New Memories

by Too Much Joy

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NEW MEMORIES Way back when you were mine Once upon a different time We would lie in bed all day You'd demonstrate your old pliés As shadows stretched across the wall And summer slowly stretched to fall You had those lovely leather boots And several others in pursuit I remember beds in Rome And several different ones at home The first one followed us out west But the third one was the best It took some time to dawn on us A decent mattress is a must That's not a thing you simply know Until time proves it to be so I need Some new memories I have used up all of these This weed Induces reveries And forgives all treacheries The third was the first we bought new It seemed a crazy thing to do Fresh springs that did not squeak A headboard without a creak We'd stay in bed till afternoon We'd both get stoned and watch cartoons Felt like precious luxuries And we had precious few of these I need Some new memories I have used up all of these This weed Induces reveries And forgives all treacheries © & ℗ 2020 People Suck Music
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NEW MEMORIES (part 2) We regretted mattress four Did it cause our current war? Liked the soft one with more give But I chose to make due with The firmer model you preferred Not knowing what I just stirred Barely sensed our slow decline Just went to bed at different times I need Some new memories I have used up all of these This weed Induces reveries And forgives all treacheries On mattress five I lie alone Reading old texts on my phone Emojis few and far between Now and then you'd use The Scream Shadows kept creeping along Nights kept turning into dawn Woke up one day with a yawn And reached for someone who was gone I need Some new memories I have used up all of these This weed Induces reveries And forgives all treacheries I remember feeling glad Can't feel the feeling that I had © & ℗ 2020 People Suck Music
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Snow Day 02:28
SNOW DAY These billboards are bothering me I don't wanna buy your fucking clothes Who the hell named this street? Sick of walking the same way home I went to bed and I dreamed about the boring day that just went by Bells are pealing in the distance I'm unravelling inside I declare a snow day Not gonna work, no way I am great you're ok Remain inside stay out of my way I used to love to watch it fall snow, snow don't go away I never went to church but I sure knew how to pray A Saturday nobody planned Never guessed teachers liked em, too Lots of words I like Those were my favorite two I declare a snow day Not gonna work, no way I am great you're ok Remain inside stay out of my way Should I punch the clock or punch the boss? All snow does now is make me late Doesn't mean much at all just one more thing to hate Jump under the covers, at first you freeze Pretty soon you never wanna leave Today is cancelled, alert the press Getting up is too treacherous © & ℗ 1991 People Suck Music

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As bored as everybody else while self-isolating in June, Too Much Joy decided to see if they could complete a couple of songs in time for the next Bandcamp First Friday.

The result is New Memories, a 3-track EP. New Memories parts 1 and 2 were written and recorded June, 2020. Snow Day was written in the early '90s, but never recorded till now.

Sandy and Tommy laid down the rhythm tracks at Riverworks, with the patient assistance of Matt Noble. Bill added his parts in his home studio, Jay recorded his with the help of his son Leo at home in Los Angeles, and Tim added his vocals at Anu Kirk's home in San Francisco.

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released July 3, 2020

Jay Blumenfield: guitar, vocals
Tim Quirk: vocals
Sandy Smallens: bass, vocals
Tommy Vinton: drums
William Wittman: other bass, other guitar, vocals

New Memories and Snow Day mixed by William Wittman
New Memories (Part 2) mixed by Michael James

Many thanks to a variety of facemask-wearing engineers: Matt Noble at Riverworks Recording, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Leo Blumenfield at Jay's house in LA; Anu Kirk at his house in SF.

Leo played some additional guitars, as did Michael James.

Tommy Vinton exclusively uses Evans Drum heads and Vic Firth sticks.

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Too Much Joy Scarsdale, New York

TMJ is/was a punk-pop band of some minor renown. Some of that renown was due to their music, which included semi-hits such as “Crush Story,” “Donna Everywhere,” and “That’s a Lie” — a cover of the LL Cool J tune that featured the man himself in the music video, which actually got played quite a bit during daylight hours on MTV back when they did that sort of thing. ... more

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