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Underdog (CBGB)


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michael2

 Genre: Indie Rock

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This is actually off a demo tape that we sent to CBGBs in maybe 1981. I was about 16 and the song was recorded live from the soundboard at the On Broadway in San Francisco. The band was called Sybil (and frighteningly, the record we did was just re-issued). Rhythm gtr: Fag (because everyone always called him that on the street he was AKA as Cookie Chunks. A little known fact was that he used to hang out with MJs own Buckhorn), Lead gtr: willie orwonee, Bass: Syd Tibble, Drums:Pat Pend, Vocals: Roxy Cougar Mellencamp

it's about the TV character Underdog, and it's really fast. I used Audacity to get this off the cassette I found it on. Upstrokes were forbidden in this band, only downstrokes allowed. if you couldn't handle it, you weren't welcome.
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Lyrics
(verse)
i wanna tell you all about my favorite TV guy
i bough myself a VCR so i can watch him everynight
i'm taping every single show
don't wanna miss a single one
i'm taping every single show
don't wanna miss a single one

(chorus)
U-N-D-E-R-D-O- G
I love you underdog
U-N-D-E-R-D-O- G
I love you underdog
Song Stats
Hits: 3415
Comments: 27
Fans: 22
Plays: 122
Downloads: 103
Votes: 4
Uploaded: May 05, 2008 - 06:12:50 PM
Last Updated: May 05, 2008 - 06:27:19 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 03:25:37 PM
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Hardware:
hiwatt amps, hamer guitars, les paul gold top,CB7 drums, fender jazz bass (all played by the guys in my teen aged band Sybil)
Software:
audacity
Comments
Ash Tree said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
awesome
this is 1981? You guys were ahead of your time. This sounds like the Descendents or All like 5 years later.
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michael2 said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
thanks for listening
they had better back ups and a proper demo though.
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Feter said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Underdog
this is authnetic totaly 80s sound ..great solid
band this Sybil .. something in the sound there
tells me this is 80's ..thnx alot my friend this
Rock Hard !!
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said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Underdog
Just One Word!

'AWESOME' !!!!

Peace Dee xx
rsorensen said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
hah
I actually DO love Underdog, so I love this too. really like the 'break it down' bridges. downstrokes only!
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said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
I could never have played in this band
I only do upstrokes

b
Vic Holman said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Roxy-the early glam days
It's pretty amazing how your vocals have changed over years.
It's cool you have been able to keep a copy after all the years.

Make sure you get your royalties from the re-issue or I can send that moose.
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chemystery said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Polly Purebread
Big smiles! This is a great upbeat tune. Nice!
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dajama said 3282 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Very cool
Great rocking tune. Nice vocals, and rip-roaring guitar! Thanks for sharing this with us. Peace.
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cjdaley said 3282 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
i knew
you could.
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echoroom said 3282 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Great
Best Bass Player Name Ever.

Did he know Hong Kong Phooey???

G - I love you wonder dog - brilliant!
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Peter Bauckham said 3282 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Great
track from the archives - shame about the drop out - I rather miss all those extraneous analogue noises and cassette wobbles though!

Thanks for digging this one out - I enjoyed it

Peter
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davisamerica said 3281 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
lol michael
real punk history .. who'd of thunk it ... thanks for the ride back to a time when safety pins were not for diapers only ... very cool sharing this michael!
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said 3281 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Archives..
ya gotta love em'!

The playing was extremely tight and songwriting ahead of it's time.

Impressive mix off the soundboard.

What a great find. Thanks for sharing!




BTW, YOU guys should of got the gig!


C.
Reinholt56 said 3281 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
This is so.....
This is so kewl Michael..........

It has all the ingredients...

The piece was definitely worth resurrecting from the tape.

Take care.

Paul
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Rebsie said 3281 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Wow
Yeah, love that chunky bass and intense guitar but it's the vocals that really stand out. First rate for this genre. It's quite melodic and yet retains that bang-yer-head-against-the-wall intensity. Love the guitar solo section too ... great stuff.
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vbluesky said 3281 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
wow
this still rocks,did you guys ever play at Al's bar or the Anti-club, anyway good sound and energy...BlueSky
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lavalamp said 3281 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Are you originally.....
from the bay area? If so, me too. I wonder if we may have crossed paths in the in late 80's-early 90's in SF or in the bay area.

Remembering the days because of this tune. COOL.

LL
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Axgrinder said 3280 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Haw!
Cool brother..... 81 maybe? That's pretty clean not to mention tight! The production is top notch for the time period and all! Thanks for the nostalgic treat....... Great listen, I dug it much.

Ax
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bud said 3279 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
I was working on a new song with Splinter
a fast punker - and we just weren't making the speed. I was playing all down strokes and the bass player said - at our age I think we need to throw in up strokes. lol. Fun tune here - great timing with the new ads for Speedracer.
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Nick_Flash said 3279 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
yeah
I love hearing the old stuff. It's interesting to hear where everyone started. I think I might post a few archives soon as well.

Thanks for posting.
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magnatone said 3278 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
Underdog
Oh man Michael, I LOVED Underdog. He was my hero. This is fabulous, total download, I'll be listening to this all summer!
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Alannah said 3278 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
I wa a "punk" once ....
... I won't say which year ... let's just suffice it to say that one of my British Pals took a trip back home and brought me back a pair of spandex pants WAY before they made them in this country .... and coupled with a pair of black and white (Fleetmaster) - I think they are called "converse" now .... runners .... purple spiky hair ... I was the ODDBALL of the BAR let me tell you ... but it wasn't long before everyone else was copying us girls ! and we bopped to stuff like this and dumped beer on each other's heads ... OH man how long ago was THAT !!! You just took me back to my youth ! Thank you !
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said 3275 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Hahahaha....
My hero!

Cool punk sound Michael! Kick ass soloing!

Be well!
said 3275 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
That's it!
If Tommy James of Tommy James and The Shondells sang punk, this is what he would have sounded like!
thoddi said 3275 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
uhaa
What a cool band. If you were only sixteen at the time this is outstanding. Pure energy!

Amazing!
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Heightened said 3265 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Down strokes only? Lol!
Ton of energy and I'm surprised it didn't make the charts. But I can't help wonder what upstrokes only would be like?
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