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November 27, 2010 / John Sieger

Dark Out

07 Dark Out

Went looking for an old Semi-Twang song to post and came up with this song. Turns out it’s the R&B Cadets, the band I was in before Semi-Twang, recorded by Mike Hoffman on a 4-track Teac reel-to-reel at John Kishline and Deborah Clifton’s loft in Walker’s Point (notably named West Hell) back in the ’80s. The confusion arises from the cast of characters shared by both bands and the fact that we both performed this song, to the best of my recollection. There’s no mistaking Paul Cebar’s distinctive trem-tone though — I think it was his Danelectro back then — or Robin Pluer’s psychotic organ break. In retrospect I wish I could have stayed in both bands, the Cadets were truly a fun experience and bursting with talent. If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry, someone once said. Today we are all friends and members of a mutual admiration society. This demo sounds big and verby and describes the “off” state in the giant love-switch the world of song seems to come down to some-times. She loves me — it’s a song, she loves me not — ditto. That’s 90% of music!

© 2010 John Sieger



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  1. John Radtke / Nov 27 2010 10:32 pm

    Always loved this song. Great memories.

    • John Sieger / Nov 27 2010 11:19 pm

      Thank you John, it was a funny thing top stumble onto.

  2. Hazy Dave / Dec 11 2010 10:02 am

    There’s probably a lot of us who wish you could have stayed in both bands, but that’s the way things were, or at least they seemed to be. Still got my Top Happy vinyl, though. An inadequate souvenir, perhaps, but much better than none at all… Paul’s latest solo CD, One Little Light On? Fantastic. Just what I always wanted to hear from him.

    • John Sieger / Dec 11 2010 11:27 am

      Paul’s CD is very good, just dripping with Tomorraw Sound on a smaller scale. He actually sings one of my songs on it and I think I will have him guest vocal on my blog soon.

  3. Hazy Dave / Dec 11 2010 11:21 am

    Oh, I notice cdbaby also has a CD called Her Country available that you might wanna add to your Discography page… Whaddaya know?

    Since I’m visiting that site, here’s a plug for my mother-in-law’s Classical Piano CD she recorded a few years ago when she was only 75…

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