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This song is by the incredible and fairly unknown band "Snakepit" a Eugene OR. Band from the late eighties into early 90's. In the band at various times were friends of mine Laura McDougal and Robert Christie, Mike Johnson and Billy Karren, Joe Preston and Al Larson. I love this song so much and want to take a moment to pay tribute to one of the greatest and certainly nicest drummers I have known, Robert Christie. Robert was also in the band Oswald 5-0, a Eugene band that I befriended as a youngster at age 17 in my first band "Adickdid". Robert was a brilliant and forceful drummer, full emotional output and a huge enthusiasm for music. He was one of the first people ever to encourage me in my musical endeavors – when I was 18, clumsy and shy, and he worked at a record store in Eugene "House of Records" I went in to buy some 7"s and he commented on a compilation cassette tape that Adickdid was on. He told me that our song was great and that it reminded him of the Wipers. I didn't know who the Wipers were, but I knew who Robert was, and I loved his band and this first compliment was probably essential to my continuing to pursue playing music. Robert Christie is gone from this planet in earthly form, but I am convinced of a never-ending recycling of energies and hope that his spirit continues to manifest in connection with music. Thank you Robert.

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from I Think I'm Alone Now, released September 1, 2009
(S. Pit) Recorded live on the air at KWVA, 88.1 in Eugene, OR by Rob Jones on September 26th, 1997. Originally released on Air Check Cassette, JB-020 (c) 1999 Jealous Butcher Records

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