80 Dollar Demos

by The Retarded Potentials

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    These early demo tracks are what later became or didn't quite make it to my first solo album, "80 Dollars And No Sense" (2015). Many are instrumental ideas or improvisations with minimal overdubs.

     

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released March 1, 2015

words and vocals by Jeff Free on Somewhere Between The Lines
myself on all instruments and vocals otherwise

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Track Name: 3 Billion To Go (demo)
This early solo recording served as inspiration for the album. It was largely influenced by The Breeders and particularly the Amps.

it shined on me
and its the sun rays
soil this dark
you'll never see the grass stains
closer now lend the earth an ear
hear the ocean of your own fear

you're such a good listener
one down
three billion to go

blasted sharp
like gunning for an ash tray
gone plant food ester of me the nitrate
a loan to live the life down here
short a soul with some sold dried tears

you're such a good listener
one down
three billion to go

Creve Cour twists up into the sky
Macomb flakes out
I wanna be a city
superficial
i'm still here
just stay the fuck out

you're such a good listener
one down
three billion to go
Track Name: Boom Chickaboom (Pixies cover)
Originally by The Pixies, I planned to do it for the album but instead abandoned the idea. The bass, guitar, and scratch vox survived.

Joan my clerk
Joan my clerk
took her out once after work

boom chick a boom
boom chick a boom
boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom

Jane my trick
Jane my trick
let me here then left to kick kick

boom chick a boom
boom chick a boom
boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom

Janene my dyke
Janene my dyke
let me be her girl one night

boom chick a boom
boom chick a boom
boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom
Track Name: Inspired (Plus Drums)
Loose instrumental guitar improvisation with drum overdub. Never revisited it for the album.
Track Name: Trackin Idea
Dreamy psychedelic piece that turns slightly arena wanking before devolving into anti arena wanking.
Track Name: Jagjam
Guitar and bass instrumental. What the fuck was going on here? I have no idea. I blame the minutemen. It was left behind undeveloped unfortunately.
Track Name: Shortidea
This instrumental has a big 80's feel to me. I'd probably name it New Wave Contra. This was jammed on in a later project under the title "Lost song" with Paige and Chris.
Track Name: Jagersong (original mix)
Sarcastic southern rocker instrumental. Another take was recorded with extra lead guitar. Yes, another guitar layer. I think there are enough here already and it's just as unfinished.
Track Name: Lost Untitled Caster
Somber instrumental electric track originally over 12 minutes long. My Stairway to Heaven if you will. Unused for the album and abandoned in this edited state.`
Track Name: Little Debbie Dabbles (instrumental)
Improvised guitar track that develops into Little Debbie Dabble
Track Name: Little Debbie Dabble (early version)
Rough short take for vocal writing, still playing with bridge riff.

you give me something
to take the edge off of my mind
offline
my life

it only hurts for a minute
yeah that's just a lie
you're told you don't need much
that's just a lie
Track Name: Don't Give Up (early version)
Early version recorded using the amplifier instead of the G3 pedal.

give up yourself
give up yourself
give up yourself
that's her calling
you better answer it

give up yourself
give up on yourself
give up on yourself
give it up to a higher calling
that's the answer

give up your body
give up on your body
give up on your own body
don't love it any less
like you only could

give up yourself
give up yourself
give up yourself
that's your calling
you better answer it
Track Name: Untitled
guitar riffing, wanking, etc
Track Name: Another Bad Girl Wont Do You Good (acoustic demo)
The first song I wrote for 80 Dollars started without the chorus lyrics and some alternate meandering.

family sitting in wondering when's when
I was in the bathroom with my struggle
I wasn't new
"I don't know what I'm doing"
I wasn't new
I had never been sicker

probably never around anyone
if I wasn't having fun I'd never say it
amount to nothing anyway
I would never want it anyway

I wasn't meant to discover
I wasn't meant to understand
I wasn't made to be your lover
I was nothing but another man

I never wanted to ask your hand
"another bad girl won't do you good"
I never want to understand
I never want to crawl to the truth
Track Name: Hair Teeth and Nails (acoustic demo)
Early acoustic version, surprisingly close to the final.

sometimes
life's like
they sprinkled on the cinnamon
things seem sweet
before you know they're bittering

severing things you like
what about me most likely is to survive
hair
teeth
nails on a chalkboard

sometimes
life's like
they sprinkled on the cinnamon
things seem sweet
before you know they're bitter
and of all the things you like
what about me most likely is to survive

sometimes
life's like
they sprinkled on the cinnamon
things seem sweet
before you know they're bitter
and of all the things you like
what about me most likely is to survive
hair
teeth
nails on the chalkboard
Track Name: Hair Teeth and Nails (instrumental)
Instrumental tempo shift version. The idea was abandoned and it was finished a lot more along the lines of the acoustic version.
Track Name: Somewhere Between The Lines (with Jeff Free)
This improvised song was recorded with Jeff Free. He was unavailable to sing for the album version so I did my own interpretation. I prefer the original jam here.
Track Name: Shes A Warlock Im A Witch (acoustic demo)
Early acoustic version. Rough around the edges.

she's a warlock
and I'm a witch
we are pregnant
with all that encompasses

it's the end of the world
that's all we ever wanted

she is a warlock
and I'm her witch
and we're together
at the expense
of a world we created
and set out to destroy
this whole planet
this whole fucking useless...

she is a warlock
and I'm a witch
and we're together
at the expense
of a world we created
built up for each other
we'll destroy this whole planet
build a world
make it up
created for each other
we'll collapse
Track Name: Soloriff
Abandoned melodic guitar instrumental.
Track Name: Heavy
Abandoned guitar instrumental.
Track Name: 80 Dollars And No Sense
Was going to serve as the title track for the album but was abandoned.