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

by Tadpoles

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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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Track Name: Superwhip (Waterfront Version)
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
Track Name: Snow Down (Bug Out Mix)
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
Track Name: Sense (Green Mix)
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
Track Name: Clea (Omni-Mix)
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
Track Name: Butterfly (Red-Spotted Purple Mix)
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
Track Name: Feel Like A Freak (Buzz Bin Mix)
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
Track Name: Lyman Bostock (Harvest Mix)
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
Track Name: Oops, I Lost Your Mind (Kumquat Remix featuring Tony Mentzer)
©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
Track Name: Horse And Buggy (Live at The Knitting Factory, NYC)
Instumental
Track Name: Snapper (Mindspace)
Instrumental

©1992 Todd Parker, BMI