Cold Facts (1983)
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|1.||John Wayne (2:23)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|2.||Way It Is (2:17)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|3.||Master of Time and Space (3:49)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|5.||Reflecting Mask (2:24)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|9.||You Need A Villain (solo version) (3:34)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|10.||John Wayne [live, 4/27/87] (2:19)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|11.||Comin' Back Home (4:38)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|12.||Way It Is [solo demo] (0:00)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|14.||Dusk [instrumental] (2:48)||MP3|
|15.||Hurry Up, Liza [live, 5/28/1983] (3:00)
(based on "Lil' Liza Jane")
Total time: 46:44
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|1.||John Wayne||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine
This song was my reaction to John Wayne's book America: Why I Love Her.
|2.||Way It Is||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine
In Betty Friedan's famous famous book The Feminine Mystique, she talked about "functionalism," the belief that - as I say in chorus of my song - the way it is is how it's meant to be. This philosophy has long been used by social conservatives to keep women in their place, and now it's a common argument against gay marriage.
|3.||Master of Time and Space||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine|
|4.||Husbands||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine|
|5.||Reflecting Mask||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine|
|6.||Sanity||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine|
|7.||Angeline||EARL: vocal, guitar, bass, drum machine
"Angeline" had nothing to do with L.A. billboard queen Angelyne, who I'd never heard of until I moved to California seven years later. The original inspiration was Groucho Marx's girlfriend Erin Fleming, who I felt was being unfairly deprived of the money that Groucho left her in his will.
|8.||Mansworld||EARL: vocal, guitar, keyboard bass, drum machine|
|9.||You Need A Villain||EARL: vocal, guitar
There was a bar in downtown Baton Rouge called The Industry, where they used to have punk and New Wave bands. I even played there myself a few times. And outside on the sidewalk, there would be these religious nuts waving Bibles at the clientel and warning of eternal damnation. I believe the ringleader was Rev. David Diamond, trying to make a name for himself. (Based on the few results that a Web search turns up, he never succeeded.) Leaders using "enemies" - real or imagined - to advance their own agendas is something that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn talked about in his books. A more fully produced recording of this song can be found on Holiday On Mars (1987).
|10.||John Wayne [live]||Electric Earl & the Electrons at The Bayou in Baton Rouge, featuring:
EARL: vocal, guitar
"JOHNNY" WELLS: lead guitar
HERSCHEL ALLOR: bass
JAMES FOGLE: drums
Band member Meredith Chinn did not play on this song. This is a mono recording from the P.A. mix by Pete Bryan.
|11.||Comin' Back Home||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|12.||Way It Is [solo demo]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|13.||Millions||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|15.||Hurry Up, Liza||EARL: vocal, guitar
This performance was recorded at FestForAll in downtown Baton Rouge.
Engineered and mixed by Electric Earl.
Recording dates: November 10-11, 1983 (track #1-9), 4/27/1987 (track #10), 4/17/1983 (track #11-14), 5/28/1983 (track #15)
The original cassette version of this album had track #1-5 on side one, and #6-9 on side two.
In 1983 I started using the stage name Electric Earl for my live shows. However, I continued to use my full legal on recordings for several more years.
The working title for this album was Hold the Phone, after the catch-phrase made famous by "Amos 'n' Andy." But I dropped that idea because I couldn't find any interesting graphics for that theme. At the time I was reading a lot about Eskimos, and decided to use that visual concept instead, with the double-meaning Cold Facts as the title.
All words and music by Earl P. Reinhalter, except "Hurry Up, Liza" is based on "Lil' Liza Jane."
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