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Of course i'm speaking in generalizations and from my own experiences, but when you're a townie, the best thing about landing a college girl or guy is that they're not defined by the town and therefore not limited by it in the way that you are. And I don't mean physically limited, I mean imaginatively limited. You're a townie, you've had an us/them relationship with the college your entire life. Possibility is for them. The town is for us. Parents that look and act like TV parents, spring break, Abercrombie and Fitch, that's for them. Towmotors, the Grocer's Union, the loop, Stoney's Bar, that's for us. So that you don't even question it. You do you're thing, they do theirs. Until paths cross. For the college kid, they're just slumming, hanging out at a locals bar and getting a first taste of real life. For the townie, it's like getting a Viewmaster for Christmas and sitting there under the crap tree while your dad snores drunk asleep and your mom and sister fight and slide by slide moving away from it all, getting a real childhood, the kind that you never really believed existed. That college girl or guy has parents who give a shit, teachers who give a shit, they ran through the sprinklers in summer and went to camp and had birthday parties and went camping with dad. And you can't get enough of those memories, they're great, you think about them all the time and they become your memories. And when that person leaves, because they will, because they're moving and you're standing still - when they leave you don't care about losing them so much but they take those memories with them and you feel 100X more desolate after than you did before. And all you want is to have it all back. So that's what this tune is about.

Musically, it's typical tempie pop, although i'm trying to move into more Swedish Pop territory, or my idea of it. I love that rainy day electronic stuff that makes you happy and melancholy at the same time, or maybe happy to be melancholy.
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Lyrics
eddie grant
singing electric avenue
you're on the trampoline
sunning in your swimsuit
ten speed leaning on the backyard gate
you and your friends
are gonna ride to the arcade
it's 1982
it's 1982

baby, please come back to me
we can take it slow
you can start class in the spring

your momma sent you gnr tickets
and a baskin robbins birthday cake
i sold you beer at the stadium concessions
even though you id was obviously fake
i played the older guy
you moved your stuff to my place
my friends were jealous
your friends said it was a mistake
it was 1992
it was 1992

baby, please come back to me
we can take it slow
you can start class in the spring
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Comments: 43
Fans: 28
Plays: 73
Downloads: 66
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Sep 19, 2011 - 06:41:18 AM
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011 - 06:41:18 AM Last Played: Dec 10, 2013 - 08:33:52 AM
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ancient ibook, mountain dew stratocaster, shakers, tambourines, bells, hands for clapping
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Comments
aRcTip said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
Wow
Really nice song. Great chorus and brilliant at 02:00 onwards. The song description was fascinating to read. It's like a movie I want to see!
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
song descriptions
if i don't have a story i can't write a song. actually i need a story in mind to do pretty much anything. glad you liked the song, i enjoyed your latest too.
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papag said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
tale of two cities
I like the back-story of the song and the compact lyrics. You tell the tale well. Guitars are tight.

Thanks for the download :)
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
guitars
thanks man i'm glad you liked the guitars. i'm getting along fine with that little strat, i think we're going to like each other.
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Reinholt56 said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
Hi Craig.....
I loved this song, singing, playing and arrangement as well as the lyrics. A lot of the description makes sense to me and so everything fitted together so well. Really glad I dropped by to listen.

Take care.

Paul
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Thanks Paul
i'm going to have to check out your latest. I aspire to zazen but normally attain the more common 'relaxed distraction'. But it seems better than nothing. Thanks for the listen!
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J_Gretch said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
Townie
Happy to be melancholy huh...May have to steal that line from you...:)
Cool song man!...Good structure,Vox and everything played well.Not sure what it is but I'm getting a little Steely Dan vibe here.



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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Steely Dan
I love how when you post a song people hear things you never heard. Steely Dan makes a lot of sense. i was thinking more josh rouse through the tempie filter, but Steely Dan, that's cool. Thanks for the listen man. Feel free to steal the melancholy thing, I doubt i'm the first one to think of that.
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sammydix said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
Townie
whoa, this is kinda funky. a sorta dance groove but still listenable thing happening--too many interesting events going on for it not to be. seriously like this song.
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
that's exactly what i was going for
funky sorta dance groove but laid back and listenable. i wanted a chill vibe but i've been listening to a lot of 80's dance stuff with my daughter and so i wanted to hear that too. thanks for the listen man glad you like it.
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PeterB7858 said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
"tempie pop" personified
Hi Craig. Like this a lot. "tempie pop" it is but that it is in no way a bad thing. Really like the instrumentation behind the chorus. It has a late 80's feel but with better guitar work. Good post. Regards, Peter.
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
i guess i'll always be a little stuck in the 80's
i'm working on a rockabilly tune now and all i can think about is stray cats. they were so cool. i guess you never lose the music that you grow up with. thanks for the close listen and glad you liked it - and thanks for the props re the guitar work!
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alackbass said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
Townie
Downloaded!
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
dude
your donkey song kicks ass.
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tmcfate said 2074 days ago (September 19th, 2011)
townie
the competition of the arraignment is infectious. i really hear steely dan in the chorus. maybe other places as well. the break out in the middle has a far away mix, like running water. really rushing water.
great listen
tim
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
if you like a modern take on steely dan
check out Aden. one of those defunct bands that should have made it big but never got traction. I was curious to hear what people would think of that little break - i wanted it to be really wistful. glad you liked it man, there is a list of people out here who's ears have my respect and you're on it.
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dave_b said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Townie
I like the Rnb elements in this - the crawling bass, the sharp edged guitar slashes, the little synth fills. Cool back story, and the lyric fills it out well.
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
RnB
Yeah man i can't escape RnB just like I can't escape the 80's. Thanks for the listen!
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gadzooks said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Townie
Great story. Like the funky beat and the over all groove factor ... and that's some sweet guitar sounds going on ... I like that little riff at 2:15. Catchy chorus. Nice mix!
SG
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tempie said 2073 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Overall Groove Factor
The OGF. I like it. We need a MJ widget for OGF. Thanks for the listen man, glad you liked the mix. I got a bunch of water in my ear at the beach a couple weeks ago and i was wondering if i was actually hearing what I was thinking I was hearing. Huh?
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Lennon714 said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
precision
your song descriptions are becoming events that almost rival the song. Almost. There's a detailed simplicity with your lyrics that makes me crazy jealous. Ryan Adams is stumbling off a stage somewhere wishing he could do it like this. Did you have 5EA give you synth tips?
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tempie said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
Ryan Adams
genius is wasted on the wasted.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
Cardigans
Dude, if this was sung by Nina Persson it would be pure 90's Swedepop. Love it, love the name checking, great context. Your production and vox are fantastic, the clarity of the backing vocals is wonderful. The minimalist arrangement signals yet another move forward in the Tempie-verse. Digging that guitar in the outro too. My fave Tempie tune, bar none.
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tempie said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
Cardigans
Yeah i like this groove for my pop stuff. We'll see where it goes. I thought of you when i was writing it because i know how you like the depressing small town america thing. I feel like each tune i'm getting more and more out of my rinky-dink setup.
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lavalamp said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
Brilliant
I didn't have the attention span to read the whole description, but I did listen to this whole song. Great pop sensibility. Swedish or not.

Your greatest strength is your lyric writing, which really shines bright on this one. Also, the musically breakdown was outstanding.

LL
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tempie said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
didn't read the description?
man i spent days glued to the Underwood writing that story...


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Relic67 said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
i hope axl showed up
love the lyrics to this one... Eddie Grant! that was a good tune.
nice production on the bass, guitar and vox.
the spare funkiness is recognizably your style but you are branching out a bit.
wicked guitar solo and comping.
one for the iPod for sure.
applause!
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tempie said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
axl
funny when appetite for destruction came out I was more into punk and indie and so i kind of looked down on it as hair band music, but i had a friend who loved it and and kept badgering me about how it was this great mix of country, metal, punk, rock, hardcore, whatever and so i finally started listening to it on the way to school and he was right, that's a brilliant album. I don't think they did anything as good later but that first album was killer. and electric avenue - that tune brings back middle school like nothing else except maybe mr. roboto.

thanks for the listen man glad you liked it
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Vic Holman said 2072 days ago (September 21st, 2011)
going to town
this is great Craig!
a nice combo of musical styles and it all works making for a cool contemporary sound. you really have outdone yourself.
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tempie said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
thanks vic
that's my next album 'The Cool Contemporary'.
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Loob said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
About the only thing I didn't care for
is the Club sounding drums. You have a pop song here, so I would have liked to hear a different drum sound. The rest of it I enjoyed very much!
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tempie said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Drums
I was going for that swedish electronica vibe, hence the club drums. but i can see where it may have evolved past the midi drums. want to add live drums? :)
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magnatone said 2071 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
Townie
hey craig - wowzers, i'm a gigantic fan of this song! thanks for the backstory - i always know when i click on a song of yours that it's going to be really engaging and often breaks new ground. you give "cool" new meaning :)
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tempie said 2067 days ago (September 26th, 2011)
:)
thanks!
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Warren Smith said 2066 days ago (September 27th, 2011)
Part 1 and 2?
There's lots of surprising textures punctuating the sound track. I like how some synths appear just once to add an accent.

I like the March of Time defining the verses, starting with a past memory and moving forward.

However, it only goes to 1992. I was waiting for a third verse (2002) when she moves out (I'm guessing here!) and maybe even a reconciliation in a fourth verse (2012?). However the saga goes, it feels like we are not being told the whole story : )
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tempie said 2064 days ago (September 29th, 2011)
a concept album?
it is a good story, now that i think about it. i was just taking a snapshot but maybe i'll flesh it out into another tune. thanks for the thought and the careful listen man.
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five_extra_arms said 2065 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Swedish AM Radio Pop
Only you can get away with "eddie grant - electric avenue" as a relevant lyric! Lol!

You put so much thought into your stories and then you mask it all with vivid snapshots from our youth and a few Saturday afternoon cereal commercials and Shazam! A new Tempie Toon!

I hear a bunch of layers of contrasting guitar styles - loud and distant overblown distortion and the clean distinct parts all held together by that funky bassline and the perfectly 80's casio drum section.

I like the change at about 2 minutes. It's a sweet little departure that gives you a moment to prepare for the return of the rock.

D/L'd a week ago and faved!
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tempie said 2064 days ago (September 29th, 2011)
eddie grant is always relevant
as is robert hazard. you take those two out of the 80's and the 80's might as well not have happened. i always know that you're going to give the guitar a careful listen and i appreciate that, i'm trying to become a Guitarist, with a capital G, somebody who actually has a style and some ability. I'm about 1000 miles shy of that but i'm going for the A in effort. Or maybe B-. Actually i'm going for a passing grade. 70 is fine.
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ktb said 2065 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
Townie
that chorus is tops in my book. it all comes together in a rush. great choices on the synths
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egobandit said 2060 days ago (October 3rd, 2011)
happy to be sad
your not gonna write a Mcdonald's commercials are you? Just kidding Interesting backing in this your guitar really pushes this out from the thump thump in the beat, thanks for the download!
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bud said 2058 days ago (October 5th, 2011)
Sorry I'm slow to this one
it's a great song with an equally excellent description. You really hit a great groove here and the instrumentation is cool. Love the chorus.
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jiguma said 2052 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
Alt pop #3
Have just listened to Pie's and 11eyes' recent posts, and am really enjoying all the terrific alt pop. Different again from the others, this is so typical of your thoughtful, precise, evocative posts at MJ. I'm enjoying this a lot - the Australian reference would be Mondo Rock who used to write similarly stylised music.
Excellent post!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Elevator_Funk said 2049 days ago (October 14th, 2011)
....
I dig it. I try not to think about class struggle as it puts me in a bad mood, but this make me think of 'Common People' by Pulp.

This stands on its own, tho, musically and lyrically. I'm glad to hear you dig the Swedish Pop. There's definitely something about it, and I can't wait to see what else you are going to do with it.
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