles, a baseball glove And all the things a boy would love And Bill was good at every game Enjoyed them all but all the same When Billy's father praised his skill Can I please have a doll now Said my friend Bill Then William's grandma arrived one day And wanted to know what he liked to play And Bill said baseball's my favorite game I like to play but all the same I'd give my bat and ball and glove To have a doll that I could love How very wise his grandma said Said Bill, but everyone says this instead A doll, a doll William wants a doll So William's grandma as I've been told Bought William a doll to hug and hold And William's father began to frown But grandma smile and calmed him down, explaining William wants a doll so when he has a baby someday He'll know how to dress it, put diapers on double And gently caress it to bring up a bubble And care for his baby as every good father should learn to do That's William's Doll ©Mary Rodgers and Sheldon Harnick Interpolated by Todd Parker and Michael Kite Audino


Tadpoles’ 1990 cassette-only album, William’s Doll, was released in a a 20th anniversary remixed edition by Bakery Records for free digital download in February 2010. Wiliam's Doll Deluxe has been remastered for its 30th anniversary and now includes the original 1990 mix, also remastered, in all of its reverb-soaked lo-fi splendor as a bonus on our Bandcamp site only.

After the psychedelic eclecticism of William's Doll, Tadpoles switched gears and focused on the space rock/neo psychedelic pop genre for which they became known. William's Doll provides an early glimpse at some of the quirky weirdness behind the Tadpoles' paisley curtain.

From Tadpoles’ first album review in Factsheet Five #38, 1990:

“Exploring alternative pop, Tadpoles are Michael Kite on drums and Todd Parker playing guitar, synth, bass, samples and singing songs of a warped, dark, but often humorous character. Both effected and affected, the songs use chorused, harmonized and delayed vocals, false song starts, good witches, harsh parties and general oddity. Standouts include the sinister “Trips and Visits”, the extended band of “Fist Puppet”, the Legendary Pink Dots-like “Oops I Lost Your Mind” and the title tracks’ dense layers taunting William for his desires. The muffled quality of the tape is the only reservation I have with this excellent work of alternative song construction.”

And from:

Soundchoice #17, 1992

– WILLIAM’S DOLLI love it when this happens! I plop the tape into the Walkman and the music starts “Ah, thrash music, atonal, noise-fest…but wait…cut two has suddenly begun…wait, are we in 1967? Has someone put on the third side of Electric Ladyland?” Tadpoles are eclectic to say the least. They are also exceptionally inventive, creative and craft a sound that never ceases to amaze and amuse. I found myself smiling quite a bit while listening to this- the odd sounds popping out of nowhere, the strange segues, the fun lyrics. If these guys play live, the shows must be amazing. The cassette sound is a little on the thin side, but they play it well-utilizing the lo-fi sound quality. I’d love to hear these guys with a full-out balls to the walls sound system. It might be worth noting that theTadpoles are, in essence, two fellows with a few friends on backing vocals, banjo, flute, sax, etc.


released April 13, 1990

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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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