The songs from A Case of Mistaken Serenity
are now available as digital downloads at the
iTunes Music Store and
zoom on over there if you would like to sample a track or two. To get the two
opposite ends of our spectrum, try
The Truth, Last Tuesday and Alone.
Here some MP3 excerpts of the first and last songs
on the album:
Change Your Mind, one of our
early songs, was not included on the CD. But you can
still hear it here as an MP3.
Guest Musician: Greg Bloom on "Harmonica"
Words: Bryce Morris, Music: John
Here are some older songs
from the Reign of Frogs archive, not included on any album:
NEW!! (6/20/2004) The Shoe
This is from around the same era as Earth-Pamela, and has Bryce on lead vocals. Memory is hazy, but Rog
probably did most everything else, including drum machine programming. John may have contributed some keyboards.
Words and music were written by Rog and are firmly in the "let's see if I can write an entire song built around
a clichéd phrase" frame of mind.
Another really old one - a short, sparse instrumental that John and Greg did. Warning: it has a punchline.
Waiting For The Ecstacy
This is the from the very beginning days of the band, when any
and all recording was done on a four track only. It's All Greg on this one: music, vocals, the works.
Though Rog wrote the lyrics.
This is from around 1988-89, when the band consisted of Rog (guitar), John (keyboards),
Bryce Morris (vocals), Phil Tubb (drums) and Alan Stewart (bass). This is the studio
version of a whimsical little song we didn't do live very much.
Music and lyrics by Rog.
If there's any non-mechanical percussion on this track, it was probably played by Phil.
Also, Rog most likely played the bass as well as the guitars, though Alan did contribute some
backing vocals. This is maybe the only song ever written that rhymes "Demoral" with
"ephemeral". It also contains the immortal line "We moved all the samurai to an island in the sea".
Change Your Mind (Original Version)
This is the original version of Change Your Mind. The music is the same,
but the vocals are sung by Bryce Morris, who wrote the lyrics. Compare and contrast
with Greg's version above!
Distractions (A Cappella)
The infamous vocals-only version of
Distractions which showcases Greg's odd/even vocals. The even words
were sung during one recording session and the odd ones during
Reflections (Dance Mix)
This is a longer version of Absent Reflections, the
original version of which is on the Serenity CD. John is responsible for all the new
stuff at the beginning.
Is So Annoying
The first John/Roger/Bryce period song. Has a more
insistent guitar than most of our songs. Big analog
synth solo too! And, hmmm, is the title an anagram? What
could that mean?
Vocals: Bryce Morris, Guitars: Rog, Synths/Drum
Intro: Game Boy Golf
Words: Bryce Morris, Music: John
I wish you were here but I'm glad that you're going
Another song from the John/Roger/Bryce period. This
originally had a very different melody (by John) and
lyrics (by Roger), but Bryce ended up doing his own, more
conventional melody and words. He was the one who had to
sing it, after all. We were trying for a very specific
rhythm guitar sound on this track, and I think we
succeeded nicely. Bryce did the vocals, Rog did the
guitars, and John did pretty much everything else.
Words: Bryce Morris, Music: John/Bryce
Concerns (first version)
As promised, here's the original version of Grave
Concerns, complete with John's lead vocals. This is
another song from the time period before Greg rejoined.
John and Roger were pretty much the only band
members at this point. This version is very different,
musically and lyrically, from the Greg-sung version on
the Serenity CD. The ending part of this is what
became Grave Concerns [reprise] on the CD.
Words: Rog, Music: John
This is from back in the days before Greg
rejoined the band. Bryce does the lead vocals, Rog
does the guitars and a little drum programming stuff, and
John did the rest. This is the first time we did a
swelling, over-the-top musical ending, but it wouldn't be
the last. Dig that dated Twin Peaks guitar.
Words: Rog, Music: John/Bryce Morris/Rog
Wave At The Camera
By some reckonings, this was the first song that Greg
sang lead vocals on. It was not included on the CD
because it's a bit too...er...bouncy, and doesn't really
fit in with the rest of the songs on the album. However,
in some ways this song is more topical now than ever
Guest Musicians: Glen Smith played the bass guitar, Bryce Morris
did some background vocals, and Greg Bloom did the
Words: Rog, Music: John/Rog/Greg Bloom.
John did up some MIDI versions of a
couple of our instrumental numbers. Note that these are
not nearly as good as the real versions that appear on
the Serenity CD, but it should give you some
idea of what they sound like. You can play these only if
you have a MIDI plug-in: