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    Don says:
    There’s nothing worse in a musician than false modesty. Genuine modesty is a close second; if even you don’t think you’re anything special, why are you intentionally inflicting mediocrity on the rest of us? False immodesty is at least entertaining. Real immodesty is best, particularly when it is likely to be mistaken for false immodesty. I wanted to demand from our audience the single-hearted devotion that a groom would demand from his bride.



Why do you listen to other bands?
Why are they not discarded?
Might you be squarer
Than a bell-bottom wearer?
Might you be retarded?

While you were listening to other bands
We were kicking asses.
Your daydreams endow us
With all kinds of prowess
But you serve other masters

Other Bands
Other Bands

It’s not that we need you -we’re superstars-
But it’s sad you have no clue
Flitting around
Never settling down
With the one true band for you

So if we don’t see you when we’re back in town
We will understand
That you are a fool
And you’ll never be cool
Til you dump those other bands

Why do you listen to other bands?


from A Layman’s Guide to The Shut​-​Ups, released June 15, 2012
originally appears on “The Stud Album”
(c) 2005 Down Syndrome Superhero Music, ASCAP

Don Condescending: keyboards, lead vocal
Ben Spraker: guitar, backing vocal
Thaddeus Thompson: bass
Steve Libbey: more guitar
Billy bin Laden: drums

Produced by Christopher Snell and Jason NeSmith at Bel Air Studio, Athens GA



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We're a five-piece new-wave power-pop band from Atlanta and Athens, GA and practice daily at 6AM. We do more before 8AM than most bands do all week.

We're not about Pleasure or Fun. You may enjoy listening to us. You may not. You may pretend to enjoy us because others you respect seem to. They may be pretending, too. In which case you may want to consider what else they're pretending about.
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