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Detritus (Deluxe Edition)

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

Shelley's music is full of wide ranging emotions, solid songwriting, and musical variety and depth that you rarely find coupled with such creative muscle and talent.
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1. Because Because (Band Version)
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2. Another Sad Song
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3. Fade (Demo Version)
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4. Fat Woman Lying in the Street (Band Version)
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5. Fat Man & Beauty (The Ballad of Kim Deal and Black Francis)
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6. Fat Woman Lying in the Street (Demo Version)
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7. I Hang Heavy (Band Version)
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8. Idiot Planet
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9. Wet Dog Shakes
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10. I Start to Fall
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11. Jesco White
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12. Killing Time Again (Band Version)
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13. Lost (Band Version)
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14. Message to the King
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15. Naked
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16. Never Be Like You
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17. Shapes of Things
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18. Wild Eyed Boy (Christian's Song)
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19. Don't Stop the Scream (Live 1995)
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20. I Hang Heavy (Live 1995)
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21. Negative Creep (Live 1995)
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22. Get My Gun Alison (Live 1995)
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23. Lost (Live 1995)
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24. Abandoned (Live 1995)
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25. Because Because (Demo Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As far as I know, these songs include are everything that BOK version 2.0 (Dusty Bugg, Brian Temples, George Finch, and I) ever committed to tape. We certainly intended to record more material, but somehow just never got around to it, which is really too bad because when we started to splinter we'd only just begun to find our identity as a band. Brian was writing some stuff--in fact, we played one of his tunes, "Create" during several of our later shows)--and Dusty had begun to write some music as well to which I'd added lyrics. Again, we performed one of his/our compositions, "A Story That Could Be True", during several of our final few gigs. Sadly, as far as I can tell, no recording exists of either of those songs. (As a side note, I later took the words to "A Story That Could Be True" and turned them into "Absolute Zero" which ended up on my 1995 solo album ST. JUDAS.)

I remember that we recorded the five band songs in one shot in the band room at Harrisonburg High School because we figured we could get a nice reverb-inflected sound. I was recovering from a bad bout with the flu and my voice was super rough and phlegmy. I also recall that Dusty was dissatisfied with the drums on "Because Because" so we wiped them from the multi-track recording and he re-did them at Gary Bugg's house a week later. We also re-recorded the solo for "Lost" at Gary's house. George just couldn't nail his performance so I had him play one solo and then another and layered them on top of each other. I thought the results were pretty cool. For backup vocals, we just all gathered in a circle around one microphone and yelled our heads off while listening to the song cranked through a set of headphones. Great fun really!

Considering we made the whole thing on a Tascam cassette PortaStudio with four SM-57 microphones and pretty much in the course of 5-6 hours with some overdubs here and there completed over the following week, I think the songs came out damn good. They're not really what you'd ever think to call "tight" or professional sounding, but what they do have is a sense of urgency and anger and balls out reality about them that you don't hear much anymore in music. It was all real. I guess that's what I'm trying to say.

The rest of the songs on disc one are all demos that I wrote and recorded to present to the band for possible inclusion in the sets of future shows. I wasn't a very confident person back then as far as my songwriting skills go. I think I wrote some really good stuff like I Start To Fall, Naked, Never Be Like You, and Fat Man And Beauty, but not much of what I was turning out seemed to appeal to the other guys and I was just too lacking in confidence to try to push the material I believed in on them. I think that's frequently been my problem with bands. I'm always moving in a new or different direction or hearing some sort of weirdness in my head that no one else is probably crazy enough to hear himself or herself, and it's hard for me to make the others understand where I'm headed.

I also think that George was sort of phasing out of the whole being-in-a-rock-band thing. And Brian and Dusty were just so damned good that maybe my simplistic stuff wasn't very challenging for them. I was just all about standing in front of a mic and doing pretty much what anybody could do if they'd sit down for a few weeks and take the time to learn five or six chords on their guitar and I never actually WANTED to be technically good. I guess I sort of felt as if once you got REALLY good you sort of distanced yourself from your audience. I suppose I began to feel insecure about my abilities. And that's not a dig at Brian and Dusty at all because after all these years there's still no one I'd rather play with than those two guys. It's funny about Brian in particular...I could never really sit and talk with him for very long but somehow I felt like the two of us understood things on a quite similar intuitive level. And I think when the two of us played together it created a fire on stage that people reacted to instinctively...they either ran for their lives or like moths to flame dived into the music and burned with us. Maybe the same was true with Dusty too, now that I think about it.

"Thank you thank you thank you for planning to release the entire concert. Every time I hear it, it transports me to that night (and those nights). Some of my fondest memories are of rocking out at the Grill on Thursday nights, only to show up ragged and burnt for school on Friday mornings. Of course, it really didn't matter, because my teacher had been out just as late or later. It was a secret life we all shared with you, and it helped make high school bearable." --Andrew Neckowitz (from a recent letter)

I don't think the kind of scene like Andrew's talking about exists much anymore. But I really do think we were part of one for one brief moment. I was releasing my little lo-fi cassettes and there were maybe 50 or 60 people in the whole world who knew about the music and of those perhaps 10-15 who really got it. And it really was a secret society of lost souls (as Alternative Press music critic Jim Santo once described them) all of whom fed off one another and who loved one another and who understood shit that nobody else seemed to be aware of. And the shows were little religious ceremonies where we could all worship together in the house that rock and roll built and for an hour or two we could all feel as though we somehow belonged to something that MATTERED. It was over way too soon...less than a year really.

I've included several selections from that October 20, 1994 gig. This shitty recording is all we have now of those days other than DETRITUS. It was for a little while a good time for feeling like music mattered again. I wish I had some of our later shows on tape because to be honest folks this was only our second gig (and George's first) and we were still learning the songs and still trying to figure out how to play off each other and we didn't play very well on this night at the Little Grill, but just listen to the interaction between the band and the audience (the Grill was packed and people were dancing and yelling and singing along and it was a fine chilly night to thumb your nose at reality) and you'll maybe be able to feel just a little of what it was like to be there and know you belonged to a world where you were loved.

Oh...play this album LOUD!

1. Because Because (Band Version)
2. Another Sad Song
3. Fade (Demo Version)
4. Fat Woman Lying in the Street (Band Version)
5. Fat Man & Beauty (the Ballad of Kim Deal and Black Francis)
6. Fat Woman Lying in the Street (Demo Version)
7. I Hang Heavy (Band Version)
8. Idiot Planet
9. Wet Dog Shakes
10. I Start to Fall
11. Jesco White
12. Killing Time Again (Band Version)
13. Lost (Band Version)
14. Message to the King
15. Naked
16. Never Be Like You
17. Shapes of Things
18. Wild-Eyed Boy
19. Don't Stop the Scream (Live)
20. I Hang Heavy (Live)
21. Negative Creep (Live)
22. Get My Gun Alison (Live)
23. Lost (Live)
24. Abandoned (Live)
25. Because Because (Demo Version)

All songs written by Jim Shelley except "Negative Creep" (K. Cobain) and "Get My Gun Alison" (R. St. Ours). The live selections are from an October 20, 1994 concert at the Little Grill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Personnel on the "band versions" and the live performances: Dusty Bugg - drums/backing vocals; George Finch - guitar/backing vocals; Brian Temples - bass/backing vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/lead vocals. Jim Shelley provided the vocals and instrumentation on all other tracks.

For more information: bookofkills.com.

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