Swim Herschel Swim – Billion

Of all the songs we did, this one was the most “metal” Fishbone from the early 90s sound they had going. I believe this song was composed by Merkley to push us away from a more pure form of ska and towards something more marketable; we had label interest,...

Swim Herschel Swim – Happy, Underwater

Musically, this song was all me. I wrote it in my Provo apartment and the original version, the one we played live, was far more skanky/ska than this recorded version. The tracking sessions for this song pretty much paved the way for the punk jazz band that several of...
Swim Herschel Swim: Lord Stinky

Swim Herschel Swim: Lord Stinky

So it’s been what, a year since the last track was posted? I’m taking better meds now. This track, “Lord Stinky”, was a subject of some debate as we finally heard the lyrics in the studio. There was an ongoing battle of scatology pretty much...
Swim Herschel Swim: Montero

Swim Herschel Swim: Montero

Let’s celebrate healthcare reform passing with one of my all-time favorite Swim Herschel Swim songs, Montero. This song features music written by me and the bass player, Kent. Words by Rod. I remember buying an Ensoniq EPS 16+ sampler in 1991 and it changed my...
Burn Swim Burn: Scourge

Burn Swim Burn: Scourge

This song is a straight up Merkley joint. He brought this in fully written and the rest of us just added a few touches here and there. Merkley bought a sampler and began to bring in songs he did fully composed. I think I added a some of the keyboard sounds on this one...
Burn Swim Burn – Bob

Burn Swim Burn – Bob

HI! Remember last spring and summer when I started sharing and remastering tracks from Swim Herschel Swim? And then we had our second baby? And then we launched a new section of dooce.com? And then Heather got signed by HGTV? We’re back! This song is one I take...

Burn Swim Burn – Clueless, etc.

Here are three tracks that we released on I Wish I Had a Raygun that we redid for the CD. These were all recorded at the same studio, but we’d beefed up our sound considerably and we pushed the 16-tracks as hard as we could. Clueless: Featuring a guitar solo...

Burn Swim Burn – General

This and about a dozen other tracks on the CD were recorded at the same studio that we did I Wish I Had a Raygun, with Lou the guitarist doing the engineering and Merkley taking primary producing. Others weighed in, but Merkely was there for most every session. I was...
Pastor

Pastor

This track was part of the all-night tracking session I talked about here. Rod’s vocals were recorded at 5 in the morning and the tired quality to his voice is kind of cool. At that time, none of the band, to my knowledge, was using any substance more volatile...

Burn Swim Burn – Shut Up

I thought I’d do a similar thing that I did with I Wish I Had a Raygun with the CD Burn Swim Burn that my college band, Swim Herschel Swim, released in 1994. I’ll be posting each track and share a story or two. The making of Burn Swim Burn was traumatic,...