An Album Titled as Ourselves

by The Bad Spellers

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released 01 March 2013

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Yasuko sang, clapped, played Casiotone, pianica, shaker, glockenspiel, accordion, tambourine, toy clarinet, and other auxiliary instruments. Tony sang, clapped, made drum beats, played guitar, banjo, and kazoo.

All music and lyrics were written by The Bad Spellers, except the lyrics for Winder which were originally written by HUM. The lyrics and concept for Rocketship were experienced with and inspired by our friend Theia.

* “Winder” is copyright 1993 Martians Go Home (BMI), and was originally written & Performed by HUM.
All other music on this record and all lyrics listed above are copyright 2012 The Bad Music (ASCAP).

All songs were recorded and mixed by The Bad Spellers on our couch, bed, and at a small table in our Brattleboro, VT apartment during 2011 and 2012, except "UFO Song" which was recorded in our Ushihama, Fussa, Tokyo apartment during 2008.

Final album mastering by Omar Delarosa @ Plastic Impossible in Queens, NY.

Special thanks to Erik Newquist, Kirk Murphy, Maria Pugnetti, Nettie Lane, and Radha Newsom for adding additional vocals and ambient party noise on “Apartment.”

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The Bad Spellers Brattleboro, Vermont

We are The Bad Spellers, and we began playing music in 2003. Much of our time together has been spent in Japan, and we have since moved to the beautiful hill town of Brattleboro, Vermont USA. Our discography is small, but our hearts and our ability to be lazy and have fun are quite large. Through listening to our music, we hope to inspire you to have fun as well, and take time to relax :) ... more

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Track Name: It's How I Like My Steak (Weldon)
Fraggles and a toy drum set
echoed off the marble floor
and you
never wanted something new.

Often I remember the coat and shades
and the keyboard that you'd trade
and wish I could give something back.

Reflecting on the ages you've become,
I notice a regression in years.
Like Robin Williams on reruns,
youth connects and keeps you here.

As our bodies reveal time and change,
we are inspired by
your resistance to be tamed.

With this I've gained
existential insight
to understand
meaning in this life.

Time will never win
when battling against
your love, it's true.
And if someone
can help me to reach
deep inside, it's you.
To become myself
and someone new.
Track Name: Valentine
When we look beyond the hearts we wear,
who do you think we will see there?
Maybe each other looking in a stare.
Proof of our souls existing, bare.

Boku no shinzou wa mukashi kara doki doki suru.
Watashi no haa-to wa mukashi kara doki doki for you.

When we look beyond the hearts we wear,
who do you think we will see there?
Maybe each other looking in a stare.
Proof of our souls existing, bare.

So in a pure and honest state of mind,
in present-moment space and time,
can I express my love for you?
Be mine, and share with me a valentine.
Track Name: Mother Michigan
There are no groups of stars in the sky
or aromatic things one can find
which replicate the warmth of your
mellow echo in our live
bodies as we
dance our way
through this confusing space.

Green mountains aren't so different
from dunes along The Lake,
although at times we choose to find
each as its own landscape.

Drifting across the bridge between our lives,
we have seen the stars,
and the open water and the moon.
We've returned soon
able to look deep into
your reflection.

As the thread of each moment becomes
the past, it weaves a cradle.
Track Name: Just a Bunch'a Fiddleheads
Twenty inches every day
on our hilly town,
beautiful when we first saw it
collecting on the ground.
As much as I love you,
little flakes of snow,
it's spring and I'm wondering
when you will go.

We are looking forward to the summer
so we can free our minds.
We're so glad it's gonna soon be summer.
The thaw will feed new life.

Beneath the chaos
of the heavy winter
flows a stream
welling forth a flood of good
from in the frozen scene,
helping tired life to grow,
proliferate new seed.

Sometimes I feel like a fiddlehead
stretching out from spring 'til summers' end.

Let's grow together.