Y2KONDOMS R BETTER THAN 1 (2000)
an early version of what eventually became SHOEBOX PARADISE, with inferior early mixes and a completely different sequence. there were a few single-disc versions as i tried to figure out what the album wanted to be.
PARTNERS IN CRIME (2000)
a “single” recorded after the SHOEBOX PARADISE sessions had ended, but before PAPER CHEST HAIR was underway. i wasn’t sure what to do with this song. it eventually ended up on the proper 2-cd version of SHOEBOX.
OUT-TAKES & NEW TRACKS (2000)
a few rough mixes of tracks that had just been recorded (“sinkless man”, “when it rains”), and a few out-takes from the SHOEBOX PARADISE sessions. to sing features some nice fuzz bass from gord and an evil piano riff from me, but i couldn’t think of any words to sing (aside from “there’s a headless chicken dancin’ for ye”), and gord’s ex-girlfriend amanda being in the room with her dog didn’t make it any easier…so i sang about the fact that i had no idea what to sing. needless to say, it didn’t end up on the album, though an approximation of the piano riff was revived two years later for the mr. sinister song “incognito in austin”. seventeen candles is more of a proper song but was basically just an excuse for me to warm up my vocal cords prior to screaming like a maniac on “wave in the sky”. it should end up on some sort of out-takes collection eventually. there’s also the first take of partners in crime, which is kind of interesting because you can hear how certain elements were refined for the second take.
SINKLESS MAN PROMO SINGLE (2000)
a joke that i pretended would be sent to radio stations. mostly just an excuse to hear a few new tracks i was excited to hear on cd before their respective albums had been finished. SILVER & SHIT is another collection that does the same sort of thing.
ALL THIS STUFF [& MORE STUFF] (2004)
this was my failed attempt at putting together some sort of papa ghostface best-of. turns out our music is difficult to squeeze into that sort of format…three or four cds in, i threw in the towel, realizing i was heading for the PAPA GHOSTBOX all over again. i’ve never been a real fan of compilations of previously released material anyway…they’ve always seemed kind of redundant to me. i prefer to dig into a real album.