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June 17, 2011 / John Sieger

Thief Of Hearts

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From Quiver, which was intended to be the second Semi-Twang record. Cruel fate intervened and the subject matter grew a bit darker. This lyric by M.F. sure fit the bill at the time, the propulsion in the track was made possible by a level of anger and confusion brought out by our situation. It also didn’t hurt to have Kenosha native Joe Bonadio sitting behind the drum kit at those sessions. He was already the hottest drummer in town at nineteen when he split for New York where he is today, playing on recordings by artists like Roseanne Cash. He claims he needed intravenous LSD to work with us back then, but I think he was on a natural high. Joe gave lessons back in Kenosha— but he didn’t teach drums, it was more of a clinic in how to have fun at a gig. He was and I would guess he still is, a master. The absolute forward thrust of this song still gets to me—Feldman lyrics, Bonadio drumming, Mike Hoffmann production and some serious energy, maybe a tad angry, from the remnants of a broken band that would need a couple decades to revive itself.

© 2011 John Sieger/Michael Feldman


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