Lord Grunge

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


The next song that was written and released by The Frogs was the first song off of our 6 song EP Starjob. I speak of the song Lord Grunge. It was written on April 19, 1993. Here are the original drafts before the final recorded version.<br&>

Lyrics 1st Draft


Sweet greasy hair<br&> And sweet grimy clothes<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Firecrackers tied to our dicks<br&> Parents please call the police<br&> It was the Seattle sound that made me proud<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Smashing our instruments ala The Who<br&> Rebelling against our folks<br&> And that whole mindset<br&>

Lumberjack rockstar<br&> Jaggin' in the audience's mouth<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Lyrics 2nd Draft


Sweet greasy hair<br&> And sweet grimy clothes<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah ,yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Out on the West coast<br&> Black Sabbath, Black Flag meet The Beatles<br&> It was the Seattle sound that made me proud<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Smashing our instruments ala The Who<br&> Diggin' on Keith Moon<br&> And the voice of John Lennon<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Lumberjack rockstar<br&> Borrowing from (admiring) (stepping out of) John Fogerty's closet<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Here are the final lyrics we all know and love on the Strajob EP:<br&>

Lyrics


Sweet greasy hair<br&> And sweet grimy clothes<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no ,no<br&>

Out on the West coast<br&> Black Sabbath, Black Flag meet The Beatles<br&> It was the Seattle sound that made me proud<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah. yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Smashing our instruments ala The Who<br&> Diggin' on Keith Moon<br&> And the voice of John Lennon<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Lumberjack rockstar<br&> Jaggin' in the audiences mouth<br&> It was the year punk broke<br&> In the year of our lord grunge<br&>

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no<br&> No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no<br&>

Notes


The song Lord Grunge was written the day after seeing a Mudhoney show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The original second verse lyrics:<br&>

Firecrackers tied to our dicks<br&> Parents please call the police<br&>

was in response to the members of Mudhoney lighting off firecrackers after the show.<br&>

The song was recorded at Soundworks (first incarnation) in Chicago, Illinois in January of 1994. Four of the songs (Lord Grunge, Raped, Weird On The Avenue, I Only Play 4 Money) were recorded in 3 days for $1,500- I paid for it. Aren't record companies sweet and giving and loving? The other 2 songs (Starboy, Stargirl) were recorded at Billy Corgan's house on December 3, 1994. All six songs were then mixed in one session at Soundworks (new incarnation) in January of 1995.<br&>

Billy told us in 1993 he would produce us so we gave him over 300 songs of mine on tape to go through for song choices. While on tour we also played some songs on acoustic guitar to him in his hotel room in Pontiac, Michigan. These six songs then were the chosen ones. Billy liked the song Lord Grunge but thought it needed another section. I went home and wrote the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section and he was pleased. He was right. It made the song. B.C., or Bill Corgan as you know him, arranged the song from a chord structure standpoint brilliantly by suggesting that after the ("Smashing our instuments") section of the song that it should go right back to the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section. The song turned out to be a non-stop action filled hook-fest.<br&>

The Chord progression on the verses is: C Major / E minor / F Major. The year punk broke section chord progression is : F Major / G b Diminished / F Major / E Major / F Major / G b Diminished / G Major / A b Diminished / A minor / B b 6 / E major. F Diminished / A minor / B b 6 / E Major / F Diminished. The chord progression for the smashing our instuments section is E major / A minor. F minor / A b Major / D b Major / C Major.<br&>

The track Lord Grunge consists of myself on lead vocal and acoustic guitar and bass ( the original bass guitar take I did was wild and exciting to Dennis, Kerry Brown the engineer and my ears but when Billy returned and heard the take he thought it sounded like I was playing guitar instead of bass), Billy Corgan on electric guitar, Dennis on drums and gang backing vocals on the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section by myself, Dennis, and Billy.<br&>

I have seen it written in reviews as "Starjob" being a concept album about Kurdt Donald Cobain. The only reference to Kurdt on the entire EP is "The voice of John Lennon" line.<br&>