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Hi, Cliff here. Paul's taking a nap right now. He stayed up all night remastering this thing. He said he did "extensive" remastering. Well I think it was worth the effort. Now the album sounds more like it was supposed to in the first place.

I don't think Paul ever liked 'Pabz'. At first he didn't want to re-release it. Come on, I told him, there's some really good stuff on here. 'Green Eyes'? 'Automaton'? 'You're No Fun At All'? 'Balloon in the sky', about that friend who died? Those are good songs.

But Paul didn't like the sounds. Plus he thought some of the songs were too silly. He wanted to take out the tracks he didn't like. You can't do that, we told him! You can't change an album after it's been released into the world.

"But only like 10 people have ever heard it, nobody will even know the difference!" he said.

But the band held firm.

"It is what it is," I told him.

"Oh that's really deep," Paul said.

"Very philosophical," he said.

"You're a regular Socrates, you know that? A Zen Buddhist."

Paul can be kind of a jerk when he hasn't had his nap.

Anyway, oh yeah, when we were digging through the vaults to find the master tracks we also came across a cool early demo of 'You're No Fun At All". We're including it here as a bonus track.

We hope you enjoy!

- Cliff Notes
February 2015

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released August 1, 1995

Pseudonym is:

Paul Desjarlais - vocals
Dr. Rhythm - drums
Cliff Notes - bass
Waylan Solo - guitar
Gil Gullible - keyboard

(c) 1995 Trivial Pop Songs
All words and music by Paul Desjarlais except "Little Town Flirt", words by John Gage. All songs performed by Pseudonym. Remastered February 2015.

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pseudonym San Francisco, California

Pseudonym is a band consisting of me, Paul Desjarlais, and other real or imaginary people. Back in Boston a long time ago I used to play bass for The Uncalled Four, and then for Haberland. After that I released a cassette album called Pabz, and later a CD called Pig Tail World. Now I live in San Francisco and I record songs when I get a chance and sometimes post albums online. ... more

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Track Name: still like you
la la la la
i still like you
Track Name: little town flirt
you have got a zero on your forehead
you got a cadillac in the brain
your foots in your mouth
and a fork in the same

you got a mean mean gleam in your eye
you got chicken on your shirt
your hair's on fire
little town flirt

you got a flag out the window
you got a finger in your drink
your face is all wet
and an arm is down the sink

you got a mean mean gleam in your eye
you got chicken on your shirt
your hair's on fire
gosh does that hurt

I'll do some of those scenes with john candy
but when i'm finished get the hell off me
'til I have a dispose-all
i will not be happy
oh

you have got a zero on your forehead
you got a cadillac in the brain
your foots in your mouth
and a fork in the same

(chorus)
Track Name: baby come on now
show me someone completely normal
and i'll show you a freak
and like the fastest automobile
in the west
encountered difficulty
but be my guest
gather up some lost time
baby come on now
outside take a ride
step on it man 'til your terrified now
there's a minor time warp
baby come on now
one two see the view
get your glasses on now
watch what you been through
you had stuff go bad
but leave it behind just don't be sad
cuz one two it's all for you
but everything's gone
everything is brand new
without shame and there's no blame
cuz everyone is all the same
and no one can go back in time

never mind
all the fast news breaking
many a moon 'til the end of the world
then it's probably on pay per view anyway

and the speediest satellite
in the west
would still have problems
baby come on now

outside take a ride...

baby come on now
baby come on now
Track Name: balloon in the sky
an interstate relocator
an inter-gender heart breaker
how many best friends
surviving left to mend

a hyper social club hopping
hippy shaking show stopping
maker of nice thoughts
taking what life brought

beyond the norm
calm in the storm
balloon in the sky
waving goodbye

a pioneering wall breaking
other world best making
seen but not heard man
shaken not stirred man

a carnival ride risk taking
activating non faking
secret advisor
younger but wiser

beyond the norm
calm in the storm
balloon in the sky
waving goodbye

your best audience for one night anyway

beyond the norm
calm in the storm
balloon in the sky
waving goodbye
Track Name: kids from a cartoon
under deep blue skies
black water
yellow windows shine
just kids from a cartoon
flying around

chilly stars above
sparkle down as i keep up
with kids from a cartoon
flying around
halfway up to the moon
then falling to the ground

it's a good thing that we're so
animated
or else we'd probably be
in trouble
in trouble

without benefit of no net
rapid little arms
keep kids from a cartoon
flying around

just kids from a cartoon
flying around
halfway up to the moon
then falling to the ground
Track Name: bullet head
fail to slow down at the intersection
hit a '59 purple galaxy
slide through someone's backyard
spin around
hit something hard

wake up in a shady old treehouse
a little too quiet something's scaring me
leave without telling them
find a new circle of friends
boasting ironic conversations

one of them has a head full of something
and lies around while his ears get hairier
one has opposing views
and a third
doesn't wear shoes

one of them is a girl with a problem
but anyway anyone could marry her
under the big oak tree
on the year 2003
when the laws become advantageous

give it to me straight
i gotta hear it
from you doc
i can take it
truly am i
genetically predisposed
the original
bullethead

under the big oak tree
in the year 2003
i'll have a phd
from jupiter university
that's where i'll be
that's where i'll be waiting for you
that's where i'll be waiting for you
until the end
Track Name: green eyes
it's like you see
through your two green eyes at once
everything you've laid 'em upon
since 1989

and what could be
the effect of trying to describe
everything you're thinking about
at any given time

and while i'm in such a hurry
you seem to always have eternity
to eat your lunch
even though it doesn't look good
i just wish it could come to this

in what could be
the second most effortless display
of confusion seen around here
since the atomic age

they lined the streets
ever since the world had seen
everything they hold so dear
having been rearranged

and while i'm in such a hurry
they seem to always have eternity
to eat their lunch
even though it doesn't look good
i just wish it could come to this
Track Name: face up
we gotta face up to reality
who can say what we was thinking of
we gotta wear that shoe now
cuz it fits like a glove
and it's a fine feathered friend
who said all you need is love
we gotta wake up and drink the coffee
cuz what goes down must come up

can't we
hold out for
a one millionth opinion
or the best offer at least

we gotta face up to reality
and quit wishing to the stars above
waiting for that other shoe
to like fall from above
and it's a fine feathered friend
who said all you need is love
we gotta wake up and drink the coffee
in case he ever shows up

hey there's one of those water cooler spies
buddy what you looking at
i'm kinda shy
hit him right between his beady little
wandering eyes

can't we
hold out for
a one millionth opinion
or the best offer at least

we gotta face up to reality...
Track Name: but you never told me
head in the sand
had my fingers crossed
bridges burning
brain counting on what
you oughta be
and for a brief period
really had me there
had me going
promised me mountains
promised the sea

but you never told me
about the guy in the dinosaur helmet
but you never said
anything about a nuclear freeze

and never assume
it just makes you make
a jerk of me
waiting on mountains
hold on the sea

but you never told me
about the guy in the dinosaur helmet
but you never said
anything about a nuclear freeze
but you never told me
about your time in the minimum security
but you never said
anything about a mental disease

say some guy called said it's
time to go home
sounds you're in some kind of trouble
you in some kind of jam?
hey you should have said something
however you must be some kind of
psycho

but you never told me...
Track Name: you're no fun at all
thinking up threats to you
fights to fight
thinking up names to call
you're no fun at all

caged like an animal
lashing out
trapped inside these four walls
you're no fun at all

now it's a sunny day
in your world so cold
in your world so small
come out and play or
are you no fun at all

how can people live
up to your
specifications now
you're no fun at all

there's a world outside
double parked
waiting out in the hall
but you're no fun at all

now it's a sunny day
in your world so cold
in your world so small
come out and play or
are you no fun at all

no fun at all
you're no fun at all
in your world so small
you're no fun at all
no fun at all
you're no fun at all
Track Name: automaton
there's been some reservations about the
dirt you're hanging with
and we know about your family
and there's some suspicion about that
penny-ante job
in a restaurant
up on newbury

a lot is being said about that
funny-color hair
and your clothes have come under attack
a lot is being said about
your driving all around
in a subaru
like a maniac

we've had our eye upon you
for quite a while now
and you've been on file since early on
it goes against our policy
your walking all around
everywhere like
an automaton
everywhere like
an automaton
an automaton
everywhere like
an automaton
Track Name: instead of you
i don't know what to say to you
don't know what to say
but i know it's true
i know it's true

i don't know what to do with you
don't know what to do
but it'll probably do
it'll probably do

the days are getting cold
the story's getting old

but i can't stay away from you
i can't stay away
and you know it's true
you know it's true

the days are getting cold
the story's getting old

and i don't have much to think about
much to think about
instead of you
instead of you
Track Name: you're no fun at all (early demo version)
imagining threats to you
fights to fight
thinking up names to call
you're no fun at all

caged like an animal
lashing out
trapped inside these four walls
you're no fun at all

now it's a sunny day
in your world so cold
in your world so small
come out and play or
are you no fun at all

how can people live
up to your
specifications now
you're no fun at all

there's a world outside
double parked
waiting out in the hall
but you're no fun at all

now it's a sunny day
in your world so cold
in your world so small
come out and play or
are you no fun at all

no fun at all
you're no fun at all
in your world so small
you're no fun at all
no fun at all
you're no fun at all