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Here's the Mike Lyon Review:
In the grand old Mike Lyon tradition, here is my review of this truly
astounding little gem-
Kitty at My Foot - Other than the title, the same as the version on the
Columbia release, NOT the Popllama version ("fuck" is not beeped out).
I think Dave's vocal track was eventually redone for the Columbia
release, however. But if you own the self titled album, you've heard
this. (Don't worry, it gets better ^_^)
Boll Weevil - The version from the Popllama release; the only way you
can tell is the lower fidelity. Though some might be disappointed that
Froggystyle starts with 2 songs that are not significantly different
from the versions they already know and love, I think it's interesting
that these songs were already recorded before the Popllama release!
These two songs are the genesis of the core of the Presidents' songlist!
Little Indian Princess - HERE we go. Holy shit. The LIP riff is much
more rubbery, and Dave growls "Ha!" under the opening riff. Much more
raw than the version on "II". There's a tiny guitar solo after the
first chorus. Altered lyrics in the second verse:
"Took her off the reservation,
Took her off the farm.
Selling e-coli burgers etc..."
Probably changed to "vegetation" and "by the arm" in the interest of
political correctness. "By the arm" is used to replace "farm" in the
3rd verse. Chris' voice is higher and more powerful than on the "II"
version. Much screaming and "woo-hooing" during the outro!
Tremolo Blues - Astounding. It's so hard to believe that such complete
and yet different versions of these songs existed literally years before
their official releases! A growly, whispery Chris leads into a
THOROUGHLY creepy "yooooou" that is more of a moaning sound, with
*hordes* of reverb put in for good measure. Then it really starts
jumping! Lots of hand-clapping in the back. Same creepy reverb for
Chicky on "chooooose", and Froggy on "doooooo". The boys harmonize (and
anti-harmonize) at the end and that's that!
Body - Starts the same as the version we know from the self-titled, but
What is this? Dave is singing with Chris! For the most part, though,
this is exactly the version that ended up on first album. It changes
the feel of the song significantly, though, to hear Dave singing as
Lunatic to Love - Now here we have a *radically* different version than
the version on II! It is very sparse and loose, and Chris sings the
pre-chorus through reverb in a very languid voice. This version also
includes the infamous original chorus, "Let me wipe the shit off your
butt, KURT COBAIN!", which was changed for obvious reasons after Kurt
ate a gun. Chris' singing is much more staccato, and the playing is
very mellow. Certain minor lyrics are changed all over the place. At
the end, when they sing "Lunatic to love" over and over, it raises into
a great din and comes crashing down! Excellent!
Puffy Little Shoes - The guitars sound the same, but here you can really
tell that Chris was just plain *younger* when they recorded this album.
Dave sings with Chris every once in a while, and the high-low contrast
is very pleasant. The structure of this song is all different from the
version on II, and there is even a guitar solo that is fairly extensive
as part of a breakdown that happens about halfway through the song!
This is a really great version of this song, in my opinion. Ends with
Chris vocal freestyling in a nasal voice.
Candy Cigarette - If you thought this song couldn't get any more raw
than the version we know, you were wrong! Scratchy, hardrocking, this
is great! Chris swears like the proverbial motherfucker: "steel"
becomes "shit", as well as the destined-to-become-classic line "Fuck and
fart, I'm a fuckin' lover". "Pass the fire and light me sweetie" is
replaced by repeating "hand on her head and one on my weenie" from the
first verse. Great fun!
Naked and Famous - *Half* the version we know and love (well, if you
have the Popllama self-titled), half new, all sans Kim Thayil. Dave
does NOT sing backup as he does on the Columbia release, but you can
tell that Chris is using the same vocal track. But at the part where
they start rocking hard, the guitars change from the album version, and
when Chris and Dave start singing, you can tell it's a different take on
the recording, plus there's no Kim Thayil solo! It's really heavy with
that big, crunchy hook that we all dig! And the OUTRO! It lasts
forever! If you ever saw the Presidents live, they would always play
N&F before Lump, and stretch out the ending on and on and flow the two
together; if you ever saw that, you know what this outro is like! Chris
howls and grumbles, and talks in a squeaky little voice, saying "what
time is it?", while Dave mumbles "Chewy, is that you?". But crazily
enough, the very ending is the same as the album version! They must
have spliced out all the craziness and tacked on the ending after they
re-recorded the bridge with Kim Thayil! Hot shit!
Man - Way, WAY, *WAY* different from the version we know! A whole
different riff comes in to support the one we know, a riff that is
actually really great! I'm sorry it was lost to the sands of time. The
chorus is the same. This version has a vastly different structure from
the one we know. It starts out the same as the copy we're all familiar
with, but after 2 verses, the breakdown is really, really different!
It's really cool! It meanders on and eventually flows into the bridge
we know! Then, it kind of starts over, and that different riff is
reintroduced! I can't really explain it, but then from there it flows
into the "big rigs" part. This version also includes the same lyrics
used at early PUSA shows, ie: "You're going to have to fucking KILL
me!" The boys howl at the end without any rhyme or reason, and BAM, the
curtain comes down.
A truly phenomenal Presidents rarity! Completely different versions of
many of our favorite PUSA songs, and they are studio recorded, to boot!
The tape itself is a clear white plastic with a black bar inside by the
tape reels; each side has a sticker covering the majority of the tape
that has the PUSA name on it and the side number; the front side also
has Dave's phone number and the copyright. The cover to the tape is
(surprise!) yellow, just like all Chris' old side projects, and has the
band's name down the whole front. In the middle, the name is broken by
a bar that looks like a piece of money. Inside, Chris has drawn a
little frowning froggy, and beneath him is inscribed "Froggystyle". The
sideleaf says "The Presidents of the USA". The back overleaf lists the
songs down the left and right sides. In the middle are listed the names
of the members (Chris, Dave, and Jason in that order), followed by
Dave's phone number, followed by the copyright. As for Dave's phone
number, don't get excited, he hasn't lived at that house for half a
decade. As for who lives there now, I get no answer when I call.