Mr. Thingee | Mr. Thingee Writhes Again

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Mr. Thingee Writhes Again

by Mr. Thingee

Hear the CD that got us thrown out of Messiah College.
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Happened When Dick Johnson Fell In Love
3:37 album only
2. Gimme Summa Dat
4:21 album only
3. Freecell
2:42 album only
4. Been Mistreated By My Woman Blues
4:38 album only
5. Evil Overlord
3:53 album only
6. My Name Is Aquaman
3:14 album only
7. Lizard Man
3:55 album only
8. The Dirty Song
3:28 album only
9. Fat Man
4:35 album only


Album Notes
Here's the short version:
Buck (Curtis Stetka) and Shirky (Matt Shirk) play guitar and sing silly songs about vomit monsters, lesbians, screwing around at the office, and superheroes, among other topics. On this CD, acoustic guitar, kazoo, and voices are the only instrumentation. The CD has helped Mr. Thingee develop a small, devoted following. We are a comedic, acoustic blend of folk and rock. A less dirty, more goofy Tenacious D.

If you have a sense of humor and want to hear something unique that will make you smile, and possibly have you singing along, you will probably enjoy the CD.

Here's a breakdown of the tunes on the CD:

"What Happened When Dick Johnson Fell in Love with Candy Luscious" tells the story of Dick Johnson, an aging porn star whose feelings for his co-star go beyond the physical.

"Gimme Summa Dat" is an ode to beer-goggling.

"Freecell" is devoted to all of those office workers who spend their day playing games, emailing their friends, downloading mp3s, and shopping on ebay.

"Been Mistreated by My Woman Blues" is the sad tale of a man who has been thoroughly mistreated. By his woman.

"Evil Overlord" is about all of the things that I would do differently if I were in Darth Vader's shoes.

"My Name is Aquaman" is about the world's lamest super-hero. He may not have great powers, but he still gets the ladies.

"Lizard Man" is about a what happened when our campsite was attacked by lizard men.

"The Dirty Song". You must be 18 or older to hear this song.

"Fat Man" is about a lesbian vampire hunter from the year 2017.

Here's the long version:
It started way back in 1987, in Reading, PA. Rob, a mutual friend, had a brother who recorded some tunes on a 4-track that were exceptionally dirty. Songs with titles like "Having C**t For Breakfast" and "Eat My B***s". Rob and I (this is Matt writing), being musically inclined, decided to record our own goofy songs, but make the dirty stuff a bit more subtle. Rob did the song speaking, and I played the electric guitar. We wrote songs about lepers trying to get dates, our dissatisfaction with the beaches of New Jersey, bestiality, and basically anything that you would never ordinarily hear in a song. This music would have been categorized as comedic rock, similar to They Might Be Giants. The tape that resulted was copied and passed around local college campuses. We called ourselves The Flaming Tree Zebras.

It was actually pretty wild there for a short time. On several occasions, I would attend a party and someone would put our tape on. Sometimes, they wouldn't believe that it was me on the tape. Also, for some reason they thought it was us, The Flaming Tree Zebras, who wrote and performed "Bitchin' Camaro", when in fact that was the Dead Milkmen. I did not do much to dissuade them from thinking that however.

The Flaming Tree Zebras had no gigs, and pretty much did nothing else for a long time. In the early 90s, Buck joined us and helped to write a bunch more tunes in the same goofy vein. Still, there were no actual gigs (CDs were just catching on-no one owned a burner). We simply recorded these songs for our own amusement and the amusement of our close friends (sometimes mentioned in the songs).

Buck went away to college, and formed his own comedic rock band, called The Sludge Monkeys. His main songwriting partner at that time was named Joe Smith. The two put together some even more coherent, humorous tunes and this time, decided to play out. They added a bassist and drummer, and played at some local and college functions in Syracuse, NY. They soon discovered that there was a market for such material, and had a modicum of success.

Eventually Buck transferred, and The Sludge Monkeys died. Buck and I each earned degrees and got real jobs. We were each in many different bands of various sorts, but none to match what had come before. It was only in 2000, twelve years after it all started, that Buck, Rob, and I decided to try again. The three of us got together and performed some old material, and collectively wrote some new tunes. Rob's career and other pursuits quickly prevented him from going further, but Buck and I continued on. We played a few open mic nights in the area, and invited bunches of our friends. Some didn't get it, most did. We decided to record the CD on this site-"Mr. Thingee Writhes Again". It has been commended on its simplicity and production value. We have since added a new member: Steve plays the keyboards, flute, and saxophone, and sings and writes. We are now playing occasional actual paying gigs in the area, playing our own goofy, original music!



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