I, Charles Hoffman, fully support paying $0 for music downloads. Enter a buck or two or five if you're feeling generous and want to show some appreciation, but if it means the difference between you listening to my stuff or not listening to my stuff, I'd rather have you listening. Thanks.
Later on in 1996, maybe 1997, No Consensus unleashed what I think many still consider our masterwork, the What Stupid Does cassete album. We were still doing some genre-parodies, but were also branching out into material that was less novelty but still maintained our skewed worldview, particularly that of Joe who wrote most of the lyrics. The album was recorded on 4-track in the basement of Cory Wagner's parents' house, where we practiced at the time because we were using Wagner's sister's Thor drum kit and hadn't convinced the parents to sell it to us quite yet. Mike was even starting to get the hang of having a kick drum. We did all the instruments (and possibly the lead vocals as well) through an Equinox mixing board (which I think I still have!) into tracks 1 and 2 of a Tascam Porta 03. We would do a take, go upstairs and listen to it on Wagner's stereo, figure out where the mix needed tweaked, go back downstairs and turn a couple knobs on the mixer and do another take, until we got the mix decent. Later we did some overdubs, extra vocals, etc on tracks 3 and 4 at Joe's mom's house. Oh -- except for track 9 "Bunk", for which we just re-used the earlier recording we'd already had on the "Telepathic Etiquette" tape because it was perfect!)
A few months later we came out with the "Sun Shines Like Tomorrow" cassette EP, recorded in a similar fashion but entirely at Joe's mom's house. By this time our playing was getting really tight. I include it as part of this "super-deluxe" edition of What Stupid Does because the original cover/insert art, the cover of which was a truly epic illustration of a giant butterfly standing at a microphone stand as rendered by Jeff Moravec (now known as Boguslaw Moravec: see www.freedayalliance.com/FREE_DAY/BOGUSLAW_MORAVEC.html
) has been lost for many years now and I am beyond hope of its recovery.
There are also a number of outtakes and practice recordings (specifically tracks 15, 16, and from 23 on). The original What Stupid Does is tracks 1-14; the original Sun Shines Like Tomorrow is tracks 17-22. 15, 16, and 23 are outtakes/goof-arounds from the What Stupid Does recording sessions. 24-28 were sometime between the two, at Joe's Mom's house, during practices, as demos of new songs we were working on, and a couple of them (definitely 27) got used as "hidden" tracks on the Sun Shines Like Tomorrow cassettes. 29 and 30 are alternate versions from the Sun Shines Like Tomorrow recording sessions. The song "You Gave Me Your Dog" (27) was actually written by me and Tim Bennett, No Consensus "covered" it.
released 01 September 1998
Joe Riehle - lead vocals, and later on, some guitar
Chuck Hoffman - guitar, other vocals
Steve Wilson - bass, some more vocals
Mike Hays - drums, even more vocals