Reduce, Reuse, Spin Cycle Vol. 3 (Archive Album)

by The Retarded Potentials

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    The conclusion to this three part archive includes selections from Winter Solo demos, One of Four demos, assorted experiments collaborations and jams ending with my very first nine song demo.
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released June 22, 2017

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Track Name: Culture Dish Soldier
mesocortical
white coats and lights
jump drive equations
right on schedule
destruction imminent
potent and mutual

a new war, a new front
a locked door is not enough
a new future, new time
I lose my patience
as I watch you lose your mind

in a parking garage
of the wealthiest mansion
from radio stations
chemicals flow
lever fever forever

a new war, a new front
a locked door is not enough
a new future, new time
I lose my patience
as I watch you lose your mind
Track Name: Life Is Like A Box Of Leftovers
I figured it out
I figured it out now
all on my own

I figured it out yeah
you'd never been taught
but you figure it out yeah

fuck a reason to cuss
the shit I think I make up
lack of thoughts drive me crazy
lack of lust makes me lazy

I figured it out
figured it out now
all on my own
I figured it out yeah
you'd never been taught

fuck a reason to cuss
the shit I think I make up
lack of thoughts drive me crazy
lack of lust makes me lazy

and I sleep for days now
found a calling oh
this song makes me feel eight
yeah

I figured it out yeah
all on my own
I figured it out yeah
you'd never been taught
but you figure it out
I figured it out yeah
Track Name: Something Better
(from Winter Solo demos)

I have these things making me fall
whats it take to feel full again
why learn if I can't listen
it never was this clear before

torn and shattered
burned bound and battered

something better

the funniest thing that I saw doesn't matter
when I'm mad at her
the last thing I ever heard from your mouth
was your laughter
was her laughter

torn and shattered
burned bound and battered

something better
Track Name: Scoping Out The Skyline
(from Winter Solo demos)

well even if I look
I'm not open for suggestions yet
can we move it along
it's a bit lacking in sight
your lips make almost a man of me

I don't know what it is
that keeps me up at night
that keeps on dragging me out
and wakes me up in a loving way
something is wrong here

I don't know what it is
that keeps me hoping at night
it keeps me hoping you'll dream
something I really love about
there's something in between it

I don't know what it is
that makes me fight
keeps on beating a draft
have a look all around you
this battle of mind here

when I look up to the sky
I know he's there scoping me out
practice his eyes on you
making notes like your opposed to
Track Name: Unbecoming Of You
(from Winter Solo demos)

if you don't mind
I think I'll sleep right here
because when I dream of you
I'm not so sure
I never sweared before
I'd never cursed

it's unbecoming of you
it's so much easier
if you tell the truth

as I tried to make up my mind
wondering through both sides
wondering where I'd lay at night
scared of sleeping all on my own
Track Name: Doppleganger
as I walk across the street
I thought I saw my shadow
it cannot be my shadow
the same light shaded skin tone
I wouldn't shake my hand
I don't know where it's been
away as fast as I can
I never saw that man

a cold shoulder
got older
I got pain in my thumbs

I met my broken double
I call him doppelganger

as I walk across the street
a meeting with my shadow
a talk of times past falter
I've got another daughter

a butchered ear now
got the cold shoulder
not growing older

I met my broken double
I call him doppelganger
Track Name: Soundcheck Jam (instrumental)
(from One of Four demos)
instrumental with drums, bass, and guitar
Track Name: Untitled Instrumental
(from One of Four demos)
instrumental with drums, bass and guitar
Track Name: Purple Eyeshadow
(from One of Four demos)

some of the girls that I know
cover it up with purple eye shadow
when I play dumb I kind of make that face
when I see her I might make that face

some other girls that I know
laugh it up over things I see as shallow
when I'm single I might make this face
if I see her I might make that face

a few other girls that I know
write notes with words that I wrote
when I play dumb I just make this face
and if I see her I might make that face
Track Name: Feedback Jam (instrumental)
(from One of Four demos)
instrumental with drums, bass and guitar
Track Name: 250 Miles To Chicago
instrumental with drums and guitar
Track Name: If I Remember Correctly
(aka This Concludes Our Presentation)

on my first day
they took my coat
and didn't have my name
let me hold something
to put things I need in case I need
I'm driving through bad drama
I need to use your moped some day

if I remember correctly
you'll find an explanation
in the back of a handbook you saw

--__
--__
afraid to change my ways
if I tell you everything
would you go and white out all your ink
Track Name: Moonlight Dew Sunrise Tune (instrumental)
Eastern tinged instrumental with drums, bass and guitar
(served as the sound test for the following track, "Homegrown")
Track Name: Homegrown (instrumental)
instrumental with drums, bass and guitar
(rewritten later with lyrics using nothing but the verse riff and title)
Track Name: 3 Billion To Go
(recorded alongside the following track, "My Life As A Low Budget Video", re-recorded for the albums "Long Songs" and "80 Dollars And No Sense)

it shined on me and it's 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

as Creve Coeur twists up into the sky
Macomb flakes out
I want to 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: (My Life As A) Low Budget Video
(recorded alongside "3 Billion To Go", re-recorded for the EP "Another Long Weekend")

it's been three whole weeks since
I've dried geraniums
tuned through stations hiss
with assistance of my germanium

silicone chips for breakfast
silicate in my lips
crystal lattice laced it all

that's just the curse of my exoskeleton
plankton evolved after all
broken pipes and broken mics
it would be great if it wasn't my life
low budget video

silicone chips for breakfast
silicate in my lips
crystal lattice laced it all

calcified lime rust in my backbone
I've got to go home
excuse to be alone
just sit around and wonder what the hell
where's everyone
Track Name: My Baby's Name (Informal Blue Boy cover)
(originally by Informal Blue Boy)

I don't remember what my baby's name is
his mother is so angry I feel so stupid
I'm just a jerk ya I really can't explain it
I don't remember what my baby's name is

if I don't do something
I will do nothing

what's my baby's name?
Track Name: Mr Potato (Thus The Tensilemen cover)
(originally by Thus The Tensilemen)

Mr Potato I got a thing or two to say
Mr Potato the kind of things you make me do are gay
Mr Potato I want to see you in the salt water
Mr Potato I have divorced your father

the solo I sing so low
a solo
so low

ringadinga-dinga
ringadinga-dinga
Mr Potato I just want a piece of celery
Mr Potato you don't get in much to me
Mr Potato I do not make my
fuck
from the top

the hardest part is when you sing the solo
because it's...
try to sing so low

ringadinga-dinga
ringadinga-dinga
Mr Potato I don't know if I can find your lips
Mr Potato what the hell made you such a good toy
Mr Potato throw your body please in the juice
Mr Potato I have too much respect for him I'm Jewish

no I'm not
but the hardest part to sing is the solo
because you sing
so low

ringadinga-dinga
ringadinga-dinga
Mr Potato Playskool is the name on your box
Mr Potato they'd never send you out with chicken pox
Mr Potato if I never liked you in first grade
Mr Potato would you be my best friend anyway

because the hardest part to sing is the solo
you sing so low

Mr Potato you make a good whisky rye
Mr Potato I could you eat you every single night
skin so dark
as night
Track Name: Let's Go Away (Wipers cover)
(originally by the Wipers)

stuck in the pits of cape coral
really gives me the blues
well being stuck in one place too long
makes me itchy to move
there's got to be a better place
so lets get on the move

lets go lets go
lets go lets go
lets go lets go away

no matter where ever I go
it seems always the same
we've got to find a new world
before we start going insane
there's got to be a better place
so lets get on the move

lets go lets go
lets go lets go
lets go lets go away
Track Name: Do You Love Me and Private Affair (Kiss and Saints covers)
(originally by Kiss and The Saints)

you really like my limousine
you like the way the wheels roll
you like my seven inch leather heels
and going to all of the shows, but

do you love me, do you love me
really love me

you like the hotels, studios
private planes, new bras
you like my hotel, leather boots
hair spray, credit cards
but
do you love me, do you love me
really love me, really love me

rock and roll, rock your mony
get you far
you like mudhoney honey
rolling stones
and the beatles
and the cars
but do you love me

we've got new thoughts, new ideas, it's all so groovy
it's just a shame that we've all seen the same old movies
Track Name: Clocked In (Black Flag cover)
(originally by Black Flag)

I'M TIED TO A CLOCK
BUT I CAN'T GET LOOSE
I DID THIS TO MYSELF
PUTS MY BRAIN IN A NOOSE

BUZZER SOUNDS, GOTTA MOVE
FEET MOVE, LEGS MOVE, HANDS MOVE, BRAIN MOVES
REAL SLOW

I'VE GOTTA BE ON TIME
JUST TO COLLECT MY REWARD
I'VE GOTTA STAND IN LINE
MAKES ME FEEL SO FUCKING BORED

BUZZER SOUNDS, GOTTA MOVE
HANDS MOVE, FEET MOVE, LEGS MOVE, BRAIN MOVES
REAL SLOW

BOSS BARKS ORDERS AT ME

GOTTA MOVE
FEET MOVE, LEGS MOVE, BRAIN MOVES, BRAIN WAVES
REAL SLOW
Track Name: Those Were The Days (All In The Family theme)
boy the way Glenn Miller played
songs that made the Hit Parade
guys like us we had it made
those were the days.

didn't need no welfare states
everybody pulled their weight
gee our old LaSalle ran great
those were the days

and you knew who you were then
girls were girls and men were men

mister, we could use a man like Ron Paul again

people seemed to be content
$50 paid the rent
freaks were in the circus tent
those were the days

take a little Sunday spin
go to watch the dogers win
have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin

hair was short and skirts were long
Kate Smith really knew how to sell the song
you don't know just what went wrong
those were the days
Track Name: Stuck Like Glue (with Jeff Free)
tbd
Track Name: Don't Look Too Hard
won't you name your god or any other
amen easy up and down
you say you hate me
and I say I hate you
it's so easy to hear yourself
and I hate to admit when I'm wrong

find it in yourself
but don't look too hard

and I hate to admit when I'm wrong
I'm so wrong
Track Name: Twisted
infested

from the highest levels
to the lowest levels
from the inner portions
to the outer portions

I won't have it

from the power of love
to the low down bromance
got it twisted
they've got it twisted
they've got it twisted

I will not have it
I'm not having it
infested
infested

from the bowel of the highest level
from the bottom of the barrel
infested
twisted
making it up as they go

I won't have it
no more

from the top of the highest mountain
to the bottom of the lowest post
running this motherfucking city
it burns like a cheap
vodka
it makes me jump
off the back porch
he thinks its cool to get knocked out
Track Name: Jams
undated random material
Track Name: Silt and Bone
(with Chris on drums and Allen on bass)

because you're adorable
because he's helping
define sorrow
the fire burns
witch suit
ash aside
now I don't know how to realize

oh god I'll think of something
I'll count on someone else
oh my god it's something

because you're adorable
standing on silt and bone

and you've got a fever some think
and I can't be like
catch up on sleep or something

I don't know how to right
the wrong thinking

oh god I'll see it some day
and with so many things that are happening
they're abnormal

we've got to speak on something
something can be like
if before tomorrow won't happen
Track Name: Translucent Girl
(with Chris on drums and Allen on bass)

she had no summer
because the kids were
so mean about the
health inspection

it's just a way to pass summer
it's just a way to pass sunlight
it's just a way to pass summer
it's just a way to pass

safe behind screened in doors
and porches
with the rayban sunglasses
and a darkness

it's just a way to pass summer
it's just a way to pass sunlight
it's just a way to pass summer
it's just a way to pass

no she's not dead yet
but the doctor said that
she's white as a ghost
Track Name: Taken (with Boredom Swells)
(vocals recorded with Boredom Swells on all instruments)s
Track Name: Song With Shawn F.
(with Shawn F. on bass)

what if it's just another meeting
another day in another cult
hardly up awake yet dreaming
a second nose to smell the bullshit

empty in the head
furloughed

we've seen all the life that we need
wondered after all that's sold
break a rib and share a bone
to pick your teeth with
I would never ask a favor
just to know that if I can float
borrow for our barbecued dreams
a second head to comprehend it

wounded in the head
furloughed
wounded in the head

I would like to thank the website
that I do not know the address for
that suggests funky chord progressions
I would also like to thank Shawn F
for providing that thumpy thump thump
Track Name: Bass Based Jams
short instrumental guitar and bass jams
Track Name: Zoom (instrumental)
the original
Track Name: Rats (Syd Barrett cover)
got it hit down
spot knock inside a spider
says that's love yeah yeah yeah yeah
that's love yeah yeah yeah yeah
says that's love, all know it
TV, teeth, feet, peace, feel it
that's love yeah yeah yeah yeah
that's love yeah yeah yeah yeah

like the fall that brings me to
I like the fall that brings me to
I like the cord around sinew
I make a cord around sinew

duck the way to least is less
the tea craving of the metal west
'ell tomorrow's rain and test
'ell tomorrow's rain and test
love an empty sun and guess
love an empty sun and guess
dimples dangerous and blessed

heaving arriving tinkling
mingling jets and statuesque
seething wet we meeting fleck
seething wet we meeting fleck
lines and winds and crib and half
each fair day I give you half
of each fair day I give you half
I look into your eyes and you,
flathe in the sun for you

Bam, spastic, tactile engine
heaving, crackle, slinky, dormy, roofy, wham
I'll have them, fried bloke
broken jardy, cardy, smoocho, moocho, paki, pufftle
sploshette moxy, very smelly,
cable, gable, splintra, channel
top the seam he's taken off

rats, rats lay down flat
we don't need you, we act like that
and if you think you're unloved
well then we know about that
rats, rats, lay down flat
yes yes yes yes lay down flat
Track Name: Swimming With My Arms Crossed
I'm swimming with my arms crossed
got a fish in my pocket
and a seahorse knotted in my hair
I'm entangled in sea weed
don't you know that stuffs in your toothpaste
and ice cream
is there any ice cream where I'm going
do you have to brush your teeth

I'm swimming with my arms bound
I am the fisherman's son
maybe I could've been a painter
maybe I could've been mayor
Track Name: Brain Damage (Toxic Chemicals)
toxic chemicals
brain damage
toxic chemicals
brain damage
don't use drugs
don't use drugs

toxic chemicals
brain damage
toxic chemicals
brain damage
don't use drugs
don't use drugs
don't use drugs

don't use drugs
never
don't use drugs
never
don't use drugs
never
don't use drugs
you'll be just like me
Track Name: Talk To Me (Nirvana cover)
more left handed drum fuckery, testing new recording equipment
Track Name: Johnny
noise guitar experiment featuring a bit of Johnny Tremain
Track Name: Electric Idea (instrumental)
abandoned electric idea
Track Name: RFRDI Demo Track 2
this town like my mouth is so dry
life ain't what it seems from the outside
big wheel plan turning around inside my head
leave real fast and look back
running through my head

inside me you will see everything that I hide
inside
it'll show you its awoken of my memory
killing conversations I can't define
I don't want to make it if I have to try

thats just the way its supposed to be
the way it should be
thats just the way its supposed to be
the way it should be
thats just the way it seems to be

if I were in sonic youth
I think my name would be lee
if i were in sonic youth
I would mime on mtv
takes all the time
to memorize the story
I don't know the way to my path
but that's because I'm so hurried

thats just the way it seems to be
the way that it should be
thats just the way it seems
the way that it should be
thats just the way that it seems that I should be
thats just the way that it seems that I should be