So, my band's fourth full-length album, Milk Milk Lemonade, was released 27 years (that is, half my life) ago. You'd think I'd have got used to these sorts of milestones by now, but they're always weird to contemplate. Some "minor secrets" are, perhaps, in order. Ahem... I've been listening to this record in various states quite a lot recently in the process of selecting songs for the Mtx forever compilation, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of alternate versions, and trying to plan what should be done to make whatever might be selected most "presentable." This album is quite a strange beast. It was ridiculously ambitious for it's tiny budget and all the complexity and strange production ideas and experimentation left lots of loose ends dangling and a whole lot of room for a great many things to go awry. Moreover, I was still very much feeling my way blindly in the general direction of songwriting. There are flashes of, well, if not Songwriting Greatness, I suppose you'd say: songwriting competence, and there's certainly a whole lot uniqueness, for what that's worth. But as with the sonic adventurism, much of which also managed against all odds to "come off," these flashes were kindled and fired off amidst a good deal of awkwardness. For many years the things that went awry and the awkwardness were all was able to hear, and I shied away from it, mostly. Now I see it a bit differently, as a product of all its factors, from the unintentionally sublime to the mis-intentionally ridiculous, and as an artifact of a minor, rather unusual arm of punk rock history that still somehow remains impactful decades later. (Which you really can't say about all that many little records like this.) People still listen to it. For fun. Which is something I'd never have predicted. (My delusions of grandeur during recording were tremendous indeed, but they didn't stretch to imagining anyone would be paying any attention to it thirty years thence: I couldn't even im...

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Happy 27th birthday to Milk Milk Lemonade! What’s your favorite song on it? Or, at least, it’s sort of, maybe(?) its birthday today. Even though all sources seem to agree with 1992, there were some discrepancies on the actual release date. One site said May 22nd, and I thought May 22nd seemed like a good date, so we’re going to go with May 22 as the unofficial official birthday of this wonderful album if that’s alright with you. (But if anyone has any documentation of the actual release date, please let me know so I can correct it for next year! I pretty much can’t find any release dates for anything before Love is Dead, so I’ll be making up dates for those albums until I get more info.) This is my favorite of the earlier MTX albums. It’s got some real rockers. And I think it’s perfectly balanced — it’s still got the heavier songs of MTX past while introducing the poppier elements of MTX future. I heard someone describe it as the designated album he and his friends would listen to when they couldn’t decide/agree on what else to listen to. I think that sums it up perfectly. You can’t go wrong with Milk Milk Lemonade. So, let’s celebrate. Go put on this record, sit back, relax, and sip on a delicious blue cream soda while you listen. I hope it brings you a smile because that’s what makes it all worthwhile. There’s something more important somewhere, but MTX sure is up there. #mtxforever #music #records #vinyl #mrtexperience @frankportman

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Happy 27th birthday to Milk Milk Lemonade! What’s your favorite song on it? Or, at least, it’s sort of, maybe(?) its birthday today. Even though all sources seem to agree with 1992, there were some discrepancies on the actual release date. One site said May 22nd, and I thought May 22nd seemed like a good date, so we’re going to go with May 22 as the unofficial official birthday of this wonderful album if that’s alright with you. (But if anyone has any documentation of the actual release date, please let me know so I can correct it for next year! I pretty much can’t find any release dates for anything before Love is Dead, so I’ll be making up dates for those albums until I get more info.) This is my favorite of the earlier MTX albums. It’s got some real rockers. And I think it’s perfectly balanced — it’s still got the heavier songs of MTX past while introducing the poppier elements of MTX future. I heard someone describe it as the designated album he and his friends would listen to when they couldn’t decide/agree on what else to listen to. I think that sums it up perfectly. You can’t go wrong with Milk Milk Lemonade. So, let’s celebrate. Go put on this record, sit back, relax, and sip on a delicious blue cream soda while you listen. I hope it brings you a smile because that’s what makes it all worthwhile. There’s something more important somewhere, but MTX sure is up there. #mtxforever #music #records #vinyl #mrtexperience @frankportman

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