If it's broke... don't fix it! This is Josh TK's "So Long Sucker" 7" presented in a rather unusual setting. This was our first release on Lookout in 1989 after Rough Trade US folded: "So Long Sucker" / "Zero" (Lookout #23). The weird, underwhelming cover artwork is the result of a printing mishap. The original design, done by one of Aaron's friends if I recall correctly, was a kind of stylized black and white posterized image inspired by Telly Savalas. That concept was solely based on the word "sucker" in the title I suppose, because the Kojack character's signature eccentricity was his cigarette-proxy lollipops. It was a long time ago and I only saw it once, but I remember it being pretty cool. Obviously, the translation from black and white to red and yellow didn't work out so well in the finished product. And like so many such mishaps in the sub-professional quasi-pretend record business in which we dwelt (and still dwell, mostly, despite some exceptions) when it went awry, well, you just went with it. If it's broke, don't fix it. That's your mantra. As a completist and archivist, I quite like the idea of re-issuing this with the correct cover, sort of setting the record straight. But it's a very low priority, as both songs are on the Making Things with Light album, making the 7" redundant. Probably won't happen, which is no great tragedy. The stakes are low. Anyway, despite the baffling packaging, the single was fairly well received. It was, believe it or not, a significant step up in recording and performance ambition for us (such was a long, very slow, immediately imperceptible, learning curve.) They were two of six self-funded songs we recorded as a demo to try to interest labels, none of which were interested besides Lookout. I remember some indie label's response to the inquiry: oh God, are they still punk? "Punk" was out. "Thrash funk" was in. Well, our side won, in the end. Sort of. One further note: the song, as originally writt...

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