Songs About Stupid People

by Jeremy Gloff

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about

In May '96 a group of us decided that we were going to move to Atlanta, Georgia. I gave away most of my stuff and spent that summer back in Fredonia living in my friend's closet.

The summer of '96 proved to be a test of sanity and strength. Like many twenty year olds I thought I'd find answers and solutions in a bigger city. I left Buffalo isolated and disappointed. I totaled my car. The three guys moving to Atlanta with me were also intense people dealing with heavy issues of their own. I was witness to broken glass and blood. The four of pooled our money and bought a retro '70s van. We left for Atlanta in early October '96. None of us had been to Atlanta--this was a re-location fueled by hope, desperation, and naivety.

Upon arriving in Georgia our van died and we were left without transportation. We settled in a smelly little house overrun with ants and roaches to the tune of about one gunshot a day. The gunshots didn't terrify me as much as the isolation did. This was the ultimate ego-check for the small town local celebrity.

I struggled with finding my niche in Atlanta so I spent hours holed away in my room writing and recording. Because I was living with experimental musicians I was inspired to push my music in a more abstract direction. I remember lonely nights lying in dead quiet hoping the roof would cave in and kill me.

I was listening to a lot of Kate Bush and Nina Hagen and found myself inspired by the way these woman explored the capabilities of their voices. Some of these songs are assessable pop songs, some are abstract industrial/gothic-ish mood pieces. and some are acoustic piano/guitar ballads. SONGS ABOUT STUPID PEOPLE is certainly unstable and uneven--much like I was at the time.

credits

released January 1, 1997

Written, produced, arranged, and performed by Jeremy Gloff (except "That's It" was
written and sung with Anne Fearman)
Record by Jeremy at the Magic Wand
Mixed by Josh at The Rot December 1996 Atlanta
"The Sorcerer" recorded by Aaron in Fredonia during the summer of 1996
Samples on "The Sorcerer" by Aaron
"Cellophane" sample performed by Anne Fearman
"Forgive Me Jeremy" sample performed by Sadie Jay
"Voodoo Doll" poem composed by Rick Albaugh
The song "Penance" was based on a part written and performed by Sadie Jay
Backup singing: Phantoms and Magicians
All songs copyright 1996 Riotboy Music ASCAP
except "From Your Balcony" copyright 1993
Photography - Jami Greco
Cover Layout - Jon Booth
Riotboy Logo - Aaron Kreydt
Dedicated by Jami Greco because if I don't I'll never hear the end of it
Reissue dedicated to James Ratliff
CD Remastered by Mark Nikolich at Atomic Audio Recording

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Jeremy Gloff Tampa, Florida

Jeremy Gloff is an independent musician and writer residing in Tampa, Florida. Since his first album in 1993 Gloff has released a respectable 17 solo albums on his own Riotboy Records label. In 2013 released his 18th solo album INSIDE OF BLUE BUILDINGS - celebrating twenty years of making music. ... more

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