One Ring Zero – Ten Years of Extra Stuff

One Ring Zero - Ten Years Of Extra Stuff

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And now for those liner notes that you used to get with albums…

1. Weather Vane This song was originally meant to go on Wake Them Up. When it came to post-production, we decided to nix a few of the songs, including this one. It did, however, come out as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the album. -Michael Hearst
2. Watch The Antennas A theremin showcase, hence the title, and one of the first songs finished during the Wake Them Up sessions. It was recorded at Hank Bones’ old studio where we took full advantage of all his instruments, particularly the vibraphone and Hammond B-3 organ. Didn’t make it on the record, however. -Joshua Camp
3. Pig And Pepper (remix) This song, originally from our album Alice, was remixed during my brief period of interest in electronic music. It was eventually used as the curtain-closing song for Starr Foster’s dance production of Alice. -JC
4. If I Can’t Have You At some point we had the idea to release an all-covers album called That’s What She Said. Perhaps we still will? Funny thing about this song is that we actually played over top the original version by the Bee Gees, adding our own instruments and sounds until eventually we got rid of the Bee Gee’s “guide track.” – MH
5. Alice (film credits) The main theme to a short film also called “Alice” (not to be confused with the dance production of the same name). Our music was ultimately replaced by the director, who shall remain nameless. -JC
6. Casual Wayne Also recorded for Wake Them Up, this song is about a guy who everyone loves to avoid. The end of the song is our attempt to sound like Supertramp. -MH
7. Here Come The Mannequins (demo) The original whistling demo of this tune. -JC
8. Joey’s Theme Joey Reynolds has been a radio personality since 1960. One of the things he likes to do is to get his guest to write him theme songs. -MH
9. The Silver Girl (demo) Here’s the original first draft. It ended up on Wake Them Up with a few extra chords and a few more words. -MH
10. M.C. I asked Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon if he might be interested in writing us some lyrics. He sent me back a charming rejection letter … which I immediately set to music. After all, they are his lyrics. -MH
11. Parte Parodia One of the first international reviews ORZ received was from a Spanish magazine called “Margen.” Somehow the Spanish text seemed like it would make good lyrics for a Las Rubias Del Norte song. –MH
12. Theme to “Mork and Mindy” This is one of the first songs ORZ ever recorded. Our studio in Richmond, VA had an old 1970s Thomas Organ. One day we opened the bench and discovered an old sheet-music book for hit TV shows. -MH
13. Luke Duke Not entirely sure what we were thinking with this one. -MH
14. S.O.S. Another track for the never-to-be-released album That’s What She Said. -MH
15. My Favorite Gun A song written for the short film “Hitch” by our friends Jenna Friedenberg and Hannah Fruchtman. They wanted an “indie rock” song to play from a radio in one scene, so we tried to oblige them. -JC
16. Over The Rainbow Pure dumbness. -MH
17. Le Pont Mirabeau (demo) When we were writing songs for Sophie Auster’s debut album, occasionally we would have Allyssa Lamb come over to demo the vocals. Here’s the original version. –MH
18. Our Sadness Denis Johnson originally sent us two poems to set to music for As Smart As We Are. He preferred “Blessing” to this one. -JC
19. Freddy’s Theme This was the credit music for a short film called “How Do You Take It.” The story is about an advertising guy who tries to come up with a hook for a new line of fruit-juice-flavored-potato chips. -MH
20. Fashion This may have been recorded before our first record came out. We were asked to create a version of the David Bowie song “Fashion” for—you guessed it—a fashion show. We decided to use a sample of a bread machine for the rhythm track. -JC
21. Failed Febreze Commercials A friend who does music placement asked if we would be willing to come up with a few ideas for a Febreze commercial. Needless to say, we didn’t get the gig. The first thing you hear is me singing into a small tape recorder at 3am, woken from my sleep with an idea. -MH
22. On Display Also meant to go on Wake Them Up, we spent way too much time on this song only to realize that neither of us liked it enough to put it on the album. –MH
23. Theme Music for a Short Film This was originally written to be the title music for a short film by a friend of ours. It was never used in the final version, though it’s a nice instrumental rocker. -JC
24. Failed Toyota Commercials Same concept as the Febreze commercials, however they gave us a couple of phone numbers to work with. -MH
25. Store With No Name We wrote this song for the original McSweeney’s outlet store in Brooklyn—which was simply called “store” and which sold lots of totally random (and generally useless) items. -MH
26. In The Flesh Perhaps the stupidest song we could possibly cover. It’s from Pink Floyd’s The Wall. We didn’t realize how hard it would be. Wait, that’s what she said. –MH

Musicians for this album are Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst plus Taylor Bergren-Chrisman (bass on 2), Mike Boyd (drums on 26), Roger Carroll (tenor sax on 20), Hanna Cheek (vocals on 19), John Gotschalk (guitar on 13), Johnny Hott (drums on 4), Emily Hurst (vocals on 11), Allyssa Lamb (vocals on 11), Anthony Mascorro (trumpet on 1 and 22), Mark Snyder (trombone on 20), Greg Stare (cajon drum kit on 2), Paul Watson (cornet on 21).

Cover art painting by Alyse Radenovic.

All songs by One Ring Zero except “If I Can’t Have You” (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb), “Theme To ‘Mork & Mindy’” (Perry Botkin), “S.O.S.” (Andersson, Anderson, and Ulvaeus), “Over The Rainbow” (Arlen and Harburg), “Le Pont Mirabeau” (lyrics by Guillaume Apollinaire), “Our Sadness” (lyrics by Denis Johnson), “Fashion” (David Bowie), “In The Flesh” (Roger Waters).
All songs (p) & (c) 2008 Urban Geek Records. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.”