Down to the Beach

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Down to the Beach was written in March, 2009, and features the chords B, A, E, and F#.

It’s about spending a crappy Chicago winter indoors. Then spring came and I didn’t go to the beach, I still stayed inside. Oops!

If Done (with) Fun wasn’t the first Chicago Slushy song then this one was.

Teenage Frankenstein

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Teenage Frankenstein was first conceptualized in November, 2009, and finished in September, 2010. It’s comprised of the chords E, B, A, D and G.

The track is included as the penultimate track on the debut Slushy LP, “Pastime Gardens”. Brent Z shredded the shred stick from shred city.

The themes of the song are isolation, transformation, and self-empowerment. And Frankenstein.

NYC Girls

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NYC Girls was written in May, 2003. It uses the chords A, D, E, and F#m. There’s a Beatles E in there too, like maybe E7sus4. It was first recorded by the Stolen Kisses and released on ONE CDR by I’m Drinkin This tapes in 2008 (now out of print).

NYC Girls is a featured track on Slushy’s 2nd cassette, “Five Little Leaves”. Fun fact! It was the first song recorded of that bunch.

The song tells the story of a small-town boy who meets a titular NYC girl, and is enchanted by her, but she longs to return to her former life. And dancing. It’s based on a true story and I only changed the details that make me look like a putz.

Wrong Words

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Hey, here’s a song I really like! Wrong Words was written in October, 2009, and is comprised of the chords D, G, and A.

It was later included on the “Five Little Leaves” cassette on Tripp Tapes, as produced by Shimby McCreery.

The themes of the song are poor communication and self-depreciation.

I had a job as a writer at the time and thought it would be funny if all of my writing job friends saw me and I had a song about being bad with words. The joke was on me because none of my coworkers ever came to see me play and I didn’t have any friends.


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Elephant written by Max Epstein and originally performed by Boshus. I made a lil recording of it because I like it and put it on a CDR in the early days of Slushy. The Slushy recording of it uses the chords F, C and Bb.

Elephant was later recorded by The Lemons and featured on their debut, “Hello, We’re The Lemons”.

It’s a love song.


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Candy was written in December, 2007, and features the chords D, A, A7, G, and Gm. This songs was originally performed by the Stolen Kisses, and was released on an extremely rare cassette tape by I’m Drinkin This tapes in August, 2008. (seriously maybe 10 copies? It’s very out of print.)

Two recordings of Candy were officially released by Slushy. The first of these is the Randy Records 7″, which was recorded by Nathan Johnson in the summer of 2012, and released in 2013.

The second to be released was actually recorded first, in January of 2012, by Shimby McCreery. This version features Doug Boldon on drums, and backing vocals by Ronnie, Ted and Jack of the Bingers, aka the Bing-Aires. It is included on the cassette versions of “Five Little Leaves”, released by Tripp Tapes in 2013.

The themes of Candy are obsession, self-restraint, insomnia, sweets, and dogs. Mostly dogs.