So here is the second release I did. The cover was another case of having an idea and then just getting exactly what I wanted on the first try. As far as the music goes, I had written a bunch of stuff under the stage name Sweaty Fat Kid. In fact I went under that from like late 2007 (when I first started making music) until 2010. Some time around December of 2011 I thought it would be kinda cool (for whatever dumb reason) to bring it back for a one time thing and say goodbye to Sweaty Fat Kid. I rerecorded a bunch of old songs I wrote and played as Sweaty Fat Kid. In my mind it was a “Best of…” kinda deal. The name is pretty literal. I’m not a very subtle dude and that is pretty apparent here. I can’t tell if writing about myself like this or if thinking I had a “Best of…” anything is more douchtastic.
Anyways… I practiced for this show every day for a month and a half. I relearned a bunch of old songs that were on this EP. The bass tracks are: My Life’s Story, We Be Vettin’ (a song about a gangsta discovering he loves animals.), My Other Half, Something Big and Dramatic In My Head (which is one of my first, first, first songs), and a cover of Where Did You Sleep Last Night. I only put one piano track on it which was Shrimp or Potato.
A week before the show I did all the recording/mixing/art/burning/packaging. All that practice really paid off for the recording process. I was able to hit most things in one or two takes. I upgraded to an iPhone 4 for recording. It’s where i discovered the app iTalk. I still swear by it to this day. I no longer have an iPhone but I would still use that if I did!!!!
The show went really well because it was the first show where I didn’t royally fuck up a single song. In fact, it was pretty flawless. There people who had seen me before could I had actually taken the time to not be a nervous wreck and get my shit together. I also made some new fans that night and sold some CDs. I’m really grateful for the people that were into it. In fact, I was supposed to play Shrimp or Potato on a friends digital piano, but they didn’t arrive in time so I played it on my bass. When the piano arrived at the end of my set, I was asked to play a piano song. I played Fuck Off to close out my set. (That performance is available on the Jerk Indie Fest II compilation if want to track that down.)
That show was the show where I gained any semblance of legitimacy as a songwriter and as a musician. To this day it’s still the only show I haven’t fucked something up in. I’m glad I was able to put this out to at least have something to associate that memory to. Here is a Mediafire download link if you want to give it a listen. It comes with a printable case (since I package all my CDs in printer paper) http://www.mediafire.com/download/1cr8cqqrpoy55u1/Adam_S._Messinger_-_The_Sweaty_Fat_Kid_Says_Everything_is_Old_EP_(2011).rar