Ohio in my Pocket

Ohio in my Pocket

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Liner Notes: 

Tape 4 from the four-track tape collaborations

@Valerie Cox - drums
@marvsmooth - guitars
@standup - vocals, lead guitar
@pfoo - synth

Standup: There's a huge sigh between the end of the rock tune and the meditative guitar/synth bit. That's me, I thought I was done. I did vocals with a guitar amp cranked up nearby, so I could play lead bits when I wasn't singing. My parents are both from the NW corner of Ohio, and though I never lived there, I have spent a lot of time in Ohio.

Marvsmooth: Val e-mailed the drum track to me, which I then placed onto track one, and it seemed like a fabulous rock drum track to me, so I plugged my Ibanez electric into my little portable Fender guitar amp, cranked all the way up, and went for it! I think I slightly changed the tone for the melody bit at the end, which I did as a “punch in”!


Got Ohio in my pocket
I'm walking down the street
got a little bit of Cleveland
for everyone I meet
Farm animals
industrial waste
got a little something
for every taste

all you spies of Indiana
I see you creeping around
but you can't take what I found

Ohio in my pocket
rolling soybean fields
spaghetti in your chili
no, for real

got Ohio in my pocket
I'm a walking county fair
14 kinds of pie
for those in despair

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


cindyrella's picture

This turned out fantastic! What a great thing to do and make it come together so well! Super good rock!

kahlo2013's picture

Any song that comments on Cincinnati Chili is fine by me! You nailed Ohio with the county fair, the Chili, soybeans, industrial waste, farms - I only lived in Ohio for a few years but spent a lot of time there when I lived in Michigan doing DNA expert witness work in courts so traveled through the state a bit! I like the energy and the homespun garage band feel to this. All the parts rock together well' Kudos, all!

nancyrost's picture

Hooray for another four-track done! Hilarious lyrics. I'm getting a Black Keys vibe. All the instruments have a lot of presence and I like how they weave around each other. Only now I wish I had pie.

dsweidel's picture

As a part Buckeye, part Hoosier - I quite enjoyed this one. Cool collab

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

I like these long-distance band collabs. My favorite part of this is that fuzz guitar, which just wonderfully crunches along. Clever lyrics and nice garage band sound!

splittybooms's picture

This has the dirt and grunge of a garage...in Ohio! lol
The atmospheric synth and guitars, the genre-perfect vocals, drums...all of it just works. It just works. And sounds great.
And I LOVE the sigh with the vamp...seriously. Its like, "(Sigh)...There, that'll show those Hoosiers.."

Vom Vorton's picture

I love the combination of the rocking guitars and drums and the more wistful feeling of the synth and vocal. Really worked out well, this one!

pearlmanhattan's picture

Great fun! Now that I've done a few of these 4 tracks, I can really appreciate the work that goes into them! Great sound!! I enjoyed the listen!

JamKar's picture

Lots of 4 track goodness in this little package. You guys have a hit formula here. It sounds like you are already out there on the road. That has to be the best outro I have heard all Summer.

billwhite51's picture

one of the noisiest tracks ive heard in alongtime. i love 4 track casette psychedelia. especially when each part is this good yet still rough and lively.

wyatt's picture

Yeah!! Way good---Great collab; Kudos all atound

marthienel's picture

tongue in cheek song: I love it: can't take what I found

katpiercemusic's picture

I swear to Zeus I commented on this song, but there's no check on any of your pages. I really like this song. I lived in OH for 5 years... 1 outside of Cleveland and 4 in Bowling Green. As a NYer it was a bit of culture shock, but there were parts of it that got in my blood, and sometimes I even miss it. You manage to capture the good and the bad here. I really love it. I like the industrial sound of the music, and "spies of Indiana" is such a great line!

wobbie wobbit's picture

a glorious romp! i like the raw drums and guitar and the breakdown at the end.. the sigh is perfect Smile