Most Messed Up Commentary pt 2
Ken Bethea, Stage Right

(Also see Part 1)


The first time I heard Rhett sing this song I thought it was about getting drunk and I didn’t find it all that interesting. When I realized it was actually about wasting your life away (whether that be holding a guitar or sitting in a cubicle), I did a 180. While it may seem obvious that spending 21 years “dancing on the edge of the big black void” has been a no-brainer of a career decision, it is not.

Through the years, I’ve made references to other songs I like with my guitar parts (Kiss’s “Great Expectations” on “Barrier Reef”, for instance). The melody on the guitar outro is my little nod to the vocal at the end of Pulp’s “Common People”. A song that I suspect, but can’t confirm, was the greatest song of the 90’s.

Guitar 1 – Black Telecaster> Matchless Chieftain
Guitar 2 – Landric Chief> Matchless Chieftain. I have the Chief tuned way down to C I think. It’s what I’m playing all those low notes on.


Ride the wild waves!!! I love me some chances to play surf/Dead Kennedy’s style guitar. A couple of years ago we were using a Adam and the Ants song called “Los Rancheros” as walk on music. The intro to “Guadalajara” is that kind of sound. We were all really happy when we put that together. We just put it in the set last week and it’s great fun playing it live.

Intro Guitar – Gretsch Tennessee Rose> Fender Twin Reverb turned loud as possible with the Reverb on 10
Main Guitar – Gretsch Tennesee Rose> Matchless Chieftain

The Disconnect

This song reminds me of something we would have done around our Fight Songs era. Sort of a mix between “The Villain” and “ Indefinitely”. Clean solo. Cool vocals, especially at the end with Rhett and Murry doing that call and response stuff.

Guitar 1 – Black Telecaster> Matchless Chieftain
Guitar 2 and Solo – Landric Telecaster> Matchless Chieftain

The Ex of All You See

It took us a while to figure out what this song was about. It started as more of a sad country song but that really wasn’t working that well as a band. It didn’t feel fresh. Philip and Salim got us to try more of garage rock stomp and the song took off. It let me play those Who-style big chords which isn’t normal. I also like the way they let me choke my guitar off at the very end of the song in the mix.

Guitar 1 – Gretsch Sparklejet> 50’s Era Gibson Les Paul amp
Guitar 2 – Can’t remember bleh

Intervention and Most Messed Up

The two songs that the full band played with Tommy Stinson on. We played these songs several times each, back to back that night after drinks had been served. Pretty fun. They are both pretty much just straight blues songs, which we never do. That’s also fun but I can’t imagine being in a blues band and just doing this night after night. Seems like it would get fairly stale.

Ken – Gretsch Tennesee Rose> Matchless Chieftain
Tommy – G&L ASAT (Same guitar that’s on “Salome”> A Fender amp we set up in the bathroom.

Career Opportunities (pre-order bonus track)

I had been thinking that as much Clash as we reference within our own songs, we had never covered a Clash song at any time, even in the beginning when we did lots of covers. We were looking for covers for bonus tracks and I suggested “Career Opportunities” since it’s theme matched the rest of the record. We’ve just started adding it to the live set and it’s awesome fun to play.

We did a few other covers. “Jeepster” by T. Rex and a song about Cupid by a 60’s band I had never heard of, but Rhett’s uncle played in the original band and he also plays on our cover. It seems like we may have done one more but I can’t remember.

That was pretty much the session. We hope you sweet people are having fun with the album.




  1. Does anyone know what amps were used on Too Far to Care?

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