LK 254, The Miracle of Shame e.p. AD 2000. It's quite an odd release, I know, especially since till Yesterday Rules came out four years later there was nothing, leaving this as an awkward apparent "swan song." In fact, it hadn't been meant to stand alone like that for so long. It was intended to be a precursor to a followup album, and a sort of test as to how well it might work to take tracks I'd recorded at home and import them to a real studio and make them sound all big and proper. (Which pretty much did work at least to some extent, for what it's worth, which ain't much as I am well aware.) Now I think this is the norm, to an extent, this bouncing and sharing around tracks and patching them together, but then it was still pretty weird. And cumbersome. We had to sync up my ADAT machine to the reel tape deck when we did the drums at the real studio, e.g., and we didn't know what we were doing which didn't help. The planned album was to be a rather deliberately grandiose "art pop" album, probably too ambitious for a guy like me execute all the way, as usual. And I knew everyone was going to hate it. Somehow I took a sort of grim satisfaction in that prospect. In the event this e.p. didn't go over all that swimmingly, though I hear from people who say they like it now. At any rate, we did a tour of Europe with the Queers in late 2000, and then everything (band, self, label, world) disintegrated and all thoughts of recording an expensive, ironic magnum opus deliberately engineered to be unsuccessful went out the window, quite properly one might say. By the time we regrouped in 2003 with a new line-up, the next step seemed better cast as a rock and roll album, hence Yesterday Rules. As I said, we used a lot of the tracks I'd recorded on ADAT in my bedroom. We did the drums and bass and some guitars at Sharkbite on tape. For the vocals, as an experiment and to keep the costs down, we borrowed a fancy Neumann mic and did them in my kitchen, with Kevin Army sitting on the other side of the door in the bedroom. Much to the annoyance of the upstairs neighbors, whose knocking protests can actually be heard in the mix in at least a couple of places. "I'm sorry Dr. Frank, but I just can't hear that song again," was what she said during one frantic clomp down the stairs, and I could well understand. All in all, a pretty weird way to do things, but the album would have been interesting, if only to me. (Peace and Conflict Studios is the name we gave the apartment by the way. It cracked me up a bit to see on discogs just now.) There are a whole lot of alternate mixes on DAT, some sounding quite a bit better to me, at least on first listen. This was one of three items never released on vinyl so it's near the top of the list for re-issues if and when that plan gets off the ground. I've grown to look on them as good songs, cursed. I'm looking to choose at least one of these for the Mtx forever comp to include, as this is the sole recorded iteration of the Frank-Jim-Gabe line-up. In any case, never was it said truer: it is what it is. youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kZA6E82qSeWJNFlIRFIM2XL4uM-Pygez4 discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Mr-T-Experience-The-Miracle-Of-Shame/release/3632789 #music #tapes #product #memoir #minds

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