THE MANY MUSICAL NOSES OF JOHNNY WEST (1999)
Subtitled “an introduction” to my music, this was rediscovered (the original case, anyway) after I’d forgotten for years that existed. Compiled on September 10, 1999, it was an attempt to cobble together some of my more accessible moments for my grandfather. It’s an interesting mix…half the songs come from the just-completed LIVE AT THE NAKED GIRAFFE THEATER, there are a few tracks from DON’T TALK LIKE A BABY, one Papa Ghostface track, two Starving Artists tracks, and one of the old out-takes I wish I had the most shows up here (Amen). Unfortunately the disc itself is nowhere to be found. “Thirteen Lesbian Giraffes” is re-titled Montenegro here so as to avoid wiener solstice.
JOHNNY WEST & FRIENDS (1999)
This is home to some interesting rarities that can’t be found anywhere else, most notably the YOU’RE A NATION out-take 19 to Go (which was way too normal and mediocre to end up on the album, even though it’s still pretty silly) and my own faux-religious Amen, complete with some catchy faux-trumpet vocal scatting and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in French. There’s also another amusing Naked Larry interview (with the spotlight on YOU’RE A NATION and Papa Ghostface this time), the completely insane Oinky (with me doing some flanger-enhanced singing that sounds like a pig squealing while high on acid), and my overhaul of Jesse’s Wade thrown in for good measure.
Sadly, I let Jesse borrow this CD way back in the summer of 2002 and have yet to see its return. In other words, it’s gone forever. There is no dog.
FUZZY SHRAPNEL VOLUME 1 (2000)
Basically a remastering of about two-thirds of DON’T TALK LIKE A BABY (not all of the songs were in any backed-up format that allowed me to remaster them). There’s also a nice remix of the Starving Artists track Time Ticking Away, a “beefy mix” of Horsemouth (part 1) with a real bass and some unhinged sped-up guitar from me, and Trading Places, an out-take from the DON ‘T TALK LIKE A BABY sessions that probably should have ended up on the album proper. I threw it right at the beginning of the MISFITS (1999-2007) collection, because I thought it deserved to be in a place where a few people might actually hear it.
This CD doesn’t really serve much of a purpose now that the remastered tracks are living with the rest on the original album. The idea was for there to be subsequent volumes as I remixed other albums I’d been crafty enough to back up, but I never got around to doing that.
SALE OF A DEAD MAN [single] (2000)
I took advantage of another English class assignment’s open-ended nature and wrote a song that was supposed to come from Willy Loman’s point of view (we were reading Death of a Salesman at the time). It was kind of a waste of a CD, and I didn’t throw it in with the other CHILDREN HAVE NO EYES tracks because it didn’t seem to fit. But at least the silly harmonies made the rest of the class laugh a few times. This one made its way onto the MISFITS (1999-2007) compilation, complete with a much more in-depth back story (because it’s a pretty long and somewhat entertaining tale).
LAMEST SHIT (2001)
An apt title. Little more than a haphazard collection of some of my more accessible moments that I put together for some guy who supposedly had connections in the music world. I don’t think he ever even listened to the CD, let alone shared it with anyone else. At least there’s an amusing drawing of me inside the CD case, with a shaved head and stubble, and I somehow managed to misspell Tyson’s last name.
SELECTED ACOUSTIC TRACKS (2002)
This is a compilation of most of the acoustic songs from my first three post-band solo CDs. I gave this to a few places like Milk, Lift (before it became Phog), and the Windsor Press Club, back when I was looking to play live. No one had any interest. That was nothing compared to the violent indifference I was met with in the wake of OH YOU THIS when I really had a hunger to play live. But that’s a story for another time.
There’s also the standalone version of WATER ONLY HATES ITSELF SILLY and some other random stuff that belongs on the list of “unofficial releases”, but most of it isn’t really worth mentioning.