Embarrassment of Riches

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Ten Best 02:49
Ten best kisses nine good ones to go eight is delicious seven nice & slow Six with the top down on a rainy eve "If you like that one," she says "Wait 'til you see what's up my sleeve" Five makes me dizzy my head swims I'm a fish out of water flapping my fins A fourth & a third in quick succession leave me with a good impression Number two is so long I must come up for air but it tastes so good I don't care One last kiss from out of ten we look at each other & start all over again
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"Nobody owns me" that's the best that she could do for a philosophy & umpteen years of private school I loved her anyway & built a roof to save her head from every little phrase that disagreed with what she said & with that on our backs how were we to react? I reached into my pocket for coins that were not there knowing she'd be upset where once she didn't care Outside the hotel she took her final leave with a dry-eyed farewell & not a tug on my sleeve She keeps a piece of me to this day, I'm unwhole & she may not agree yet I loved her then with all my soul In deeper debt what we owe isn't worth one red cent of happiness for hurt
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Perversity 06:17
I looked at the sun today couldn't tear my eyes away Remembered what my father said it'll burn a hole clean through your head Why is it that we fear what it is that brings us near? Perversity, perversity gets the best (rest) of me Took the hand of my true love told them their love wasn't enough Fell down & cried on the floor now I can't cry anymore Burned every bridge I've crossed now it's just too easy to get lost It's good to have something you can find but I found out too late to mind
4.
It's the least I could do admitting to you the decks were all stacked we hadn't a snowball's chance in hell the ice wouldn't crack Doomed to defeat we shuffled our feet banging our heads against the wall you said that fate was like something bad you ate & puked up like a furball Talking with you was the least I could do to get these things off of my chest taking your hand instead of making demands like a bird makes its nest Braving a smile you took a file & baked it into a cake saying to me "This is not to eat but to save for your escape" The most I'd ever done this side of turning to run was turning to look you in the eye planting both my feet I kissed you on the cheek & swore we'd never say goodbye When you left, you walked & it wasn't anybody's fault though blame I'm addicted to like a junkie craves a fix I crave blame for unhappiness it's the least I could do
5.
Ten best kisses nine good ones to go eight is delicious seven nice & slow Six with the top down on a rainy eve "If you like that one," she says "Wait 'til you see what's up my sleeve" Five makes me dizzy my head swims I'm a fish out of water flapping my fins A fourth & a third in quick succession leave me with a good impression Number two is so long I must come up for air but it tastes so good I don't care One last kiss from out of ten we look at each other & start all over again

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Malcontent (1994-1995) was a short-lived indie pop quartet from San Francisco. The band formed after leader, Larry O. Dean's previous band, The Fussbudgets splintered with the departure of co-songwriter, Chris Lehmann. Drummer James Coil had played with The Fussbudgets in their last phase (live and on the sad fearful playful excited EP), as had bassist, Ned Doherty; Doherty was a constant presence in all of Dean's SF recordings, including those found on his solo debut, Throw the Lions to the Christians. Guitarist Tony Maxwell was a friend of Larry's from high school in Flint, Michigan, who had relocated to the Bay Area to attend graduate school at UC Berkeley. Maxwell brought a tighter pop feel to his guitar parts (in opposition to The Fussbudgets' more shambolic work ethic), as well as a tendency toward bluesiness in his leads, most noticeably on “Perversity.”

The band gigged infrequently in the Bay Area, recording a four-song EP dubbed Embarrassment of Riches with producer and all-around nice guy Greg Freeman at his illustrious (and well named) Lowdown Studios. (Freeman had also worked on some Fussbudgets tracks.) The four principals were augmented by Christine Wall (Chris Isaak, The Movie Stars, El Sob) on vocals, and Sheila Schat (Dandeline, Tiny, Liar) on violin and viola. Embarrassment of Riches was briefly released on cassette in 1995, but its four tracks were later appended on Dean's solo debut, delayed but ultimately released in 1997, after he had moved to Chicago and started the band, Post Office.

Recorded 1995 with Greg Freeman at Lowdown, San Francisco, CA. Remastered July 2011 with Wally Sound, Oakland, CA.

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released March 20, 2012

James Coil: drums
Larry O. Dean: guitar, piano, vocals
Ned Doherty: bass, vocals
Tony Maxwell: 'lead' guitar, vocals
Sheila Schat: cello, violin, viola
Christine Wall: backing vocals

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Malcontent (1994-1995) was a short-lived indie pop quartet from San Francisco. The band formed after leader, Larry O. Dean's previous band, The Fussbudgets splintered. The band gigged infrequently in the Bay Area, recording a four-song EP, Embarrassment of Riches with producer Greg Freeman at Lowdown Studios. It was briefly released on cassette in 1995. ... more

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