Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 9: Fuz

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 9: Fuz

We wrote this song in the late winter/early-spring of 1990. This was the first song we wrote after the initial creative burst that got me thinking we could write more than just a few songs. I believe we debuted this song at a show at a dance club called Jillymax...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 8: Ring of Fire

This cover of the Johnny Cash song was heavily inspired by the 80s version done by Wall of Voodoo. You can hear their version here. We did our version before Social Distortion did theirs. I like ours better. Social Distortion made more money from theirs. Rod (singer)...
Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 7: Suzy Q

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 7: Suzy Q

Panel for the SubBass plug-in in Logic Express Another in the reggae then ska then reggae then ska songs we wrote in the first months. There are two things about this song that I really love. The first is the lyrical content. It’s not entirely apparent, but I...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 6: RBUG

cover illustration and design by Merkley??? Many of you have asked for original art for I Wish I Had a Raygun and this was it. This is a scan done by RIch, the original drummer of the J-card for the cassette. This song was guaranteed to turn the party into a huge pit...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 5: Chevy Bossa Nova

In 1987, a keyboard was introduced to the mass market by Roland called the D-50. It blended a synthesis technique of sampled attack waves attached to digital synthesizer sounds. So things like pizzacato strings and chuffy flutes (for making new age tracks!) sounded...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 4: Kick Me

Swim Herschel Swim, live at Center Stage, Provo, Utah, 1991-2(?). This photo used without permission from Rich Hillquist’s personal collection. This song was written in real time on a stage during a show where we needed to calm down the crowd. We were playing at...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 3: Mahi Mahi

My 2009 alternative title of this track: Hot Mess. I can’t recall why we decided to call this one “Mahi Mahi”, but this smacks of 1990. This recording is a mess and of the work I’ve done, this one has taken, by far, the longest to remaster....

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 2: Clueless

You may want to read this post if you haven’t. What I’m going to say today will only sound coherent if you have the backstory. After our initial two gigs, our bass player left on a Mormon mission. We had known this from the outset and were actively...

Swim Herschel Swim Skeleton 1: Baby B

Prologue In the fall of 1989 at BYU, I formed a ska band called Swim Herschel Swim along with my drummer roommate Rich Hillquist, lead vocalist (and tromboner) Rod Middleton, bassist Russell Cluff and guitarist Rick Anderson. I wrote a bit about Herschel in 2005,...