East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991

East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991

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PERSONNEL
F.M. Cornog: Everything

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
Fan The Flame
My Life Is Wrong
Happytown
Times Square Go-Go Boy
Hit The Ground
Woody’s Car

Side 2
We’re Going To Nowhere
Axl Or Iggy
Central Park

It’s been a long time, and I’ve probably got it all wrong, but as I recall it, Fred told me his dad worked at the Colgate factory in Jersey City, forgotten today except for the Colgate Clock on the Hudson River; once a dominant feature of the skyline opposite Manhattan, now dwarfed by the shiny high-rises of the new JC.

I Used To Be Kid Colgate is the last of the three ERP cassettes; after this, Fred and Barbara started to put out 7″ singles, which led to his being signed by Sarah Records in the UK and the release of the epochal CD Shining Hours In A Can.  “My Life Is Wrong,” “Happytown,” “Times Square Go-Go Boy” and “Axl Or Iggy” are the essential tracks, but damn if “Hit The Ground” isn’t a stunner, 25 years down the road. Sigh.

East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991 [cover]

you thought you were Axl
or Iggy
but you were nothing
like that…
but you looked good
with a bottle
and you smiled
like a little brat

East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991 [insert side A]
East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991 [insert side A]
East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991 [insert side B]
East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991 [insert side B]

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