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Reel to Real. – (August 31st 1981)
So now that they are on Cheeseburger records they need to actually make a professional quality record. But this isn’t like before. They have to go at someone else’s pace. Their producer/engineer Yui Sagami, who has been producing punk and new wave for a while now, but The Bad Plants are particularly inept at recording, so it gets on her nerves very quickly. And this is the painful side.

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-[Sunrise sound studio, Los Angeles]-

Pour your life on plastic tape, Pour and pour till there’s nothing more
And if you’ve ever poured enough, Well you never really can be sure
Fighting the monster, That lives on that blank tape
Why’s there always something to change.
“Alright, try again”

Squeeze the songs, from your throat. do it perfect, note for note.
hands burn, fingers bleed. can you do it? Play at speed?
“Okay, give it another shot”

Keep on pushing font fall behind, miss that note every time.
when your whole life’s making records, whats there even left to record
pour and pour till your nothing more… Till you’re a bore
“One More Time”
“I guess that’ll have to do”

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from Punk Rock Opera, Vol. I (Album), released April 22, 2016
Featuring the voice of Katie Kaudse

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