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Shoobies (t4s) w/symphony 101


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Bud:
It’s hard to tell now – but Shoobies was inspired by the work of Phil Spector. Growing up in Philadelphia in the sixties I heard a lot of the Ronettes, The Crystals, and of course The Righteous Brothers. Songs like Under the Boardwalk and Up on the Roof – both by The Drifters also defined summer for me – perhaps more than The Beach Boys, who seemed a world away.
So this song started with drums and sleigh bells (ankle bells that were tripled actually) handclaps and shaker. That’s as far as the Spector influence went. I added a bass and sent the mix to Yves who responded with a sweet rhythm guitar track. Some cutting and pasting created the lower register loop you hear and then I laid a higher guitar riff with it to create a repeating guitar bed. The vibraphone came next and then the vocals that come from the stories my parents and grandparents used to tell me about their day trips to the South Jersey Shore. How the term Shoobies stuck in my head all these years I’ll never know – but it came in handy when it was time to write this song. Yves added a harmony vocal to the Shoobies line. By now the song was reflecting the lazy thick heat and humidity we were experiencing this summer in NYC. Yves added some great synth pads and leads and two killer guitar leads while I laid in the little flute line which is actually a mellotron app played on my iPhone.
This all happened within about ten days after we were paired to work together so we decided to let it sit and move on to a second tune. We switched producer hats and vocals and got started on Lake Balaton - to be released by Yves.
Working with Yves has been a great experience for me. I couldn’t have found a nicer guy – with more patience, generosity and talent.

Yves: Synths, rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
Bud: Drums/Percussion, midi vibes, rhythm guitar, mellotron app, lead vocals

Special thanks to Joseph and Rik for their contributions to the t4s concept - and to the rest of you for participating or listening in.

Yves:
This was a first collab with Bud and I think we knew little about eachother before that. I found Bud's style was appealing and felt the collab would be fun.
... and it was. I'm still amazed by the speed the song came into shape.And building it up was an easy, intuitive process.

I hope you enjoy listening to this song, as much as I did working on it.
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Lyrics
City heat rippling off the sidewalks
The open hydrants still were not enough
Take the streetcar for a nickel - to the bus for a buck
Or a friend with a car - if you have any luck

Down to Ocean City on the South Jersey shore
The weekend day-trippers – the Philly working poor
And the factory girls from Camden ‘cross the river
The blue-collar exodus – with their shoe box lunches

They call them the Shoobies – with their shoebox lunches
They called them the Shoobies - with their shoebox lunches

The well-heeled locals and the swells with summer places
Stuck up their noses at the swarms from the city
But the boys were all lookers and the girls were so pretty
But the boys were all lookers and the girls were so pretty

Down in Ocean City – Down in Ocean City…
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Fans: 46
Plays: 1645
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Uploaded: Aug 20, 2010 - 10:20:29 PM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010 - 03:18:04 PM Last Played: Aug 02, 2017 - 02:53:59 PM
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alackbass said 2556 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
Shoobies (t4s) w/symphony 101
Great atmosphere! Wonderful arrangement. Very original and extremely cool.
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Thanks for the kind comments
and for taking part in the project. I'm really happy with the way things worked out.
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magnatone said 2556 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
Shoobies
oh MAN - this is incredible, and is a strong contender for the COOL award! you guys rock!
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Hey - if you can't be cool when you're 56
what's the point of it all? Thanks Karen - you're the best.
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
THIS is SUMMER
You guys spelled it out in full here--great work from you both. This has a delightful groove to it--keep on shoobying guys (and it just so happens back in my Jersey days I dated somebody who lived Ocean City--so for me, that was the perfect touch)! Michael

PS: Special thanks to Bud for organizing this very productive and fun group project!
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Yves contributions really added
to the atmosphere. He got the picture right away - even though he's never been to South Jersey.
Thanks for the thanks and thanks for joining in the fun.
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papag said 2556 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
way too kool
I love the groove, the percussion and the "holding back" feel of the vocals. Excellent collaboration. Thanks for the DL
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
I was trying to create the Spector wall of sound
starting with the percussion. I had "Then He Kissed Me" stuck in my head for at least two weeks. Ultimately I failed - but was able to fall back on what I know best - Lou Reed.
Thanks for stopping by.
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fasteddie said 2556 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
Wow
This is really cool. great collab!

I dig the vibe you guys got. So laid back and relaxed.

I really liked the vocals and backing vocals. That worked out really great.

Nice work all.
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Thanks for the comments
Yves was a blast to work with. This happened so fast - it was like a first date. Glad you can dig it.
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Alannah said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Shoobidobbalicious .....
... what a nice easy laid back groove you two got goin on here .... very nice indeed !
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Thanks Alannah
I thought it could make a nice addition to beer Friday - laid back and all that.
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particledots said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Very nice
your vocals sound so clear here and sit really nicely in the mix - and yves backing vox are perfect

great guitar sound (as always)

somehow strange that you should be writing a song that reflects the heat and humidity of NYC when you so perfectly captured the blizzards just a few months ago with 'let your mind stay' RPM project

or maybe not strange at all

fabulous stuff
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Got lucky with the vocals
one of those first takes that stuck. As for Yves - he really cought the groove. How great is that short laconic lead in the middle? And yes - his backing vox are right on.
Nice of you to remember our winter song.
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spitlogic said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
like that beat
Well layered. mIx is on point. Great track all around.
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Thanks Mitchell
I respect your opinion on beats for sure. It was fun to build a sparse track.
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Kicbal said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Lazy Hazy
I'm not familiar with the song genre or history behind it, but it does work well. I love the laid back groove and the detailed production. Great storytelling and visual in the lyrics. Vocal delivery is perfect for this song.
Thanks for the song and for the whole T4S idea.
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
This only started with a Spector song stuck in my head
I lost the tread once I got past using sleigh bells in the percussion (one of his signature moves). Then it just became another attempt to keep it simple and interesting at the same time. Yve's contributions were perfect towards that end. Thanks for taking part in the project - Always Surrender is a major accomplishment.
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ted23 said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
tasty
Iphones eh? is there anything it can't do?
You've nailed that very cool groovy summer attitude.
This is a driving song for sure. I'm sweating!
Very nice
bud said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Ther are some great music apps that are fun to use
on songs. Playing them is always a challenge - but the sounds are cool. Thanks for stopping by and taking a listen.
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lilmom said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Understated & sssssteamy!
OH boy, this is such a hot a steamy listen! Your understated sounds, your voice, your lyrics, your beat, all fit together to make the whole package fit summer to perfection. I LOVE THIS!
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bud said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
I loved growing up with pop music
that was sometimes serious and sexy - like "Spanish Harlem" - and "I Think We're Alone Now". This was an attempt to get that feel. Thanks for your kind words - and your own great summer song.
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MarkHolbrook said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Hypnotic beat
that sucks you in and makes you listen to the vocal! Very very cool guys! Nicely done!
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Mark
To me the beat is always the thing - glad you got into it.
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sschedra said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Wow!
I am sweating hot, in the car, and I can just put myself in the picture as I drive from Camden to Philly across the Ben Franklin Bridge. A real story here.
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
It was pretty easy to go home again
and conjure up the images - they were part of every summer lived in Philly. Thanks for identifying. We used to take the Tacony/Palmyra Bridge being from the Northeast.
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Skean said 2556 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Shoobies
I think it's radio ready, I loved it, great collab guys… Cheers
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Kenta
coming to a station near you.
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sheilad said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
smooth
smooth smooth.... like this right from the start. Into my ipod it goes!
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
That's high praise
we like going places in people's iPods. Cool. Thanks.
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sloparts said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Been there, done that
Talking about Ocean City and the Jersey Shore. As a little kid I'd go there with my parents, who I'm sure fit the description of "Shoobies". An although I was unaware of it at the time, as I think back and listen to your song, I can remember.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane Guy's it was a refreshing walk indeed.

Love the music.

Ed
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Seems the Jersey Shore drew a lot of us
glad to meet another shoobie. One day we'll get Yves down there in the back of a convertible 65 Mustang.
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Symphony101 said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Oh man, please bring me over !
I had a friend who was spending his summers - I believe - around there (he told me about Jersey shore). I never had a chance to go there, but one day, I'll do a special MacJams US visit ! Then we'll go there a few of us :-)
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DWL said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Cool atmospheric vibe
Love the concept of the Shoobies.

A collab to be proud of.

Cheers

Dick

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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Looking forward to your tune Dick
I am very happy with the way Yves and I were able to pull this off. He was great to work with.
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tokai said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
retro
Cool collab gents, one of you must like the Cure?

Bass flows like the river carrying this tune along so gracefully. Like the lyrics, good call guys.
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Never been a fan - but they were around and fine by me
can't speak for Yves. Both the bass and guitar were essentially looped from improvs. My favorite cheat - though nothing new I'm sure.
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Symphony101 said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
I kind of like the Cure
but indeed, for this song Bud was the driver :-)
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awigze said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
captured
this catches the atmosphere of the summer in the city.... how cool Bud to be matched up with such talent. Hope to hear more from you both... Bud is a great guy and so easy to work with.
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Andy
Yves was indeed great to work with. Interesting - the slight similarities in our summer simmer/sizzle songs. I could definitely here you on this one - and your track with Anne is awesome.
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ChristopherCihon said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
I do..
like the guitar loop. Has a real Beatles feel to it. Reminds me of "Come Together" in a way.

Great job you guys!
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Hadn't considered that -
thanks for dropping by. Tanlines is great.
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sonnyjim said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Sleepy cool
I like this vibe. You seem to be mining this vein pretty successfully these days, and I'm impressed. It ain't easy to find (and then, more important, maintain) that loose, off-the-cuff sound. The repetition in the lyric and the contemporized (is that a word?) drone make for heady listening no matter what the season!

Best,
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Sleepy cool comes with age I'm afraid
seems to be my default lately. I'll have to crank it up one of these days. Cheers.
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guygrooves said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
This is
Smookin HOT!!! I love it!! This is soooo in my ipod. Thanks boys you should be very very proud of this one.
Peace
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bud said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Too kind Guy
thanks for stopping by. This was great "getting to know you" track for Yves and I.
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Calchas said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Shoobie or not shoobie?
THAT is the question! And this song is the answer!

All kidding aside, this is a nicely crafted tune. Reminds me a little of Tom Petty's "Peace In L.A." (a fave of mine).

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Be well friends!
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SmokeyVW said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
a buck
big time social commentary

it happens in the summer

thanks
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Vic Holman said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
urban summer
coolest big city urban summer tune since john sebastian's summer in the city
great tune kevin & yves
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Symphony101 said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Kevin
I was so impressed when you came up with the lyrics in minutes literally and the song was built up so quickly ! Such things take weeks with me :-) I am really grateful, not only this collab was such a great fun, but also, you're a very kind person. You've got a huge set of skills, great experience and an expert ear. Yet, you always left space to bring my ideas and gave all the freedom to work on the concept with you. Never felt intimidated by this great talent I'm working with, on the contrary, it was such a great, positive athmosphere it created ! Hereby, another big THANK YOU !
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Jarvoid said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
nice one
.......Phil Spector ? Well,whatever,it turned out great.

80) Jarvoid
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billykirsch said 2555 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Summer
Sluggish, oppressive, under pressure like the heat in the city, with the relaxed relief of the ocean breeze in the afternoon. The strange thing is that, in the music, the feeling is not one after the other, but both at the same time. Oppressive and relaxed... how could that be?

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bud said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Must be the drugs
All kidding aside - I have no idea - except that I added the heavy kick drum late in the production to drive the beat so it didn't lag - likewise with the handclaps.
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billykirsch said 2552 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
lol
I was thinking the same, but it was the music :-)
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Ibstrat said 2554 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
You have an incredible
knack for creating a great groove.I could seriously listen to this for at least 10 minutes I wish it were longer!
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five_extra_arms said 2554 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Shoobies!
Love it!

Great vocals Bud - those voice lessons are paying off.... waitaminit - you're not taking voice lessons.... nevermind - You sound great guys! This is a killer track.

D/L'd

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drakonis said 2553 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
shoobie do!
This is a great slow-paced lazy-sounding song for Summer, great imagery from the lyrics, floating above the rhythmic beauty of the musical pavement like a shimmering mirage. Great piece of music you two, off to hear its fraternal twin next!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 2553 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
ocean city
really nice work guys. this song is so full of stuff, so many layers, and yet it doesn't feel crowded at all. i love the bells. the repetition and steady rhythm give this a sort of....conveyor belt feel. you know, like the long lines of people all walking slowly to the same beat. the song creates a perfect image for the lyrics, as the philly working poor slowly crawl through the heat to get to Ocean City. this is great.
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echoroom said 2553 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Flaotin'
man, this is kinda laid back for you, you must be mellowing!
A groovy little bastard this, with a real nice vocal
fantastic last line too!
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Bubowski said 2552 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Nice concept
with a cool backstory. I always wondered where that term came from. Nice mellow vibe with a kind of brooding darkness to it.
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mr_mordenus said 2552 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Haunting
Wow, your voice just keeps getting stronger, Bud. There's a wistful, gritty sweatiness to this that really resonates with the words, made all the stronger by that quiet, gentle delivery. I love the particular balance of fondness and familiarity you strike here with the stark images of those working guys and women finding a bit of sunshine at the beach for a weekend with their shoebox lunches... and the contrast between them and the 'well-heeled locals'. Gentle, vivid and poignant...

The music sounds deceptively exotic, perhaps underlining that magical, but-not-quite-real place (or state of mind) that those factory girls and snazzed-up boys are looking for on the beaches and boardwalks. You and Yves turned out a quiet masterpiece here - like looking at an old black and white photo of our working grandparents when they were a young couple vacationing on the boardwalk - and suddenly you see in a very different light, long after they're gone and you've now come a lot closer to their ages.

Magical stuff.


RAVENS said 2552 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Very Cool
Hey, did you say hydrants instead of "Johnny Pumps"?

The track is super cool, very 80's feeling, which I just love. Great lyrics & I dig the laid-back vocals. Very awesome collab!

RAVEN ;-)
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jdholliday said 2551 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
I've been outta touch
so a bit late to listen, this is a stellar post by 2 stellar macjammers! Great job! Pro!
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paul f. page said 2551 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
You could have...
written a big old tune to carry these lyrics, but then the stark reality and power of this story would have been lost entirely. To me, every choice made in the composition, arrangement, and performance of this number are just perfect to tell the story. If I were to sum this number up in one word, it would be "restraint." That's a difficult commodity to package successfully, but you have done it so very well here.
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egobandit said 2548 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Shoobie
This has a talking head vibe a solid rhythm steady as she goes, love the lyrics very visual! glad to be back to listen!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2546 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Great stuff
.. magnificent composition and a great collab. Smooth and laid back, I'm hearing Lou Reed but backed by early 80's new romantics Japan. Yves adds an undeniably European flavour to the proceedings. Love that solo guitar sound which feels bowed. Wonderful.
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Ed Hannifin said 2546 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Hot town...summer in the city....
For some reason this reminds me of a video clip I saw of Eric Clapton demonstrating how fiddling around with the descending lines from 'Summer In The City' led him to a similar lines for 'Tales of Brave Ulysses'... A song about summer leading into a song about vacationing in the Mediterranean...

And then it reminds me of hearing Lou Reed talk about the influence of doo wop and Fifties songs on him and the Velvets... You wouldn't think it, but then when you think about it, it's all there and it makes sense...

'Shoobies' is a great concept...

I think the lyrics are strong and imagistic, and I really love the headphone filling bass line that runs through this...
Psychikosa said 2544 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Chilled
Completely - having listened to this.

Thanks
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Bob Rodgers said 2544 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Great
vocals and a good groove, I enjoyed the laid back feel to this and wished it was longer.
This has a great sound of summer and I can feel the heat on them city streets, great stuff!

Bob
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jiguma said 2544 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Excellent!
Everything's been said - this is a really classy piece of music - congratulations to you both!
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