Buzz

Release Date: 9/97

Album: NEVEREST

Writer: ADAM MARSLAND

Audio:

Lyrics:

I just caught a buzz

I'm riding the wave

Everything's ventured and nothing's saved

Times like these

I doubt myself

And I might break down even without your help

 

But I am stronger than you imagine

All I need is a room to crash in

 

And the sun goes down

And I get up

Another buzz in a coffee cup

Life is great

And then it sucks

And I don't like you when you bring that up

 

Sing you a song -- drag you along

Drop me a note where it don't belong

(Nickel bag -- what a drag)

I just caught a buzz

Where will it lead?

If at first you don't succeed

 

Well life is longer

Than you imagine

All you'll need is a grave to crash on

 

The sun goes down

And I get up

Flies around the taco truck

Life is great and then it sucks

And I don't like you when you bring that up

 

Well life is longer

Than you imagine

All I need is my band to cash in

 

The sun goes down

And I get up

Another buzz in a coffee cup

You're a happy face turned upside down

Sometimes I don't like you and I hate this town

The sun goes down

And I get up

Buzzing around the taco truck

When I'm with you it cheers me up

But I don't like you I just made that up

I don't like you

Musicians:

Adam - vocals, guitars
Rob Cassell - vocals, bass
James Hazley - drums

Adam sez:

The opening song on Cockeyed Ghost's second album, NEVEREST, reflects a lot of the turmoil and craziness of the prior year, when we (briefly) rode the wave of being a buzz band and crested near the top of the L.A. music scene. 1995-97 was all going to clubs, breathless anticipation, and watching the indie music scene at work from within.

It's also, to be honest with you, a not very nice dig at my then-bandmates, one of them in particular -- the political situation at the time was such that even though I was writing all the songs and managing the band, rightly or wrongly I felt pretty pushed around by the other guys and powerless to really protest, and I put some of those feelings in the more biting lines of this song. I admit it wasn't a very nice thing to do (even though I don't think they picked up on it); one thing I learned from that whole period of my life is if you have a problem with someone, let them have it straight up. If you try to be nice and go along with things and let the resentment build, they will wind up hating you in the end. Which is, to some extent, what happened with at least one of the guys in Cockeyed Ghost. A lesson learned. There are people who dislike me today because I tend to let it be known where I stand and what I will and won't put up with. It's still vastly preferable to going along to get along and then having to bail out of the situation when it you can't put up with it anymore.

Anyhows, NEVEREST's production reflected the sensibilities of the other guys in the band more than the first album, and we had more money, which meant tighter performances and which is also the reason for the preponderance of low end and the density of the rhythm tracks. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but "Buzz" was a great opening song both live and on the record, with smashing performances from Rob and James.

Incidentally, Rob's barely audible line "Nickel Bag -- What a Drag" is an in-joke directed at the then-hot Silverlake music scene...Nickel Bag was Spaceland entrepreneur Mitchell Frank's label, and "What a Drag" was the name of a compilation CD of most of the main bands of the scene. The funny thing is at the time Cockeyed Ghost was considered by many to be not quite cool enough -- maybe a little too over-earnest, or my persona too brash -- to be part of the Silverlake scene (and, to be fair, it was a geographically-centric music scene and we lived miles away in Reseda), but owing to our association with a lot of those bands we're retroactively remembered as being part of it, which I think is funny. And neat; I respected the hell out of a lot of those bands, and we were happy when we got to play with them and happy to be retrospectively remembered in the same breath with them. This is one of my very favorite tracks of the Cassell-Hazley era of the band.

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