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You Can't Polish a Nerd

by Nerds & Music

8 years in the making, this is the difficult third Nerds album, colloquially known as the Brown Album. Recorded over a 6 month period at Funky Lizard Studios, and produced, mixed and mastered by the wizard known as Robbie Long.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Humble Pie
3:51 $1.49
2. Yellow Wheely Bin
2:30 $1.49
3. The Font Song
3:16 $1.49
4. Words to That Effect
3:08 $1.49
5. Elephant in the Room
4:11 $1.49
6. On the Overrepresentation of the Musician as a Subject in Popular Song
3:46 $1.49
7. Lemon
4:30 $1.49
8. Rock 'n' Roll Bad Boy
3:12 $1.49
9. Favourite Texta
2:33 $1.49
10. Santa's in a Bad Way
2:28 $1.49
11. Smartphone
2:14 $1.49
12. Synaesthesia Blues
2:37 $1.49
13. Bandwidth
2:02 $1.49
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Album Notes
Track Notes:
1 Humble Pie - We’ve always wanted to arrange a song in the style of the folk music of Gary, Indiana, circa 1970. Who hasn’t?
2 Yellow Wheely Bin - A song about breaking up, but not breaking down.
3 The Font Song - A classic noir, but with fonts. Yes, fonts.
4 Words To That Effect - Bluegrass number adapted from a traditional Russian folk song about a feisty woman called Anastasia, who yearns to travel. The original had very strong language, which we’ve had to tone down for sensitive listeners. However, if you pay close attention, you may be able to piece together the original lyric.
5 Elephant In The Room - The less said about this one, the better.
6 On The Overrepresentation Musician As A Subject In Popular Song - Here we tackle a couple of the big issues plaguing our industry. Firstly, Nerds & Music are thoroughly sick and tired of the constant adulation we receive, simply because we are musicians. It’s ridiculous, out of all proportion, and unseemly. Also, since the advent of the singer/ songwriter in the 1960s, songwriting consultancies have sprung up, providing helpful instruction such as “Write about what you know”. Sound advice, but the consequence is that there is now a plethora of songs about musos, whereas other professions don’t get a look in. We’ve tried to remedy this imbalance.
7 Lemon - The word lemon is used to describe something disappointing. In this song, everything is disappointing.
8 Rock n Roll Bad Boy - A celebration of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle we lead while on the road. In retrospect, the choice of a waltz tempo may have been a mistake.
9 Favourite Texta - Written after an alleged ghost sighting. The truth is a lot more interesting.
10 Santa’s In A Bad Way - The title says it all.
11 Smartphone - There is an oft-voiced complaint, and it’s a fair one, that traditional music does not speak to the youth of today. For example, the tune to this song, The Butterfly, is derived from a song “Cam’ Ye Ower frae France”, a Scottish folk song mocking the House of Hanover, written in the mid-18th century, which was the time of Jacobite Uprisings. We feel it’s unlikely that young Australians would engage with this lyric, so we’ve updated it.
12 Synaesthesia Blues - Based on the abstract of a technical paper about synaesthetes.
13 Bandwidth - One of the few sea-shanties, as far as we can tell, about the National Broadband Network.

Clark Gormley: bass, harmonica and vocals.
Wayne Thompson: guitar, kazoo and vocals.
Robbie Long: drums, tambourine, mandolin, banjo, guitar (Elephant first solo), dobro (Santa), bells.
Grant Fraser: guitar (Elephant, Synaesthesia, Font, Wheely Bin, Overrep, Lemon).
Luke Gaudry: keys.
Adam Ferrier: Trumpet

Seagull and water sound effect, and creaking boat sound effect sourced from Thank you.

In memory of Patricia Gormley (1930-2016)

Copyright 2018 Nerds & Music. Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered August 2017 to February 2018 by the wizard known as Robbie Long at Funky Lizard Studios.



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