Broken Hearted Friends EP
Release Date: December 1, 2005
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Persuasion (3:23) (mp3)
Me (4:46) (mp3)
Your Black Umbrella (3:42) (mp3)
Broken Hearted Friends EP contains four songs written by
associates of Hussalonia founder Jesse Mank. The songs were originally
written for bands that have since broken up and dissolved into
obscurity. This "covers" album was made out of a frustration
that more people should hear these songs, even if it's only twenty-five
more people. The recordings were made in one or two takes with
a limit of six tracks of overdubs. Little effort was made to hide
the noises that occurred while the recordings took place. As a
result, you can hear cars driving by, chairs creaking, cats jumping
from bookshelves and even the dog's collar jingling in one song.
This was done to illustrate the modesty in which these songs have
been recorded. These versions are not to trump the originals,
but to accompany them on their road to obscurity.
Apartments: This song was written for the Buffalo based
band The Dollar Canon and released on their Future Apartments
EP in 1999. At this writing, the EP is still in print and can
be purchased from their website (www.lamplightrecordings.com).
In addition, they've posted their final album as a free download.
Jesse considers Dollar Canon members George Skaros and Jay Mazz
good friends, even if neither can return a phone call to save
Josh Davis composed this song under the pseudonym Raydeen in the
late 1990s. To our knowledge Raydeen has never officially released
anything but this song on a tiny Japanese compilation in 2004.
Josh is better known for BitShifter, a project in which he composes
music using a Nintendo Gameboy. Jesse encourages people to contact
Josh through his website (www.abandonedarts.com)
and tell him that we need more Raydeen.
The unfortunately titled Milf were at their professional peak
in the early 1990s, and became sandwhiched between the relative
successes of two other Buffalo bands, Tugboat Annie and the Goo
Goo Dolls. Milf landed a deal with the now defunct Big Deal records
in 94 (who also put out a latter Enuff Z'Nuff record). By the
time Jesse became friends with drummer Brett Essler in the 00s,
Milf had passed on. Their '94 album ha ha bus! is out of print
and, unfortunately, could best be found used on the internet.
Black Umbrella: Famed lawyer Finney Jean Soda Esq. originally
wrote this song for the shelved Hollywood movie Teen Wolf 3 starring
One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray. The song was to play during
the touching scene when the teen wolf shaves his fur and rinses
it off in the rain for love interest Hillary Duff. Due to legal
complications, the film was never made and the script was sold
to an Argentinian film company who, after rewrites, felt Finney's
song was no longer appropriate. Finney produced Hussalonia's 2004
release Percy "thrills" Hussalonia and is currently
working on a children's television show called "Hey, that's
my baby seal!"