A bit of a disclaimer.

Now that most of the albums have a song or two on their respective pages, I should probably issue a warning.

There are some things there that may offend some people. I’ve avoided posting MP3s of some of the more visceral material on some of the albums (I’m not sure why exactly. Maybe I just don’t think most people would be interested in listening to me vomiting my guts up and calling it a song — but if you are, I’d be happy to send you some of those CDs!). Even after that, I found myself censoring some things because I didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable while listening.

In some places this sort of backfired. For instance, Gord and I always felt “C’mon” was one of our all-time best Papa Ghostface songs, but some of the lyrics I improvised may come off as being misogynistic or otherwise disrespectful. So I initially threw a different song up in its place before thinking better of it.

It’s the same case with a lot of the GWD material and some of my early solo stuff. There’s lots of profanity and sex talk on those albums. I was an angry young guy, into role-playing and being lyrically inappropriate whenever the spirit moved me, which happened to be often.

I still enjoy dropping nasty words into songs once in a while, mostly because in real life I’m a fairly foul-mouthed person. I read a quote from Prince once that I related to. He talked about how his father didn’t like one of his early albums because of the language. “Why does there have to be all that swearing?” he asked his son. Prince’s answer: “I swear.”

We be what we is.

I’m not a misogynist, nor have I ever been, I swear. I just seemed to gravitate toward weird sexual subject matter in my teenage years. In some cases I would be posting lesser songs if I tried to sidestep anything potentially offensive. And with something like SCOTCH TAPE SEX POT, I don’t think there’s a single song on the album that isn’t profane or out-there in some way.

So I’ll just say this: if you’re easily offended, you should stay away from the songs on the pages for albums like MERRY FUCKIN’ CHRISTMAS, SCOTCH TAPE SEX POT, and A ROOMFUL OF SEXINESS.

There. I feel better now.


  1. I guess it’s probably different for everyone. For me, part of it is that people don’t normally hear the things I did back when I had a band and other older CDs, because I don’t give them those things, since they’re not relevant to what I’m doing now. And when I listen back to that stuff, some of it is pretty…harsh. I haven’t posted any of the worst of it here, but sometimes I got pretty nasty when I was using the music to blow unpleasant feelings out of my system. I just didn’t want anyone getting the wrong idea. But it’s funny, because most of the time I don’t give any amount of thought to what anyone else might think of what I do. Maybe it’s a blog-specific thing.

    Some of the old stuff is really raw, but it always surprised me how much people liked it anyway, even if some of the screams threatened to destroy the headphones they were listening on. I remember after one particularly unhinged performance at a high school talent show (it was captured on video, and I’m trying to get ahold of the tape because it would be pretty crazy to see now) my math teacher pulled me aside in the hallway when I was on my way to class and said, “I really enjoyed your performance. I think there’s a real audience for it…it’s sort of avant-garde.” He was the last person I ever expected to be into what I was doing at the time, but he was visibly excited.

    People never cease to surprise me. And sometimes they’re even good surprises!

    I think we just gotta try to shush those little things that try to act as editorial forces and let the art comes out the way it wants to. These days I don’t even try to edit myself, because I’ve come to realize the songs know what they want to be much better than I do most of the time.

  2. i dunno, johnny, i think many artists feel like you do. i always feel like sister anne murphy (my gr.5 teacher) , my mom, my grandmother, the pope, and the baby jesus are all looking over my shoulder as i’m drawing…what to do?

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