in 1997, after 16 years on the new england folk circuit, i returned to my hometown of Seattle to make my re entry into its rock scene. the grunge era was over so i felt safe gettting togetherr a band with ex soundgarden drum tech, gregg keplinger.. i had 20 songs and we had recorded six of them when circustances took me to north carolina and the project was aborted. during the tume we were recording, u worked as a santa claus and the lake forest ark mall. the reason i bring all this up is because one day a pre teenager asked me santa for an album by the presidents of the united states. that night, by sheer circumsance, the presidents were backing me up on thus song at a record company christmas party. litte did that kid know that santa would be singing wuth hus favorite band that very night. this was a memorable accudentt as it so perfectly represents the double life i have always led. so here, 23 years late, i am covering kicks, and another record company has jus told me they are rereleasing their entire catalog and some unreleased materal as well, and are interested in putting out a single of two sogs from that 1997 session with gregg. these are the side benefits of old age. was any of this relevant?




Fuzzy's picture

Great story in the liner notes.
I can hear the tragedy inherent in the lyrics with your version as opposed to the barnburner of the original.
Gosh I wish PR & The Raiders had stayed a punky garage rock outfit instead of going mainstream.
Nice vox.
Good job here for sure.

sph's picture

Yes, it's relevant. Great story. And a good version of the song.

kahlo2013's picture

Superb vocals on this, just the right use of effects to convey the great lyrics. I really like the approach you took - it makes the song more compelling.

dzd's picture

This is great! and yeah a perfectly relevant liner note!! Excellent version of this too. Congrats on the news!! I saw the Presidents once around that time, and bought their album, boy was I disappointed in that hahah, they were a great live band, kind of sad they never got any better Biggrin As far as I know they were still putting on that same show 20 years later Wink

JamKar's picture

I always liked this song. You have a haunting quality in your recording that lets me look back on early times and smile.

Good luck with it, - hope it sells a kazillion copies this Christmas for all involved.