Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's All About Me™ Week continues. I'm an old punk!

So yesterday, I was looking at the Sitemeter page for this blog, minding my own bidness, when I see that someone got here from a link I didn't know about at Old Punks Web Zine, a website devoted to the music of the late 70's and early 80's. At the very bottom of the front page right now, though that could easily change, there's an MP3 of Let's Start a Rumour, a song Padre Mickey and I recorded together about 26 years ago. I got in contact with the guy who runs the blog, and he was very happy I had no intention of suing him, which I don't, of course. If more people hear and like The Wonders of Science, this is perfectly jake with me, and I think I can speak for the Padre as well, because this week, of course, It's All About Me™.

The song on the website is from the first EP we recorded before we added more band members to make it possible to go on stage. A lot of people can say accurately that they were in The Wonders of Science, but for any Wonders of Science reunion, it has to include Padre Mickey and me or it doesn't count. The most famous ex-Wonder, who is not pictured here, is our drummer after Nathan Lindsay. Lex van den Berghe, who we called Lexi back in the day, got famous not through music, but because he finished third on Survivor in one of the early seasons. I'd gladly tell you more Lexi stories, but this week, It's All About Me™.

So, just to be clear, The Wonders of Science was a collaborative effort. On Let's Start a Rumour, I wrote the song, I sang lead vocals and I paid for the recording session because I was the bachelor with disposable income and the Padre was a father of two living on a budget. Why do I bring this up? Because this week... oh, I think you get the point.

WARNING: There may be spyware called Zinaps attached to the mp3 file. Use your anti-spyware protection software after downloading the tune.


CDP said...

Another great story! I am loving "All About Matty" week.

Splotchy said...

Agh, I can't be silent anymore!

Your picture in that band photo looks eerily like Charles Grodin!

Phew. I have been holding that in for a long time.

Matty Boy said...

Good for you, Splotchy. Holding that stuff in only leads to health problems later.

Also, it is the case with some celebrities that any resemblance must be an eerie one. Padre Mickey in some pictures looks remarkably like Paul Rubens, but any resemblance I have to Charles Grodin must be an eerie one.

Karlacita! said...

I don't see the Charles Grodin, but I do see a bit of the John Cleese. And this blog is certainly uncontaminated by cheese!

Anonymous said...


Emerson from oldpunks again. Your all about me week is now all about me too! Hah!

"Let's Start A Rumour" is a central part of the project I'm doing, and since you've been so nice I'll make it the first song on one of the comps, which means abso-fuggly nothing. I think I first downloaded your song from a series of compilations put together by one Roger Lodge (SP??), found by accident on the intertubes.

At this rate you'll be swimming in internet money in no time.

Padre Mickey said...

Padre Mickey in some pictures looks remarkably like Paul Rubens,
It's probably the bow tie, or even the Too Tight Grey Suit. Or, perhaps, the T.P. stuck to my shoe. . .

jolie said...

that is a sweet tune - thanks emerson for providing the link. so, at the risk of showing how little I actually know about punk (of any sort) I saw the judy's during SXSW this year, and your sound is reminiscent of that band. not that y'all would have run into each other way back when.

very cool!

Matty Boy said...

I'd like to say that my favorite song on the original Wonders of Science EP, is Call It Off, which was sung by Padre Mickey, co-written by Padre Mickey and one of his previous bandmates and on which I only play lead synthesizer and sing background vocals.

I'd like to say this but I won't, because this week It's All About Me™!

Padre Mickey said...

Well, thank God you didn't say that here during All About You™ Week!

FranIAm said...

Buying that CD was the best investment!

You should be all about you more often!!