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100,000 Lightning Bugs

by The Mnemonic Devices

Rusty Spell and ten of the prettiest girls in the world sing catchy songs about romance, betrayal, dreams, true love, obsession, suicide, attraction, despair, happiness, and the end of the world. Twenty songs in eighty minutes. Like candy that's good for you: too good to be true.
Genre: Pop: Synth Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Ex-Boyfriend's House
3:31 $0.99
2. Teddy Ruxpin
3:44 $0.99
3. Young James
3:10 $0.99
4. Make It Funky
3:45 $0.99
5. I Want You, Girl
3:54 $0.99
6. I Cry I Cry I Cry I Cry I Cry
4:00 $0.99
7. Cherries
3:24 $0.99
8. The Snake Charmer
3:28 $0.99
9. There Is You
5:59 $0.99
10. Hubba Hubba
3:37 $0.99
11. Our Hurricane
3:40 $0.99
12. Oh But Why
3:42 $0.99
13. Should I Talk Slower?
4:04 $0.99
14. Poodle Skirt
4:11 $0.99
15. Finally
4:52 $0.99
16. I Know It's Not Me
3:57 $0.99
17. Nothing Like Me
4:56 $0.99
18. Just For You
4:00 $0.99
19. Sprite-Like
1:33 $0.99
20. Take It Higher
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album includes the best songs from seven years and six albums worth of music. An excellent place to begin exploring the world of Rusty Spell's Mnemonic Devices.

Praise for The Mnemonic Devices:

"The stuff is just wonderful: crazy, cheesy, funny and wonderful voices... Maybe I'm nuts, but it seems infectious--a balance of naive, ironic, nasty, bad playing, good playing, good/bad singing... Very current." --Frederick Barthelme (The Red Krayola)

"You're gonna have a lot of fans here when this gets around." --Hunter Manasco (Three Finger Cowboy)

"The arrangements are mostly done with a synthesizer and a computer, yet Spell manages to give them a warmth that many recordings of this nature have usually lacked." --Tommy Burton (Lately David)

"Rusty Spell and his keyboards wax sensitive for these melodic introspectives dedicated to the work of Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt. Little musical hugs in a cold, cruel world." --Kelly Bauman (

Liner Notes:

Recording: 1998-2005 by Rusty Spell at Love and Letters Studios in Hattiesburg MS, Diamondhead MS, and Edinburg TX, and Liza Marshall in Austin TX. Cover art, photography, and design: Rusty Spell. Total running time: 78.17.

Keyboard by Rusty Spell. Songs by Rusty Spell.

1. My Ex-Boyfriend's House -- Ex-boyfriend's house is most comfortable place in the universe. Liza.
2. Teddy Ruxpin -- Grown-ups fall in love so deeply they become child-like. Amy.
3. Young James -- A Jehovah's Witness has his heart broken by an older woman. Liza.
4. Make It Funky -- Comfort battles Romance for domination. Liza.
5. I Want You, Girl -- Obsessed man sings boy band music to woo. Rusty.
6. I Cry I Cry I Cry I Cry I Cry -- A sad night at the end of the world. Tricia.
7. Cherries -- Guy gets up the guts to ask girl to dance. Liza and Rusty.
8. The Snake Charmer -- The power to charm snakes has never been so abundant. Rusty.
9. There Is You -- World devastation pales in comparison to true love. Lori.
10. Hubba Hubba -- Sexy couple really likes each other. Carrie and Rusty.
11. Our Hurricane -- Hurricanes can be both literal and symbolic. Rusty.
12. Oh But Why -- Woman prefers dream lover to waking lover. Kim.
13. Should I Talk Slower? -- Desperate lover has over-the-top reaction. T. and Brittany.
14. Poodle Skirt -- True love found through time travel. Rusty.
15. Finally -- Multiple reincarnate finds love at the end of time. Mindy.
16. I Know It's Not Me -- Man wants to know, doesn't want to know. Rusty.
17. Nothing Like Me -- A hipster has sour grapes over her break-up with girlfriend. Carrie.
18. Just For You -- Abandonment leads to more extreme abandonment. Kristina.
19. Sprite-Like -- The slipping away of a small moment. Rusty.
20. Take It Higher -- A couple takes it higher than it's ever been before. Liza and Rusty.



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